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December 1, 2023

Wimbledon 2021: Federer, Djokovic, Kerber, Ons Jabeur Into The Last-8

Written By Omolagba Oluwayemi

Men’s Singles

Roger Federer becomes the oldest Wimbledon quarter-finalist in modern era after beating Lorenzo Sonego 7-5, 6-4, 6-2 to reach the quarter-finals of 2021 Wimbledon championship.

The vintage tennis star who reached his 58th Grand Slam quarter-finals in the aftermath of the victory have Lorenzo Sonego no chance nor hope as he completely swept him aside.

Federer will meet either second seed Daniil Medvedev of Russia or the Polish 14th seed Hubert Hurkacz, whose match in Court 2 was interrupted due to rain. Medvedev was trailing 4-3 in the fourth set after taking a 2-1 lead 6-2, 6(2)-7, 6-3.

World number one, Novak Djokovic marched effortlessly into his 50th Grand Slam quarter-final beating Christian Garin 6-2, 6-4, 6-2 in the round 16.

Djokovic, chasing a sixth Wimbledon and record-equalling 20th major, eased into the last-eight at the tournament for the 12th time with a 6-2, 6-4, 6-2 win over Chile’s Cristian Garin.

He will next face Hungary’s Marton Fucsovics, one of a host of players booking last-eight spots at the tournament for the first time.

Fucsovics became just the third Hungarian man and first in 73 years to reach the Wimbledon quarterfinals.

The 29-year-old, ranked at 48 in the world, defeated Russian fifth seed Andrey Rublev 6-3, 4-6, 4-6, 6-0, 6-3.

Fucsovics blasted 41 winners past Rublev as he reached his first quarterfinal at the Slams.

Canada’s Felix Auger-Aliassime reached the quarterfinals of a Grand Slam for the first time on Monday with a five-set win over Germany’s Alexander Zverev at Wimbledon.

Auger-Aliassime, seeded 16, defeated his fourth-seeded German opponent 6-4, 7-6 (8/6), 3-6, 3-6, 6-4 and will face Italy’s seventh seed Matteo Berrettini for a place in the semifinals.

Matteo Berrettini stayed on course to emulate Boris Becker in 1985 in adding the Wimbledon title to winning Queen’s on his debut, easing into the quarterfinals with a 6-4, 6-3, 6-1 victory over Ilya Ivashka of Belarus.

The 25-year-old Italian plays Canada’s 16th seed Felix Auger-Aliassime.

Canadian Denis Shapovalov put in a near-flawless show to defeat eighth seed Roberto Bautista Agut of Spain 6-1 6-3 7-5 on Monday to book a maiden Wimbledon quarterfinal spot.

Shapovalov, seeded 10th, had lost to Ricardas Berankis in the first round in his last appearance at the All England Club in 2019 but has shown remarkable form on grass this season.

Karen Khachanov spearheaded a Russian assault in the fourth round at Wimbledon on Monday as he beat last-standing American Sebastian Korda in a five-set dog fight to reach the quarterfinals for the first time.

The 25th seed needed four attempts to finish Korda off in a titanic final set, three times failing to hold serve to win the match but eventually coming through 3-6 6-4 6-3 5-7 10-8.

Women’s Singles

Ons Jabeur became the first Tunisian player to make the last-eight at the All England Club, leading a host of first timers to reach the landmark on ‘Manic Monday’.

Jabeur, 26, prevailed over seventh seed Iga Swiatek 5-7 6-1 6-1 to become the first Arab woman to reach the last eight at the All England Club.

Jabeur will face world number four, Aryna Sabalenka who beats Kazakh 18th seed Elena Rybakina 6-3 4-6 6-3 to also reach her first Grand Slam quarter-final.

It was the end of the road for American teenager Coco Gauff who lost to former champion, Angelique Kerber.

The 2018 winner overcame the talented 17-year-old Gauff 6-4 6-4 to set up a quarter-final date with Australian Open semi-finalist Karolina Muchova who in her round 16 defeated Spanish Paula Badosa 7-6 (8-6) 6-4.

World number one Ashleigh Barty reached the last eight at Wimbledon for the first time with a 7-5 6-3 victory over French Open champion Barbora Krejcikova.

Australian Barty will face compatriot Ajla Tomljanovic after British wildcard Emma Raducanu, 18, retired from their match for medical reasons.

Czech eighth seed Karolina Pliskova will play Swiss world number 66 Viktorija Golubic in the quarters following her 6-2 6-3 win against Russian wildcard Liudmila Samsonova, while Golubic shocked American 23rd seed Madison Keys 7-6 (7-3) 6-3.

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