The men's singles quarter-finals begin on Tuesday at Wimbledon, with two matches on tap at SW19. Top seed Novak Djokovic will face Jannik Sinner in the Centre Court opener, with Great Britain's Cameron Norrie and David Goffin set to close play on No. 1 Court. 

Two men's doubles quarter-finals are also set for Day 9 at The Championships. Defending champions and second seeds Nikola Mektic and Mate Pavic face 11th seeds and two-time Roland Garros champs Kevin Krawietz and Andreas Mies on No. 3 Court, while 2019 Wimbledon champions Juan Sebastian Cabal and Robert Farah face Americans Denis Kudla and Jack Sock on Court 12. 

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[1] Novak Djokovic [SER] vs. [10] Jannik Sinner (ITA)

Prior to this quarter-final clash, Djokovic paid his opponent a supreme compliment by comparing the Italian's game to his own.

"I kind of see a little bit of myself in his game," the Serbian said in his most recent press conference. "From back of the court, playing flat backhands, constantly staying on the back of the line, trying to put pressure on opponents."

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The pair has met just once before, when Djokovic opened their ATP Head2Head series last year at the Rolex Monte-Carlo Masters with a 6-4, 6-2 victory. But the 20-year-old Sinner is much improved since then; a five-time tour-level titlist, the Italian claimed three of those trophies in the second half of the 2021 season.

Despite his youth, Sinner has played 25 matches against players inside the Top 10 of the Pepperstone ATP Rankings, including seven this season. While his record stands at 8-17 in such contests, he improved that mark in the Wimbledon fourth round when he outclassed Carlos Alcaraz to reach his third career Grand Slam quarter-final. The only major at which he has not progressed to that stage is the US Open, where he reached the fourth round last year.

"For sure I showed also this year [that] I've got consistency," Sinner said in his post-match press conference. "I made many quarter-finals, many Round of 16s. I think I improved also physically. If you go Grand Slam after Grand Slam and you go into the second week, you have to be good also physically."

After picking up his first grass-court win earlier this fortnight, Sinner starred against Alcaraz in his Centre Court debut. Naturally, his confidence level on the surface is at an all-time high. Djokovic watched the showdown of former Intesa Sanpaolo Next Gen ATP Finals champions and described it as a "dominant performance" by the Italian in which he "was always somehow in control". 

The Serbian was also pleased with his own fourth-round outing as he pulled away from wild card Tim van Rijthoven in a four-set win, ending the Dutchman's dream debut at The Championships. While the top seed opened his post-match presser with kind words for van Rijthoven, he closed with a glowing assessment of his next opponent.

"I have only superlatives and positive things to talk about Sinner's game," Djokovic said. "We all know he's very talented. He's already now an established top player.

"I've seen him play many different surfaces in the last few years. He's maturing a lot on the big stage... He's very confident. He believes he can win against anybody [in] any stadium, which is important for a young player like him. He's already now experienced, even though he's still young, because he has had big matches."

Matches don't come much bigger than facing Djokovic on Centre Court.

[9] Cameron Norrie [GBR] vs. David Goffin [BEL]

The last Briton remaining in the men's or women's singles draw, Norrie has appealed to his home fans to ratchet up their support in Wimbledon's second week.

"Unfortunately I'm the last one standing," he said after extending his best major run into the quarter-finals. "But I think it's even more reason for everyone to get behind me. The atmosphere was great today and definitely helped me get over the line there.

The 26-year-old defeated American Tommy Paul in straight sets — his third such victory of the fortnight — and has improved with each match, taking a cue from the likes of top seeds Djokovic and Rafael Nadal.

"If you look at a lot of the top players, they get better as the tournament progresses," he said. "I feel like with myself, for sure, [that has been the case here]... I think I played my better two matches in the third and fourth rounds. I feel like I'm improving and my level is getting better. Definitely a little bit more calm in the bigger matches. It's nice to do it that way around."

Goffin also had a strong fourth-round performance in a battling five-set win against Frances Tiafoe. "Top-10 level, easy," Tiafoe said of the four-hour, 36-minute contest — the longest of the tournament. "[We were] hitting ridiculous shots, both of us."

The Belgian is through to the quarter-finals for the second time in as many appearances at SW19, having last competed in 2019, when he bowed out against eventual champion Djokovic.

"I was very excited to come back here because it's a very important tournament for me, because it's probably my favorite tournament of the year," Goffin said after advancing. "[It is] a place that I love, a surface that I can play really well [on]. I had some great results on that surface. It means a lot."

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The former World No. 7 ended his 2021 season in September due to a knee inury, but has enjoyed a resurgent 2022 campaign. He earned his 300th tour-level win in April in Marrakech and went on to claim the title at the ATP 250 event to kickstart a strong clay swing.

While Goffin will not be the fresher quarter-finalist on No. 1 Court, he will have the advantage of experience, playing at that stage of a major for the fourth time as he seeks his first semi-final.

"He's a very experienced player," Norrie assessed ahead of the pair's first meeting. "He really likes the grass. He's played a lot of big matches. It's going to be tough. He's a great competitor, a really good athlete. He's got a very complete game.

"One thing for sure, I know that I'm going to get into a lot of rallies with him. He's not going to come and serve me off the court, which is good. It's going to be another physical match, which is great for me.

"I'm looking forward to competing. It's going to be another huge challenge."

Posted: July 4, 2022, 10:08 pm

Andy Murray and Felix Auger-Aliassime have both accepted a wild card into next week’s Infosys Hall of Fame Open in Newport.

Murray will compete at the Rhode Island ATP 250 for the first time in 16 years, having advanced to the semi-finals in 2006. The Scot also played the tournament — where he owns a 4-2 record — in 2005.

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Auger-Aliassime will make his debut in Newport. The 21-year-old Canadian is No. 9 in the Pepperstone ATP Rankings and will pursue his second ATP Tour title. Earlier this year, he lifted his maiden tour-level trophy in Rotterdam.

“I’m looking forward to competing in the Infosys Hall of Fame Open for the first time,” Auger-Aliassime said. “Newport’s tennis history is one-of-a-kind, and I’m excited to experience all it has to offer, continue the grass court season, and meet the local fans.”

The field also includes four-time champion John Isner, 2018 champion Steve Johnson and other American stars including Jenson Brooksby and Maxime Cressy.

Posted: July 4, 2022, 7:51 pm

Rafael Nadal's adjustment period is over at Wimbledon — if there was any doubt. For the second match running, he produced some of his best tennis to advance in straight sets against a seeded opponent, fending off a late comeback attempt.

The Spaniard closed Monday's play on Centre Court with a 6-4, 6-2, 7-6(6) victory against 21st seed Botic van de Zandschulp, securing his spot in the quarter-finals for his third consecutive appearance at SW19. After reaching his eighth quarter-final at The Championships, he will look to reach his third semi-final in as many tries when he takes on 11th-seeded American Taylor Fritz on Wednesday.

"I continued in a positive way," he said. "I think, until the end [when] I played a bad game at 5-3, [it] had been a very positive match against a difficult opponent. Botic has been improving unbelievably in the last year, so huge congratulations to him this amazing improvement.

