Wimbledon 2022 Round 3 Predictions: Nadal and Swiatek take center stage

The third round of the Wimbledon Championship is all set to take center stage as the likes of Rafael Nadal, Iga Swiatek and Stefanos Tsitsipas will be in action. 

With resounding semifinal wins the star players will be eyeing a place in the second week of the championships. So here is a look at all the big-name matches and predictions for the third round.

1. Rafael Nadal vs Lorenzo Sonego

Rafael Nadal is yet to lose a Grand Slam match in 2022 and will be ready for the challenge against Italian Lorenzo Sonego. 

Looking at the match, Nadal should be the hot favourite to clinch the tie, but Sonego has enough in the tank to cause an upset. 

This will be the first time both Nadal and Sonego meet. However, with an impressive outing so far, Nadal should win the tie and advance to the fourth round. 

Wimbledon 2022 Round 3 Predictions – Rafael Nadal to win in straight sets against Lorenzo Sonego

2. Iga Swiatek vs Alize Cornet

Iga Swiatek has stretched her unbeaten run to 37 matches now after she advanced to the third round of Wimbledon. Swiatek will face the challenge of Alize Cornet in the third round as she prepares for a stern challenge. 

This will be the first time the pair will meet each other. However looking at the form of Swiatek and her overall baseline play and forehand, it is hard to think about the winner apart from Swiatek. 

Wimbledon 2022 Round 3 Predictions – Iga Swiatek to win in straight sets against Alize Cornet

3. Stefanos Tsitsipas vs Nick Kyrgios

Stefanos Tsitsipas will be another player hoping to advance to the later stages of the Wimbledon championships. Standing in his way will be cult hero Nick Kyrgois. 

The Australian has a great head-to-head record against Tsitsipas having won on three occasions. Tsitsipas will have to bring his A-game to the table as he needs a perfect game plan to outclass Kyrgios. It could be a tight affair that can be touch and go in any direction.

Wimbledon 2022 Round 3 Predictions – Stefanos Tsitsipas to win in five sets against Nick Kyrgios

4. Simona Halep vs Magdalena Fręch

As a former champion, Simona Halep will have plenty of experience on her cards and faces Magdalena Fręch in the third round. 

The 2019 Wimbledon champion will try to assert her authority on the match having not dropped a single set in the first two rounds. 

Magdalena Fręch will have to be at her fluent best in the match if she is to cause an upset, but has the potential to take away at least a set.

Wimbledon 2022 Round 3 Predictions – Simona Halep to win in three sets against Magdalena Fręch

5. Taylor Fritz vs Alex Molcan

Taylor Fritz has had a stellar 2022 and will try to continue his impressive run in the Wimbledon Championships. 

In the course of the year where he defeated Rafael Nadal in the final of the Indian Wells, he will be taunted to make the most in the third round of Wimbledon against Alex Molcan. 

The clash will be a one-sided affair on paper, but Molcan will be expected to at least pull away with a set.

Wimbledon 2022 Round 3 Predictions – Taylor Fritz to win in four sets against Alex Molcan

6. Paula Badosa vs Petra Kvitova

The fourth seed in the women’s singles category, Paula Badosa will face a litmus test against former two-time Wimbledon Champion Petra Kvitova. The battle of the seeded players will be a treat for the fans while it remains a hard match to predict. 

The only previous clash between the two stars saw Kvitova win at the 2020 Australian Open. For Badosa it will be a shot at revenge as she is enjoying the form of her life.

Wimbledon 2022 Round 3 Predictions – Paula Badosa to win in three sets against Petra Kvitova

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