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Abu Dhabi, UAEMonday 17 December 2018

Wimbledon 2017: Nadal, Azarenka and Murray feature in matches to watch on Day 3

The second round of the grand slam tournament sees both Andy Murray and Rafael Nadal in action on Centre Court.

Rafael Nadal dropped only six games in his first round win at Wimbledon. Tim Ireland / AP Photo
Rafael Nadal dropped only six games in his first round win at Wimbledon. Tim Ireland / AP Photo

Ahead of today's second-round matches at Wimbledon, with the action starting from 2.30pm UAE time, here is some of the best games to watch out for.

Andy Murray (1) v Dustin Brown - second match on Centre Court

Given he has never been higher than No 64 in the world, it is surprising that Brown is considered such a potential thorn in the side of the world No 1.

It is probably because of the fact he beat Rafael Nadal at Wimbledon in 2015, but with his big serve, the American could be troublesome for Murray if he can gain some early momentum.

Murray should progress, but do not be surprised if Brown takes at least one set off him.

Elena Vesnina (15) v Victoria Azarenka - first match on Court No 3

This will be a tough test of Azarenka's return to grand slam tennis.

She was not convincing in beating CiCi Bellis in three sets in the first round, and she is up against the 15th seed, who reached the semi-finals at Wimbledon last year.

This will be a useful insight into what level the world No 1 is at, and how much work she has to do to get back to the top of the game.

Rafael Nadal (4) v Donald Young - third match on Centre Court

Nadal looked superb in the first round and it was arguably the most convincing he has looked on grass since 2011, an encouraging sign for his hopes of a third Wimbledon crown.

Young, the world No 43, should offer more of a challenge than John Millman, who won only six games against the 15-time grand slam winner, but given his form, it will be a shock if Nadal is on court for more than three sets.

Camila Giorgi v Madison Keys (17) - fourth match on Court 3

Keys has been threatening to breakthrough into the elite of the women's game for two years now since she reached the semi-finals at the Australian Open in 2015.

The American has not gone that far at a major since, but she has a chance here in a relatively open draw, but Giorgi, the world No 84, showed grit in coming from a set down to beat Alize Cornet in the first round. The Italian will not be an easy opponent to overcome.

Kei Nishikori (9) v Sergiy Stakhovsky - first match on Court 1

Nishikori has never been beyond the last 16 at Wimbledon, but he looked to have put recent injury problems behind him as he dropped only four games in thrashing Marco Cecchinato on Monday.

Stakhovsky is best remembered as the man who beat Roger Federer in the second round in 2013, making him the only man in the past 15 years to have beaten the 18-time major winner in the first week at the All England Club.

Despite grass being Nishikori's weakest surface, there is nothing in Stakhovsky's recent endeavours to suggest an upset is on the cards; he has been beyond the second round only once in the past 11 grand slams.