"In a personal way, after all the things that happened the last couple of months, to be able to be in the quarter-finals at Wimbledon after three years without playing here [since 2019], it's amazing for me, so [I'm] very, very happy."

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This contest was more nervy than his third-round win against Lorenzo Sonego, who broke for the first time late in the third set before Nadal snapped back to claim a 6-4 final set.

Against van de Zandschulp, the Spaniard failed to serve out the match at 5-3 and led 6/3 in the third-set tie-break before claiming victory on his fourth match point when an overhead flew just wide. Despite the delay, Nadal finished off the match in a swift two hours, 21 minutes, before fading daylight could prompt the closure of the Centre Court roof.

Nadal brushed off two lost return games in the final set — his only blemishes in the match — with a dominant performance in the tie-break.The 36-year-old earned a crucial mini-break midway through the tie-break by moving van de Zandschulp all around the backcourt in a lengthy, lung-busting rally, with the Dutchman missing a drop shot as his legs began to fade.

Earlier in the set, the Spaniard played one of his best games of the match to break for 4-2, hitting two cross-court backhand passes to edge in front. After tracking down a tough volley to fire the first, an incredulous van de Zandschulp gazed back in disbelief. The second relied more on touch than power and resulted in a lawnmower celebration from the Spaniard, who repeatedly pumped his fist.

Nadal is bidding to complete the third leg of the Grand Slam — winning all four majors in the same season — by winning his third Wimbledon crown and a record-extending 23rd major men's singles title. He has never before entered The Championships with the Australian Open and Roland Garros trophies in tow.

He next faces Fritz, who was a 6-3, 6-1, 6-4 winner against Jason Kubler earlier on Monday. As Nadal mentioned in his on-court interview, the American beat him in the Indian Wells final in March. The 24-year-old is enjoying a breakout year, having reached a career-high Pepperstone ATP Ranking of No. 13 after his triumph at the BNP Paribas Open in his native southern California.

"He's playing well, he's having an amazing year, winning his first Masters 1000 — against me, by the way, in the final," Nadal said, drawing laughs. "It's going to be a tough match, but we are in the quarter-finals of Wimbledon so what can I expect?"

Posted: July 4, 2022, 7:31 pm

After Ken Skupski made a strong start to his 14th and final Wimbledon campaign alongside Jonny O'Mara, the Briton’s professional career came to an end Monday with a third-round defeat.

Skupski, a seven-time ATP Tour titlist, announced his plan to retire after Wimbledon in a social media post prior to the grass-court major. The lefty and O’Mara opened the tournament with two straight-sets victories, but Kevin Krawietz and Andreas Mies proved to be the final opponents of Skupski’s career.

The two-time Roland Garros champions earned a 7-6(6), 6-4, 6-4 victory to book a quarter-final matchup against defending champions Nikola Mektic and Mate Pavic.

Skupski won three of his seven ATP Tour crowns alongside younger brother Neal Skupski, including his maiden ATP 500 trophy in Acapulco in 2021. The brothers also reached the quarter-finals at Wimbledon in 2017. The 39-year-old Ken reached his career-high of No. 44 in the Pepperstone ATP Doubles Rankings in July 2010.

“Tennis has given me so much over the years and I expect it will continue to give me plenty more in the future," Skupski wrote in the post announcing his retirement. "I would like to thank everyone who has helped and supported me along the way. I’ve made some amazing friends, competed with many amazing players and shared the court with some legends of the game.”

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Skupski’s brother Neal also exited the grass-court major on Monday in the third round. Fourteenth seeds Matthew Ebden and Max Purcell defeated  the 32-year-old and his Dutch partner Wesley Koolhof 7-5, 6-4, 3-6 , 4-6, 7-5.

Ebden and Purcell, who lifted their maiden ATP Tour title together on the Houston clay in April, have enjoyed a strong grass-court season. The all-Australian duo reached the final in ‘s-Hertogenbosch and the semi-finals in Mallorca in the lead-up to Wimbledon.

Ebden and Purcell will next face countryman John Peers and partner Filip Polasek, who were 7-6(5), 6-4, 4-6, 6-4 winners against Jamie Murray and Bruno Soares. Peers and Polasek struck 18 winners to their opponents’ 10 to reach the quarter-finals at SW19 on their tournament debut as a team.

Denis Kudla and Jack Sock enjoyed a comfortable path to the quarter-finals as the Americans defeated 13th seeds Santiago Gonzalez and Andres Molteni 6-4, 6-2, 6-4. Kudla and two-time Wimbledon champion Sock did not face a break point in their one-hour, 33-minute victory. Their quarter-final opponents will be sixth seeds Juan Sebastian Cabal and Robert Farah.

Posted: July 4, 2022, 6:57 pm

Nick Kyrgios refused to get carried away on Monday despite reaching the quarter-finals at a Grand Slam for the first time since 2015.

The Australian clawed past #NextGenATP American Brandon Nakashima in five sets to equal his best run at Wimbledon and set a last-eight showdown against Chilean Cristian Garin.

“I'm not thinking about lifting a trophy or making semi-finals or making the final. I'm just thinking about my habits every day, just trying to put in a good performance on the court, then put in a good practice session,” Kyrgios said in his post-match press conference.

“[I am] trying to stay positive… Once I'm off the court, enjoy time with my team, my girlfriend, and just really enjoy that. Then [I] get into game mode. I'm not thinking about anything ahead or any [title] goals. I'm just really trying to stay in the moment.”

The 27-year-old, who advanced to the quarter-finals at SW19 in 2014 and at the Australian Open in 2015, struggled with a shoulder problem throughout the match, with the physio regularly called to court.

However, Kyrgios, who is 11-2 on grass in 2022, believes it is not an issue to be worried about as he looks to manage the situation moving forward.

“I woke up after [the Stefanos] Tsitsipas [match] and had some shoulder pain,” the Australian said. “I've played so much tennis in the past month and a half, so I almost knew that it was time for my body to start feeling some niggles.

“I think that's normal. At this time in the event, I don't think anyone is feeling 100 per cent. Obviously Rafa, you see him dealing with something niggling all the time. I just don't think anyone is feeling 100 per cent. It's just something I manage. Mentally I feel I just deal with these things a lot better now.”

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Kyrgios walked on Centre Court with almost a decade of Tour-level experience on the 20-year-old Nakashima. Despite starting slowly, the World No. 40 is pleased with how he handled the occasion.

“It was a really good mental performance today. I think I'm enjoying the battle a bit more,” said Kyrgios, who upset Rafael Nadal on debut at The Championships in 2014. “I'm expecting everyone to play well against me now because I was that kid once who stepped on that court, being the underdog, where today it was me walking on Centre Court being the favourite. It was completely different for me, a different feeling. But I was able to navigate that.”

Kyrgios will look to advance to his first Grand Slam semi-final when he faces Garin in London on Wednesday.

