Unseeded Jiri Lehecka hopes to extend his excellent form at Wimbledon in a second-round match against Tommy Paul on Saturday. Lehecka has been in exceptional form at the All England Club. He has won his two matches without dropping a set. After dropping 12 games in his tournament opener against Sebstian Ofner, Lehecka was more dominant in his second match. He allowed Francisco Cerundolo just six games and won in one hour and 26 minutes. This was his fourth win on grass and the 25th victory of the season and allowed him to set a new personal record here. Before this year, the Czech had never won a main draw match at Wimbledon. He now moves up a place to 36th in the live ranking.
Tommy Paul, 16th seed, battled for three hours against Milos Raonic in the last round and won in four sets. The second and third sets needed seven games to decide. He is now on eight wins on grass in 11 matches and will target going beyond the fourth round for the first time. The American made it to the second week of competing for the first time here last season. Paul has had a decent campaign thus far, winning 28 of 43 matches culminating in three finals. This has seen him become a mainstay in the ATP top 20 where he has now risen to 14th in the live ranking. The winner here will next face either third seed Daniil Medvedev or unseeded Marton Fucsovics.
Our prediction for Jiri Lehecka v Tommy Paul is for Lehecka to win. Lehecka is yet to drop a set at Wimbledon but he might have to here to win. Paul battled for three hours in his last match which is an hour less the time it took Lehecka to win his second-round match. With both players playing exceptionally well this season on grass, we foresee a nervy finish in this one.