Baseline Buzz: Djoker leads the way

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LONDON -- Certainly, the futbol has been fabulous down in Brazil. The knockout round is upon us and some tasty matchups -- U.S.-Belgium, anyone? -- wait.

But while the World Cup spreads its round of 16 across four days, Wimbledon has a more direct approach. The All England Club, despite a horrific day of rain this past Saturday, will get it done in two; four third-round matches will be contested Monday.

By the end of Tuesday, all 16 men's and women's fourth-round matches should be complete. How will Monday's men's matches play out?

No. 1 Novak Djokovic versus No. 14 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga

Carl Bialik: Two years ago at the French Open, Djokovic saved four match points against Tsonga. He's gone on to win the next 15 sets against Tsonga. Grass represents Tsonga's best chance against Djokovic, but still not a great one. Djokovic in four.

Greg Garber: Djokovic has won 12 of their 17 matches -- and eight in a row. He's dialed in right now, and I don't think Tsonga, who has carved up his first two opponents with his serve, will get many past the game's best returner. Djokovic in four.

Melissa Isaacson: Tsonga said he is looking forward to the match and a chance to avenge the "embarrassing" drubbing he took at the hands of Djokovic at the French Open. Tsonga blamed a lack of preparation last time, but he is 6-12 versus the Serb. Djokovic in straights.

Matt Wilansky: A painful third-set fall didn't hold back Djokovic from walloping Gilles Simon, but the top seed will now have to contend with a more explosive Frenchman in Tsonga. Still, Djokovic hasn't lost before the semis at Wimbledon since 2009. Djokovic in straights.

No. 3 Andy Murray versus No. 20 Kevin Anderson

Bialik: Murray is looking better than he did at this stage last year, when he won the title. Anderson usually plays to rank, beating guys he should and losing to those who should beat him. Murray, who isn't troubled much by tall servers like Anderson, should beat him in straights.

Garber: I like Anderson -- I picked him as my sleeper for this event -- but your serve can only carry you so far against a great returner, and the defending champion. Murray in four.

Isaacson: Anderson actually beat the defending Wimbledon champ in straight sets at the Canadian Masters in their last meeting (2011), but that was on the hard court. Murray is playing great tennis, perhaps the best among the men, and will get past Anderson with only a little more effort. Murray in four.

Wilansky: Make that 15 straight sets and counting at the All England Club for the defending champ. Even at 6-foot-8 with a gargantuan serve, Anderson doesn't have a prayer. Murray in three.

No. 5 Stan Wawrinka versus Denis Istomin (third round)

Bialik: Grass isn't Wawrinka's favorite surface, and it might be Istomin's. The Australian Open champ has a knack for making matches dramatic. This one will go five before he wins it.

Garber: A lot of folks thought Wawrinka might be an early exit here, but he's been steady. Through he goes to the fourth round.

Isaacson: Is Wawrinka finding his Aussie Open mojo? Not convinced, but he he should be good enough against Istomin to get to the fourth round. Wawrinka in four.

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