Posted: July 4, 2022, 6:05 pm

A fun sight throughout Wimbledon has been Novak Djokovic’s son, Stefan, joining the six-time champion on the practice court. What might be surprising is that it appears Stefan is developing a Rafael Nadal-like forehand, with his follow through whipping over his head.

“He likes to do that. He likes to intimidate me on the court with finishing the swing here. He knows I don't like that particularly. I'm trying to teach him to finish the hand here, the swing, over the shoulder,” Djokovic said. “He does that, but he does this as well. Whenever he does that he always laughs because he knows. We have these kind of funny moments on the court.”

Djokovic might be pursuing his seventh trophy at The Championships and his 21st major title, but he has made sure to enjoy every moment he has been able to share with Stefan, on or off the court.

“I try to use every available opportunity, possibility, time to play with him because he's right now fully immersed into tennis. Everything around tennis, how he can play, he's watching, he's analysing. We're talking,” Djokovic said. “[Saturday] night when I was putting him to bed, he was asking me questions: What is the difference between the racquet head sizes, the strings, why somebody is stringing less tension, all these basic questions that kids are very curious about.

“He's in love with tennis right now. It was fully his own desire to really pursue tennis. So of course I'm going to be there for him. I never force him to be on the tennis court, but if he wants, I try to always make myself ready to be there and play with him.”

The 35-year-old said he will support his son in “any possible way” if he wants to pursue professional tennis in the future. However, the top seed said Stefan is too young to think too far ahead about such things.

“It's important for me that we have a relationship as a father and son, first of all, primary, before anything else, and that he's enjoying life, that he's having fun,” Djokovic said. “He's trying different sports. Super important. I was growing up with skiing, football, tennis, martial arts, different things. I feel like it's very important to have, particularly at this young age, a lot of stimulus to the children from different perspectives and different sports and different movement, different activities.

“I don't like children very early just doing only one sport. I feel like it's important to try different things because it will help the development of the brain and also motor skills.”

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Posted: July 4, 2022, 5:41 pm

Taylor Fritz had not reached a Grand Slam quarter-final prior to Monday afternoon, but the American broke that barrier in style at Wimbledon with a classy 6-3, 6-1, 6-4 fourth-round victory against Australian qualifier Jason Kubler.

The 11th seed produced an impressive display of clean hitting off both wings to end the World No. 99 Kubler’s spirited run at the grass-court major. Fritz crushed 40 winners and broke his opponent’s serve five times to complete a two-hour win on No. 1 Court.

“A first Grand Slam quarter-final, it’s a really big deal,” said Fritz in his on-court interview. “To be a part of the final eight, and I’m glad I could get the win on the fourth of July, being an American. It’s great, being in my first quarter-final, it just shows that all the hard work I’m putting in is paying off.”

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His run to the Wimbledon quarter-finals continues a breakthrough year for the 24-year-old Fritz, who lifted his maiden ATP Masters 1000 crown at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells in March. His win against Kubler improved his match record for 2022 to 29-10, and the American admitted it felt good to be rewarded for his efforts behind the scenes.

“There’s not really any secrets, it’s just a lot of time and hard work that I’ve put in,” said Fritz. “I started to kind of find my game at the end of last year, and I’ve been building and working, doing the right things, and it’s good to see that it’s paying off.”

After recovering 0/40 to hold in the opening game of the match, Fritz broke immediately in the next game to take charge early in his first tour-level meeting with Kubler since the 2018 US Open. A dominant display from the American was wrapped up when he overcame late stern resistance from Kubler to clinch a marathon 10th game of the third set by converting his fourth match point.

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“I came out maybe a little bit shaky,” said Fritz. "I went down 0/40 in that first game, was really lucky to hold that game and then just flip it and get the break next game. That was the first set. I felt like I was serving well and it could have gone differently if those first two games were a little different.

“Second set, I played really well, and then third set I feel like he slowed it down a little bit and backed up a bit in the court, maybe made it a little bit tougher for me to put the ball away, so we started having some really long rallies and it got really tight. I’m just really happy to get through in the end.”

Having picked up his third tour-level title at the Rothesay International in Eastbourne nine days ago, Fritz has maintained his red-hot grass-court form at Wimbledon. The 24-year-old dispatched Lorenzo Musetti, Alastair Gray and Alex Molcan in straight sets to book his meeting with Kubler, and his impressive showing against the 29-year-old Australian was another sign that Fritz will take some stopping this fortnight at SW19.

Fritz, who reached the fourth round of a Slam for the first time at January’s Australian Open, next takes on two-time champion Rafael Nadal or World No. 25 Botic van de Zandschulp for a place in the semi-finals at the All England Lawn Tennis Club.

Posted: July 4, 2022, 3:59 pm

After a seven-year wait, Nick Kyrgios is a Grand Slam quarter-finalist again.

In front of a full house on Centre Court, the Australian combined power with guile to edge #NextGenATP American Brandon Nakashima 4-6, 6-4, 7-6(2), 3-6, 6-2 in a hard-fought three-hour and 10-minute thriller.

The 27-year-old, who upset World No. 5 Stefanos Tsitsipas in the third round, recovered from a slow start and a right shoulder problem to strike his groundstrokes more freely as the match went on. The World No. 40 hammered 78 winners and broke the 20-year-old Nakashima's serve three times to improve to 11-2 on grass in 2022.

“First I want to say, a hell of an effort by Brandon. Just 20 years old to do that. It was anywhere near my best performance, but I fought really hard and I am super happy to get through,” Kyrgios said in his on-court interview.

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The last time Kyrgios reached the last eight at a major came at the Australian Open in 2015, while he also advanced to this stage on debut at The Championships in 2014. The six-time tour-level champion, who had regular physio treatments on his shoulder, will next play Chilean Cristian Garin as he looks to break new ground and reach his first Grand Slam singles semi-final.

”I have played a lot of tennis in the past month and a half. I am proud of the way I steadied the ship after he came out firing in the fourth set,” Kyrgios said. “My five-set record is pretty good. That is what I was thinking about. I have played a lot of five-set matches here. That is what I was thinking about. I have been here before and I have done it again.

“Brandon hasn’t played on this court. All those experiences that I have had on this court got me over the line.”

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In their first ATP Head2Head meeting, it was Nakashima who started better. The American looked at home on the Centre Court stage, outmanoeuvring Kyrgios with his aggressive ball striking, while he dictated on serve, winning 93 per cent (14/15) of points behind his first delivery to lead.

However, playing against Kyrgios on a big occasion is never easy, and the Australian showed why in a much-improved second-set display. The 27-year-old started to hit through Nakashima and caused the American problems with his variety, closing the net effectively to level.

In a tight third set that went the distance, Kyrgios pulled off a string of stunning shots in the tie-break, timing his groundstrokes to perfection on return to move ahead, lifting the decibel level inside Centre Court.

Nakashima refused to go away in the fourth set, though. The American played more consistently, while he also showed flashes of magic to fire an array of winners past Kyrgios, levelling the match up to force a decider.

Kyrgios quickly regained his focus in the fifth set, targeting Nakashima's forehand to great effect to gain an early break. From there, the Australian held his nerve on serve, powering to victory against the tiring American.

