Wimbledon 2016: Britain's Dan Evans set for Roger Federer encounter

Evans v Dolgopolov - five best shots
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Great Britain's Dan Evans meets seven-times champion Roger Federer in the third round at Wimbledon on Friday.

The 26-year-old follows in the footsteps of compatriot Marcus Willis in meeting the Swiss on Centre Court.

British qualifier Willis, ranked 772 in the world, lost 6-0 6-3 6-4 to Federer on Wednesday.

World number one Serena Williams is second on Centre Court as the defending champion faces fellow American Christina McHale.

In the men's draw, Novak Djokovic will be on Court One as the Serb continues his bid to defend his Wimbledon title against American Sam Querrey.

Over on Court number three, Britain's Tara Moore faces number 13 seed Svetlana Kuznetsova of Russia.

The British number four, who was born in Hong Kong, defied her world ranking of 227 to shock Alison Van Uytvanck - ranked 100 places higher - in straight sets in the first round.

Centre Court order of play (13:00 BST start)
Juan Martin del Potro (Arg) v [4] Stanislas Wawrinka (Swi)
[1] Serena Williams (US) v Christina McHale (US)
[3] Roger Federer (Swi) v Dan Evans (Gbr)

Can Evans trouble Federer?

Evans has enjoyed a remarkable run in the past year, climbing more than 650 places up the world rankings since dropping to 772nd in May 2015.

Questions were raised about the Birmingham player's commitment to the sport when he did not turn up to a Futures event, while he has also struggled with a knee injury.

But he has rediscovered his fitness and form in the past 12 months, helping Great Britain win the Davis Cup and claiming three ATP Challenger titles.

He was rewarded with his first Wimbledon win against Germany's Jan-Lennard Struff, before setting up the meeting with Federer by beating 30th seed Alexandr Dolgopolov on Thursday.

"(Federer's) not a normal guy obviously, but he's another tennis player," said Evans.

"I just have to prepare myself and try and put that to the back of my head - that it's Roger I'm playing - go out and give it my best."

"Dan will go out there and try to make life as difficult as possible for Roger," said British former Wimbledon semi-finalist Tim Henman.

"He needs to serve well, use that good sliced backhand and try and dictate when he gets the chance. Obviously that's not easy against Federer."

Wimbledon 2016: Dan Evans v Roger Federer
And here's that sliced backhand that Tim Henman is talking about. In his second-round win, Dan Evans showed his ability to hit consistent slice shots, which are difficult to deal with because of the low and skiddy bounce on the grass court. On his backhand side, Evans hit almost all slice (89%), keeping the ball low for his opponent, but still giving himself adequate margin for error with an average net clearance of 56cm. Evans will try to use this to construct the point against Federer to utilise his powerful forehand.

Venus Williams swiftly back in action

Venus Williams
Venus Williams last won Wimbledon in 2008

Venus Williams makes a swift return to action as the former world number one plays Russian Daria Kasatkina on Court One.

Williams overcame Greek qualifier Maria Sakkari 7-5 4-6 6-3 in the second round on Thursday.

However, the five-times Wimbledon champion appeared to be disappointed at having to play on Court 18 - the smallest show court at the All England Club.

"I think if players have to play outside (on the outside courts), all players should have to play outside," said Williams.

"There shouldn't be exceptions or any inequality to it."

Court One order of play (13:00 BST start)
[8] Venus Williams (US) v Daria Kasatkina (Rus)
[1] Novak Djokovic (Ser) v Sam Querrey (US)
[27] Jack Sock (US) v [6] Milos Raonic (Can)

Here come the entertainers

Rain on Wednesday resulted in a hefty backlog of matches, meaning the remaining second-round encounters will be completed on Friday.

Two of the game's entertainers, Nick Kyrgios and Dustin Brown, meet in a battle for a place in the third round.

The pair are close friends, having played together for the Singapore Slammers in last year's International Premier Tennis League.

Wimbledon 2016: Dustin Brown v Nick Kyrgios what to expect...

Also playing their second-round match are Stan Wawrinka and Juan Martin del Potro.

Former US Open champion Del Potro is making his return to Grand Slam action at Wimbledon after battling back from three wrist operations that almost led to him retiring from tennis.

"I was close to quitting at the end of last year but now is completely different," said the Argentine.

"I'm expecting to be better in the future, but for this year my biggest challenge is to finish healthy and make a good preparation for next year."

Court Two order of play (11:00 BST start)
[15] Nick Kyrgios (Aus) v Dustin Brown (Ger)
[10] Petra Kvitova (Cze) v Ekaterina Makarova (Rus)
Andrey Kuznetsov (Rus) v [5] Kei Nishikori (Jpn)
[5] Simona Halep (Rom) v [26] Kiki Bertens (Ned)

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