Kyrgios is making his eighth Wimbledon appearance and he arrived in London in strong form, having reached consecutive grass-court semi-finals in Stuttgart and Halle last month.

#NextGenATP American Nakashima was competing in the fourth round at a major for the first time, having defeated Nicola Kuhn, Denis Shapovalov and Daniel Elahi Galan on the lawns in London. The World No. 56 was one of four Americans to reach the last 16, which was the most at Wimbledon since 1999.

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Kyrgios holds a perfect 6-0 record in five-set matches at Wimbledon. The Australian defeated British wild card Paul Jubb in a deciding set in the first round last week.

Posted: July 4, 2022, 3:48 pm

Cristian Garin broke new ground in the most dramatic way possible on Monday at Wimbledon, where the Chilean engineered a stirring comeback victory against Alex de Minaur to reach his maiden Grand Slam quarter-final.

The World No. 43 raised his level to spectacular effect halfway through the pair’s fourth-round clash, recovering a two-sets-to-love deficit to complete a 2-6, 5-7, 7-6(3), 6-4, 7-6(10-6) win.

After a slow start, the Chilean’s aggressive ballstriking began to penetrate the De Minaur defences from the third set onwards. Yet Garin also had to hold his nerve to save two match points when serving at 4-5, 15/40 in the fifth set. De Minaur even put in a spectacular dive at the net on one of those points to try and clinch the win, but Garin held firm and the Chilean then prevailed in a tense deciding-set tie-break to cap a remarkable four-hour, 34-minute victory.

“Honestly, I don’t have any words right now,” said Garin in his on-court interview. “I just gave everything I have. It was a very tough fight. It was a battle. I think Alex is an incredible player, for me one of the best on grass.

“I am exhausted. I just gave my best, and I think in the fifth set it was for him or for me. We both fought a lot… Nobody knows what [can] happen in the tie-break. I tried to be aggressive, went to the net, and tried to be aggressive with my serve as well. I think that was the key.”

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The win makes Garin just the eighth Chilean male player to reach a Grand Slam quarter-final, and the fourth to do so at Wimbledon after Luis Ayala, Ricardo Acuna and Fernando Gonzalez. The 26-year-old’s next opponent will be another Australian, Nick Kyrgios, after he emerged a 4-6, 6-4, 7-6(2), 3-6, 6-2 winner against #NextGenATP American Brandon Nakashima.

“It’s so special,” added Garin. “I’ve been working hard all my life to be in this position. It is a dream for me, Wimbledon. I always said that it is my favourite tournament, I love to be here in London. It’s amazing. It is a dream for me to be in the quarter-finals. I work hard every day to be in those occasions. I will go for it, try to rest and give my best in the next round.”

De Minaur broke Garin's serve in the opening game of the match, and that set the tone for much of the early stages in the pair’s fourth ATP Head2Head meeting. The Australian was typically resilient, showcasing his trademark lightning-fast movement to frustrate his opponent and sealing the first set with a classy forehand lob.

After De Minaur also claimed a topsy-turvy second set that featured five breaks of serve, the two-set deficit appeared to trigger something in Garin's game. The 26-year-old began to find the lines with his clubbed groundstrokes, and De Minaur’s early energy began to fade as Garin claimed the third and fourth sets to force a decider.

After an early exchange of breaks, a tense fifth set went the way of the Chilean, who had to fend off two De Minaur match points when serving at 4-5. Garin stayed the more consistent in the deciding-set tie-break to complete a memorable victory that improves his record in five-set tour-level matches to 8-3.

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Garin has won all five of his ATP Tour titles on clay. The Chilean admitted that his run to the fourth round at Wimbledon in 2021, when he fell to eventual champion Novak Djokovic, had been crucial in giving him belief when it comes to adapting his game for the grass.

“Now [my favourite surface] is grass!” joked the Chilean. “Our sport is like that. I work hard every day to get better. Last year I [won] four rounds here, and I think that was a big experience for me. Today, I felt a different match to last year. I know how to play on these courts, and it is very important to me to keep learning, keep improving, and that is why I work hard every day.”

Posted: July 4, 2022, 2:48 pm

This week on the ATP Tennis Podcast...

NICK KYRGIOS ON HOW HE VIEWS TENNIS – “Obviously I’m not taking it too seriously and the rest of the Tour, every single day, everything they do is for tennis. For me, I just want to go out there and have fun and entertain. Sometimes it’s not easy for other people to concentrate, but I’ll never change. From 10 years old to now I’ve always been emotional on court and I’ve always wanted to make it theatrical, like a show, so that’s never going to change I think.”

CAMERON NORRIE ON HIS FITNESS – “I’m not a player who’s going to come out and hit you off the court. I have to chip away at you point-by-point, make sure I’m executing and make sure I’m at the top of my level physically to have a chance with these guys. That’s something I try to take care of as much as I can and take care of the diet and the physique as much as I can, because I like playing long rallies.”

GILLES MULLER ON HIS FAMOUS VICTORY AGAINST RAFAEL NADAL AT WIMBLEDON – “In that match I found my happy place, my happy zone. I was sometimes known for losing it on the court and getting upset with myself and losing control a bit, but in that match, I don’t know what happened but it was just the perfect day.”

VICTOR LILOV ON HIS TRANSITION FROM WIMBLEDON JUNIOR FINALIST TO THE MAIN TOUR – “It’s just different paths. Some guys get lazy, some get injured, and some just don’t have the game. Some guys, maybe they are not as good in juniors, but they have the right mindset or maybe when they are 18 or 19 years old, they just start really clicking and become a lot better. So, I think it’s just about the day-in, day-out work and never becoming complacent."

PLUS DENIS SHAPOVALOV, FELIX AUGER-ALIASSIME, ALEX DE MINAUR, JOHN MILLMAN, HUBERT HURKACZ AND DUSTIN BROWN TAKE OUR WIMBLEDON QUIZ

- Podcast presented by Chris Bowers, Peter Marcato and Jill Craybas
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Posted: July 4, 2022, 10:36 am

For the first time in his career, Alex de Minaur has earned himself a place in the fourth round at Wimbledon. On Monday, the Australian will face Cristian Garin in a bid to reach the quarter-finals of a Grand Slam for the second time in his career, having also reached that stage at the 2020 US Open. Before the match, Adolfo Gutierrez, De Minaur’s lifelong coach, spoke to ATPTour.com about his student’s current form, his year so far, and the secret to their long, successful relationship.

“Being in the last 16 at a Grand Slam is always significant for a player’s confidence, seeing that the hard work and dedication brings rewards,” explained Gutierrez in London. “Ultimately, all tournaments are important, but the majors are special, and we always want to do as well as possible in these weeks because of what it means to the players.

“This year we started very well, and we’ve had some continuity with good results that we hope to continue having during the second half of the season. We have a good chance to pick up points, as we didn’t have a good second half of the year in 2021.”

After a lifetime together, the player and coach maintain a healthy and successful relationship that continues to bear fruit, as they have demonstrated this week at Wimbledon. The key is very simple.

“A lot of people ask us that, but ultimately, any relationship is simple if you maintain respect, good communication and honesty,” said Gutierrez. “I have no secrets of any kind with Alex and that helps maintain peace of mind within the team. It’s the same with Emilio, our trusted physio and fitness coach, as well as with Jose Antonio, the psychologist. We’re all kind of from the same mould and they have always respected the way I work with Alex, and they fit in well. That helps keep us united and working in the best conditions possible.”

However, after so much time together, Gutierrez continues to discover things about De Minaur that surprise him, despite sharing so many hours of the day together.

“I always thought that he couldn’t surprise me much after so much time, knowing him so well, but above all he continues to surprise me with his ability to turn a match around when it suddenly gets tough,” he said. “It’s as if he were a different player and he changes everything as if it were no big deal, as if it were normal, which I think is very difficult.”

“From my point of view, consistency and mentality are where he has improved the most,” said Gutierrez. “We’re still working to improve everything; technique, fitness and mentality, to make Alex an increasingly complete player.”

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De Minaur does not appear to have reached his peak on the ATP Tour yet, despite having a career-high ranking of No. 15 in the Pepperstone ATP Rankings.

“I honestly don’t think so”, said Gutierrez. “I am confident, and I think that we’re growing at our own pace. I don’t think there are limits. With the work rate and the progress he’s showing, both physically and mentally, we’re en route to continue climbing and being more competitive every day.

“From my humble point of view, and I think I still have a lot to learn in this world, I continue to think he can improve everything; shots, tactics, fitness... but the big change I see is in his mentality. How to cope with the big moments and be prepared when you have to dig the deepest.”

- This story was translated from ATPTour.com/es

Posted: July 4, 2022, 10:09 am

Wimbledon debutant Tim van Rijthoven has been the breakout star of the ATP Tour's grass-court season behind victories in his first eight tour-level matches on the surface. While his Cinderella run ended in the fourth round at The Championships courtesy of Novak Djokovic, the Dutchman leaves SW19 grateful for the experience.

"Obviously a very big match for me, playing for the first time on Centre Court against one of the greatest players of all time," he said in his post-match press conference following a 6-1, 4-6, 6-1, 6-2 defeat. "[It] was for me already a big win, the fact that I was on Centre Court. Really the first couple games I felt that, was a little nervous."

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The 25-year-old put a scare into the three-time defending champion, taking a hard-fought second set by saving four break points to serve it out after six deuces. But Djokovic snapped back with an immediate response, locking down from the baseline to recover.

"I grew in the match, started to play better," van Rijthoven continued. "Actually got the second set. Then Novak did his Novak thing and played very, very well. He had all the answers. I tried to make it more of a fight, but just wasn't possible today."

Van Rijthoven was just 1-2 at tour-level entering June, when he shocked Daniil Medvedev, Felix Auger-Aliassime and Taylor Fritz to win the 's-Hertogenbosch title in his second ATP Tour main-draw appearance. After notching five wins to lift his maiden tour-level title in his home nation, the Dutchman scored three more wins at Wimbledon, including upsets of 15th seed Reilly Opelka and 22nd seed Nikoloz Basilashvili.

While he could not get past Djokovic, he left the top seed impressed with his game.

"I knew coming into the match that it was always going to be a tough, challenging matchup against Tim, who I've never faced before," the Serbian said. "I watched him play. He's got a really good game for grass, which he proved today. [It] was a very good fight, especially in the first two sets."

Van Rijthoven entered SW19 at a career-high of No.104 in the Pepperstone ATP Rankings. Without the benefit of Grand Slam fourth-round points for his run on the London lawns, he will remain near that position as he looks to establish himself on the ATP Tour in the coming months. 

Instead, he will hope to use his experience on the grass-court swing to propel him to future success.

Posted: July 3, 2022, 10:35 pm

Despite losing to Jannik Sinner in the fourth round on Sunday, Carlos Alcaraz believes that the grass-court experience he has gained at Wimbledon will greatly benefit him in the future.

The 19-year-old Spaniard, who was making just his second appearance at The Championships, downed Jan-Lennard Struff, Tallon Griekspoor and Oscar Otte as he brought his all-court game to the lawns in London.

“I felt really good here at Wimbledon playing on grass,” Alcaraz said in his post-match press conference. “I got a lot of experience playing on grass. Now I'm thinking that I could be a great player on grass. Next year I hope to play some tournaments before Wimbledon to adapt my game to get more used to playing here. But I would say I'm going to be a great player here on grass.”

Alcaraz’s clash against Sinner on Centre Court pitted two of the brightest talents on the ATP Tour against each other. In a heavy-hitting clash, it was the 19-year-old Italian who advanced in the youngest match (in terms of combined age) at Wimbledon in the fourth round or later since 17-year-old Boris Becker defeated 21-year-old Henri Leconte in the quarter-finals in 1985.

Alcaraz is excited by the prospect of a long-running rivalry with Sinner, with the former Intesa Sanpaolo Next Gen ATP Finals champions now locked at 1-1 in their ATP Head2Head series.

“I hope so,” Alcaraz said when asked about a rivalry with Sinner. “I'm going to try to be one of the best tennis players in the world for many years. Obviously Jannik is one of the best tennis players in the world as well. For sure he's going to be in the top for many years.

“I hope to have a good rivalry with him. We hope to fight for the best tournaments in the world and the best moments in the world together.”

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Alcaraz has enjoyed a standout 2022. The 19-year-old has captured a joint Tour-leading four titles, including two ATP Masters 1000 crowns, while in April he became the youngest player to crack the Top 10 of the Pepperstone ATP Rankings since Rafael Nadal in 2005.

However, the Spaniard admitted he struggled to find his best level when needed against Sinner, with his nerves playing a part in a disappointing afternoon.

“[At the] start [I] was really nervous. Playing on Centre Court is not easy for me,” said Alcaraz, who is 35-5 on the season. “Jannik handled it better than me, the nerves and the pressure. I was trying to get better, trying to think [about] what was happening… I was struggling a lot with my serve and couldn't return well.

“After the third set I had chances to break to be up in the fourth, but I couldn't take the chances. I think the second break point he had, he broke me. It was tough to come back in the fourth being a break down. I couldn't take the chances. That's tough.”

Posted: July 3, 2022, 9:35 pm

With a pair of impressive grass-court win streaks on the line Sunday in the Wimbledon fourth round, Novak Djokovic extended his run to 25 consecutive victories on the surface. He ended the perfect 8-0 grass season of Dutch wild card Tim van Rijthoven with a 6-2, 4-6, 6-1, 6-2 victory on Centre Court to bring the Dutchman's dream Grand Slam debut to a close.

The top-seeded Djokovic was challenged by his opponent's powerful serve and multi-faceted forehand, but showed his championship pedigree by locking down with his baseline game to produce a brilliant response to his second dropped set of the tournament.

"I knew coming into the match that it was always going to be a tough, challenging matchup against Tim, who I've never faced before," Djokovic said in his post-match presser. "I watched him play. He's got a really good game for grass, which he proved today. [It] was a very good fight, especially in the first two sets.

"But overall I think I've played very well, very solid from back of the court. I got into his service rhythm, started reading his serve better in the third and fourth sets."

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After van Rijthoven fought off four break points to serve out the second set, sending Djokovic slipping to the turf with well-disguised hitting, the Serbian raced to a 5-0 lead in the third to re-estabish himself as the dominant force in the contest. He made just two unforced errors in the third set as he found his groove on return, eliminating the free points that served to boost van Rijthoven's confidence in the early stages.

Attacking the Dutchman's backhand corner, Djokovic secured an instant break in the fourth set to quell any thoughts of a turnaround. Ever the perfectionist, he let out a roar of frustration after a rare miss later in the set before he finished the match with ease after two hours, 37 minutes.

"I just really am pleased with the way I closed out the match," Djokovic added. "I lost the rhythm on my serve a little bit towards the end of the match, but overall just a good fight and really challenging match for me on grass."

Djokovic's 25 straight grass wins — all of which have come at Wimbledon, where he is a three-time defending champion — are second all-time. He broke a tie with Rod Laver with Sunday's result, but still trails Roger Federer's 65 consecutive grass victories, achieved from 2003-08.

The Serbian will seek to extend that win streak on Tuesday against 10th seed Jannik Sinner. After scoring his first career grass-court win in the opening round, the Italian has started to look at home on the London lawns. He did not drop serve in a 6-1, 6-4, 6-7(8), 6-3 win over Carlos Alcaraz earlier on Sunday.

Djokovic won the lone previous ATP Head2Head match between the pair 6-4, 6-2 last year at the Rolex Monte-Carlo Masters. Looking ahead to their quarter-final meeting, Djokovic was full of praise for his next opponent.

"He's maturing a lot on the big stage. I think he doesn't feel too much pressure on the big stage," Djokovic said of Sinner. "He's very solid. He has every shot in his game: serve, return, forehand, backhand. He's constantly putting pressure on opponents.

"I kind of see a little bit of myself in his game, as well, from back of the court, playing flat backhands, constantly staying on the back of the line, trying to put pressure on opponents."

As Djokovic bids for his seventh Wimbledon crown and 21st Grand Slam title, he is bracing for his toughest challenge of the fortnight.

Posted: July 3, 2022, 8:59 pm

Juan Sebastian Cabal and Robert Farah enjoyed a comprehensive triumph on Sunday at Wimbledon to reach the quarter-finals at the grass-court major for the third consecutive time.

The Colombian sixth seeds, who lifted the trophy at SW19 in 2019, broke Radu Albot and Nikoloz Basilashvili four times to seal a 6-1, 6-4, 6-4 third-round victory. Cabal and Farah’s opponents in the London quarter-finals will be 13th seeds Santiago Gonzalez and Andres Molteni or all-American duo Denis Kudla and Jack Sock.

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Things weren’t so straightforward for Nikola Mektic and Mate Pavic. The second seeds did manage to keep their defence of their 2021 title alive, but not without a scare along the way.

The all-Croatian team regained its composure in a decisive fifth set to edge Lloyd Glasspool and Harri Heliovaara with a 6-4, 7-6(6), 4-6, 2-6, 6-3 third-round victory. Mektic and Pavic appeared to be cantering to the quarter-finals when they led Glasspool and Heliovaara by two-sets-to-love on Court 12, but an inspired comeback from the British-Finnish pairing turned a comfortable afternoon for the second seeds into a three-hour, 14-minute epic.

The 13-time tour-level titlists Mektic and Pavic, who are chasing their third consecutive crown on grass after triumphs at The Queen’s Club and Eastbourne, carved out 15 break point opportunities in the match but converted just three. Crucially, however, two of those came in the fifth set, when they broke their opponents’ serve in the fourth and eighth games to secure a spot in the quarter-finals.

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Top seeds Rajeev Ram and Joe Salisbury also had to dig deep after dropping the opening set to Mallorca Championships winners Rafael Matos and David Vega Hernandez.

Ram and Salisbury sit at No. 2 and No. 1 in the Pepperstone ATP Doubles Rankings, respectively, but the pair is yet to win a tour-level grass-court title. They moved one step closer to doing that at SW19 by rallying to a 4-6, 6-4, 6-3, 6-4 win against the 16th-seeded Matos and Vega Hernandez

Awaiting Ram and Salisbury in the quarter-finals will be Nicolas Mahut and Edouard Roger-Vasselin.

Posted: July 3, 2022, 8:35 pm

Monday's play at Wimbledon will complete the fourth round, setting the quarter-final stage at The Championships. Only four seeded players remain in a wide-open bottom half of the men's singles draw, led by second seed Rafael Nadal, with Nick Kyrgios among the unseeded contenders.

Both men will compete on Centre Court on Day 8, when Nadal faces Botic van de Zandschulp and Kyrgios takes on Brandon Nakashima. Eleventh seed Taylor Fritz will meet Australia's Jason Kubler on No. 1 Court, while 19th seed Alex de Minaur battles Chile's Cristian Garin on No. 2 Court.

In doubles action, third seeds Wesley Koolhof and Neal Skupski seek a quarter-final place as they take on Australian Open finalists Matthew Ebden and Max Purcell, while seventh seeds John Peers and Filip Polasek meet ninth seeds Jamie Murray and Bruno Soares.

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[2] Rafael Nadal (ESP) vs. [21] Botic van de Zandschulp (NED)

As the lone Top-10 seed remaining in the bottom half of the draw, Nadal will be quietly confident of his chances to reach his sixth Wimbledon final (and first since 2011). His performance in a straight-sets third-round victory against Italian Lorenzo Sonego only added to that belief.

"[It was] my best match, without a doubt, since the tournament started," he said at his post-match press conference. "[I made] an improvement today. I made a lot of things much better than previous days: the determination, the way that I managed to play more aggressive, going to the net plenty of times."

He will need a similar performance to see off van de Zandschulp. The 26-year-old Dutchman has backed up his breakout run to the 2021 US Open quarter-finals with consistent performances this year at the Grand Slams, reaching the third round at the Australian Open and Roland Garros before going one better this fortnight. Nadal dismissed him at the French with a 6-3, 6-2, 6-4 victory.

"He's a player that has been improving unbelievably [in] the last year," the Spaniard said of his opponent. "It was a good challenge at the French... He's a complete player with a lot of great things, and I need to keep going the way that I played today. Playing aggressive and playing with the right energy.

"He's a tough opponent, but we are in fourth round. That's the way that it should be."

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Van de Zandschulp flashed his grass-court credentials in June by reaching the semi-finals at The Queen's Club, his best result among three events on the surface ahead of Wimbledon. He entered The Championships with a career-high Pepperstone ATP Ranking of No. 25.

Tasked with stopping Nadal from completing the third leg of the Grand Slam after the Spaniard's triumphs at the year's first two majors, van de Zandschulp hopes those grass-court reps provide an advantage.

"He didn't play so many matches on grass the last couple of years," the Dutchman said following his four-set win against Richard Gasquet. "You see him struggle a little bit. Of course he's winning the first few rounds.

"But I think maybe I can hurt him on the grass courts here."

Nick Kyrgios (AUS) vs. Brandon Nakashima (USA)

After getting past fourth seed Stefanos Tsitsipas in a spicy third-round showdown, Kyrgios will enjoy his first taste of Centre Court this fortnight against #NextGenATP American Nakashima. One of three Aussies still standing in the bottom half (De Minaur, Kubler), Kyrgios is bidding for his third Grand Slam quarter-final and his second at Wimbledon after reaching that stage in his 2014 debut.

While he could meet his countryman De Minaur in the quarter-finals, the 27-year-old is not looking beyond his next assignment.

"Nakashima won easily today in straight sets," Kyrgios said of the American's dominant third-round win against Daniel Elahi Galan. "To do that at Wimbledon on grass is not easy. He's obviously playing well. I'm not looking past that."

But the Aussie is playing some of the best and most consistent tennis of his own career this season, including consecutive grass-court semi-finals in Stuttgart and Halle last month. Asked if he felt he could win his first Grand Slam singles title this week, he answered in the affirmative.

"I feel great," he said after downing Tsitsipas on Saturday. "I'm ready to go again if I [needed] to play tomorrow... Round by round, if I keep doing my things, I feel good."

Kyrgios At The Majors Best Result
Australian Open QF (2015)
Roland Garros R3 (2015-16)
Wimbledon QF (2014)
US Open R3 (2014, 2016, 2018-19)

Nakashima, playing in his second Wimbledon, is through to the fourth round for the first time in his sixth main-draw major appearance. The World No. 56 sits in eighth place in the Pepperstone ATP Race To Milan and earned his joint-best result of the 2022 ATP Tour season by reaching the 's-Hertogenbosch quarter-finals last month. He also reached the Roland Garros third round this year before falling to eventual semi-finalist Alexander Zverev in his best previous major showing.

[11] Taylor Fritz (USA) vs. Jason Kubler (AUS)

Fritz has quietly cruised into the fourth round to match his best major result. It was a momentous occasion when he reached that stage at this year's Australian Open; he was brought to tears as he advanced to the last 16 at a Slam for the first time in his 22nd main-draw attempt.

After reaching a career-high of No. 13 in the Pepperstone ATP Rankings following his Indian Wells triumph in March — his first ATP Masters 1000 crown — the Southern California native now expects to be a regular in the second week at the Slams.

The American hit 20 aces in a third-round win over Alex Molcan, calling it "one of the best serving matches I ever had" after earning an opportunity to take the court on his home nation's Independence Day.

Australia's Kubler returned to the Top 100 last month after a pair of strong ATP Challenger Tour performances in the United States. He won the title in Little Rock in May before reaching the final in Orlando in his last competitive outing before Wimbledon. The 29-year-old retired in the third set of that Orlando final, just as he did against Fritz after three sets at the 2018 US Open in their only previous ATP Head2Head meeting.

Kubler had never been beyond the second round at a Grand Slam in seven previous appearances and earned his first tour-level win on grass this fortnight.

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[19] Alex de Minaur (AUS) vs. Cristian Garin (CHI)

De Minaur will be relieved to face a man who does not hail from Great Britain after battling past home favourites Jack Draper and Liam Broady in his past two matches. The popular Aussie might even be able to count on the No. 2 Court crowd's support thanks in part to his relationship with Briton Katie Boulter, who reached the third round in the women's singles draw.

Playing in the Wimbledon fourth round for the first time, De Minaur is seeking to equal his quarter-final run at the 2020 US Open.

Most of Garin's best results have come on clay, but he is through to the Wimbledon fourth round for the second straight year. The World No. 54 owns an 8-8 career record on grass, including a 3-2 mark this season. One of those recent defeats came opposite De Minaur, who claimed a 6-3, 6-3 decision on his way to the Eastbourne semi-finals two weeks ago. 

The Aussie has yet to drop a set in compiling a 3-0 record against Garin in the pair's ATP Head2Head series, with the other wins coming at the 2019 US Open and the 2021 BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells.

Posted: July 3, 2022, 8:15 pm

In a battle between two #NextGenATP prodigies, it was Jannik Sinner who found his groove on the grass on Sunday afternoon at Wimbledon.

The Italian produced a high-quality all-around performance to secure a 6-1, 6-4, 6-7(8), 6-3 fourth-round win against Carlos Alcaraz at the grass-court major. Despite Alcaraz finding some rhythm to save two match points and clinch the third-set tie-break, it was not enough to hold off an accomplished display from Sinner, who had not won a tour-level match on grass prior to his first-round win over Stan Wawrinka.

“Carlos is a very tough opponent and a very nice person, so it is always a huge pleasure for me to play against him," said Sinner in his on-court interview. "Today with such a great crowd and a special day today, 100 years [of Centre Court]. It’s just amazing.”

The match took place just hours after a celebration of 100 years of Centre Court that featured past champions including Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer, Bjorn Borg, Billie Jean King and Rod Laver. The 19-year-old Alcaraz and 20-year-old Sinner, both five-time ATP Tour titlists at a tender age, wasted no time demonstrating that the future of the sport is also bright with a high-octane clash at SW19.

The 10th-seeded Sinner showcased some relentless ballstriking in his three-hour, 35-minute victory. He read the Alcaraz serve to great effect, frequently finding blistering returns to heap pressure on the Spaniard’s delivery. Four breaks of the Alcaraz serve combined with a solid serving display proved enough for Sinner to level his ATP Head2Head series with the 19-year-old at 1-1.

”It’s tough when you have match point, and you still have to play [on]," said Sinner when asked about his fourth-set showing. "I tried my best, it is just part of the game, part of tennis, and obviously I am very happy how I reacted, because in the first [game] I was struggling. I am very happy to be in the next round and hopefully I can play some good tennis [then too].”

The fourth-round matchup between two of the brightest talents on the ATP Tour was the youngest match (in terms of combined age) at Wimbledon in the Round of 16 or later since 17-year-old Boris Becker defeated 21-year-old Henri Leconte in the quarter-finals in 1985.

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Sinner fell to Alcaraz in straight sets in the pair’s previous tour-level meeting at the Rolex Paris Masters last November. The Italian appeared determined to dictate play from the start this time around, leaning into his returns whenever possible from the first Alcaraz service game. The tactic paid off, as Sinner reeled off five games in a row to breeze to the opening set.

Another break of the Alcaraz serve followed in the first game of the second set and, although the Spaniard began to settle into the match, that early setback proved decisive for Sinner to open up a two-sets-to-love lead. Everything the Italian tried seemed to work, most notably when he had the Centre Court crowd on their feet after he reacted quickly to a trademark Alcaraz drop shot with a deft winner of his own.

Alcaraz battled hard to find a response to the wave of Sinner aggression and the 19-year-old recovered 0/40 to hold his serve in the opening game of the third set. The Spaniard showed resilience again in the tie-break, fending off two match points before converting his fourth set point to stay alive in the match.

That ultimately proved futile as Sinner maintained his composure in the fourth set to secure victory, as his return game continued to wreak havoc. A solitary break in the fourth game proved decisive, and the Italian converted his sixth match point having struck 35 winners.

Sinner will face top seed Novak Djokovic in his maiden quarter-final at the All England Lawn Tennis Club after the Serbian ended Dutch wild card Tim van Rijthoven's dream run with a 6-2, 4-6, 6-1, 6-2 fourth-round victory.

Posted: July 3, 2022, 6:40 pm

David Goffin dashed Frances Tiafoe’s Grand Slam hopes for the second consecutive major on Sunday at Wimbledon, where the Belgian held his nerve to clinch a thrilling five-set fourth-round victory on the London grass.

The former World No. 7 rallied in the final two sets to seal a 7-6(3), 5-7, 5-7, 6-4, 7-5 win against the 23rd-seeded American on No. 2 Court. Goffin also prevailed in the pair’s second-round meeting on the clay at Roland Garros just five-and-a-half weeks ago.

“It was an amazing battle, I had to stay mentally in the match the whole time,” said Goffin in his on-court interview after his four-hour, 36-minute triumph. “Just after the match point, I was mentally dead, because I had to stay fresh all the time to keep my serve, to fight to come back after losing the third set. It was a tough one.

“It was an amazing atmosphere on this court, another epic match against Frances, so I’m very happy to be in the quarter-finals again.”

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A topsy-turvy encounter saw both players break their opponent’s serve six times. It was Goffin who found one at the crucial time, however, sealing a decisive break in the 12th game of the fifth set to complete a memorable victory.

The Belgian also reached the quarter-finals on his last appearance at SW19 in 2019, when he fell to eventual champion Novak Djokovic. He admitted that matching that run this year was a particularly emotional moment after an injury-plagued 2021 during which he missed the grass-court major with an ankle problem. Goffin was then out of action from August 2021 to January 2022 with a knee injury.

“It means so much,” said Goffin. “For me, last year was a very tough year with some injuries. Some tough moments on the court, but this year I came back stronger. I fought a lot to come back at my best level.

“I didn’t play a match since 2019 here at The Championships, so to come back this year to compete again well on that surface that I love, [at] this tournament that I love, and win four matches again, it is just incredible.”

The 31-year-old’s opponent in the last eight this time around will be home hope Cameron Norrie, after the British No. 1 downed Tommy Paul 6-4, 7-5, 6-4.

Posted: July 3, 2022, 4:56 pm

Cameron Norrie broke new ground Sunday at Wimbledon, where he overcame American Tommy Paul 6-4, 7-5, 6-4 to reach the quarter-finals at a Grand Slam for the first time.

In an accomplished display on Court No. 1, the Briton outlasted Paul as he demonstrated great energy to cover the court, while he flattened out his backhand to turn the table in points and advance after two hours and 21 minutes.

“To make the quarters for the first time, in front of my family and friends here from college is so special,” Norrie said in his on-court interview. “In a huge match, to play the way I did, was really good. To execute everything. I really enjoyed it. It is pretty crazy, I have a lot of feelings.

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Norrie, who had never been beyond the third round at a major before this week, now leads the 25-year-old Paul 3-1 in their ATP Head2Head series. The 26-year-old is first British man to reach the last eight at The Championships since two-time titlist Andy Murray in 2017, while he is just the fifth British man overall to achieve the feat.

”I think from the first round everyone has been behind me and supported me and I definitely think it has helped in some of the tougher situations in matches,” Norrie added. “When I was serving for the match there, I was going through a lot of different scenarios in my head. I was able to stay calm enough to close it out. It was great and you guys helped me through it.”

Earlier this week, the ninth seed rallied past Spaniard Jaume Munar in five sets, while he brushed aside Pablo Andujar and Steve Johnson in straight sets. Norrie, who is making his fifth Wimbledon appearance, will look to continue his run when he plays David Goffin next. The Belgian edged American Frances Tiafoe 7-6(3), 5-7, 5-7, 6-4, 7-5 to equal his best run in London.

Norrie flew out of the blocks against Paul in front of a lively home crowd, breaking in the first game to quickly gain control. The World No. 12 hit his watertight groundstrokes with great precision and he raised his level when it mattered most, saving all four break points he faced in the first set to lead.

An entertaining second set saw Norrie race ahead again as he looked to control the tempo from the baseline. After failing to serve out the set at 5-4, the Briton quickly regained his composure to break again. With the wind in his sails and the crowd behind him, the ninth seed then held firm in the third set as he showed the mentality that saw him capture the Indian Wells title last year to advance.

Paul was also competing in the fourth round at a Slam for the first time, having not dropped a set en route. The World No. 32, who was making his Wimbledon debut, was one of four Americans to reach the last 16, the most at Wimbledon since 1999.

Posted: July 3, 2022, 4:37 pm

Five weeks ago, Botic van de Zandschulp lost to childhood idol Rafael Nadal in the third round at Roland Garros.

On Monday, the Dutchman will get another crack at the 22-time Grand Slam champion when the pair face off in the fourth round at Wimbledon

“I played him at Roland Garros and I think at the moment, [that is] the biggest challenge in tennis," van de Zandschulp said. "I think it's going to be [a] tough one here [at Wimbledon], but, [I have] more confidence here to really make a shot… Maybe I can hurt him on grass.”

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Van de Zandschulp has enjoyed a strong run in London, dispatching Feliciano Lopez, Emil Ruusuvuori and Richard Gasquet to reach the last 16 at The Championships for the first time.

Ahead of his match against Nadal, the 26-year-old recalled his favourite memories of watching the World No. 4 play, while also discussing the Spaniard’s legacy.

“I think what he has done, winning 22 Grand Slams, is something nobody is ever going to do [again]. Maybe Djokovic is the only one [who] is going to do it,” van de Zandschulp said.

“[I remember the] match he played against Federer, the final here [in 2008]. I think it went pretty late, in five sets. That one was quite insane. I think he had match points in the fourth [set] and Federer hit a backhand down the line on match point,” he added. “I think that match stands out for me.”

Many fans will be watching van de Zandschulp for the first time when he takes to Centre Court on Monday evening. Over the past year, the Dutchman has enjoyed a stunning rise, climbing from No. 139 in the Pepperstone ATP Rankings to a current career-high No. 25.

In that time, he earned his first Top 10 win against Andrey Rublev, before he advanced to his maiden tour-level final in Munich in April.

“I think all the parts are falling together, fitting together,” van de Zandschulp said when analysing his season. “I have the feeling during the match my game starts to come together and I'm striking the ball well. I think I can keep up the level for the duration of the match, because I feel physically good. That is why I have confidence in the long matches. Maybe that's a reason why I play more consistently at the Slams.”

With confidence levels high and his game in good shape, the 21st seed will look to learn the lessons from Paris and make his biggest mark yet by capturing a dream win over Nadal.

Posted: July 3, 2022, 3:59 pm