Djokovic, Federer Storm Into Wimbledon QFs While Zverev, Rublev Fall
by Staff | July 5th, 2021, 5:16 pm
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Favorites Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer both rolled into yet another Wimbledon quarterfinal. On a busy final “Manic Monday”, Djokovic won his 18th straight match at Wimbledon crushing an overmatched Cristian Garin 6-2, 6-4, 6-2.

Djokovic, who is 18-0 in Slams this year, reached his 50th career Slam quarterfinal.

“I am happy, particularly with the match today. After the third round, it was kind of up and down for me,” Djokovic said. “Today was a very solid performance from the first to last point. I was mentally present. I was serving much better, using the court well.

“Cristian played for his first time on Centre Court. You could see he was nervous, making a lot of unforced errors at the beginning of the match, which gave me an opportunity to win first set comfortably.”

The Serb will take a 2-0 record against Marton Fucsovics Wednesday in the quarterfinals. The robotic Hungarian ended the run of Andrey Rublev 6-3, 4-6, 4-6, 6-0, 6-3 to reach his first Slam quarterfinal and snap a 3-match losing streak to the Russian.

“I was not thinking about the previous matches. This one was a different match,” said Fucsovics who won the Wimbledon juniors in 2010. “We played on grass. I really like the surface. I think my game fits the surface very well. I think Andrey’s game is not the best on grass, so I just was focusing on the next points. I took my chances. I didn’t give up. Then that was the key.”

In a crazy finish, Karen Khachanov withstood six breaks of serve in the fifth set to put away the last American man, Sebastian Korda, 3-6, 6-4, 6-3, 5-7, 10-8.

In the fifth, the two combined for a Wimbledon men’s record 13 breaks of serve in a single set with the Russian failing three times to serve it out.

For Korda, the loss came on the day he was celebrating his 21st birthday.

Khachanov will have a day of rest before coming back to take on an in-form Denis Shapovalov who advanced to his first Wimbledon quarterfinal blowing out 2019 semifinalist Roberto Bautista Agut 6-1, 6-3, 7-5.

Shapovalov’s countryman Felix Auger-Aliassime joined him posting his best career win. The 20-year-old came back from a break down in the first four sets, the held off Alexander Zverev in the decider to win it 6-4, 7-6(6), 3-6, 3-6, 6-4.

“It’s a dream come true, I’m just a normal guy from Canada,” said Auger-Aliassime. “It’s the biggest victory of my life, under a closed roof the atmosphere was amazing and I’m living this win with you.

The victory was Auger-Aliassime’s first over Zverev, first in five sets and earned him a spot in his first Slam quarterfinal.

“It was super difficult, knowing I have never beaten him, let alone won a set against Alex,” he added. “When he started to come back I really needed to dig deep and without the fans it would have been a lot tougher.”

The youngster will have to take on the hot-handed Matteo Berrettini who cruised past Ilya Ivashka 6-4, 6-3, 6-1.

Eight-time champion Federer shook off a scratchy opening set before easing past Lorenzo Sonego 7-5, 6-4, 6-2. Federer failed to serve out the first at 5-4, but once the roof closed with the Italian serving 5-all, Ad-out, Federer got a double fault to give him the break and then took it from there to reach his 58th Slam quarterfinal.

“I’m extremely happy. Tricky conditions inside and outside against Lorenzo, always dangerous,” said Federer. “But I felt like after that first set, I was able to control things. It was a great match. I couldn’t be more excited to be in the quarters. It’s a big moment and I’m very, very happy.”

He await the winner Wednesday between Daniil Medvedev and Hubert Hurkacz. Medvedev was serving 6-2, 6-7, 6-3, 3-4 when the rains came.

“You’re not happy about it. It’s not fair, but that’s how it goes. I’ve been in those situations many times before,” said Federer of their suspension. “These guys are young, they can recover. It’s not a problem for them. Unfortunately they’re very, very good, too, so hopefully it rains again tomorrow. I’m kidding. I’m kidding.”


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8 Comments for Djokovic, Federer Storm Into Wimbledon QFs While Zverev, Rublev Fall

J-Kath Says:

What? No Comments?

I thought there would be a few ecstatic fans around!
For me, it was a messy presentation by the BBC (and I live in the UK)- they jumped around and I never saw a whole match….not the players fault.


Tennis Vagabond Says:

From what I’ve seen, Shapovalov is playing in the highest form. Couple sizzling matches in a row– flat cross court backhands, pinning the corner lines. Very exciting tennis. His freind Auger-Alliasime looked great against Zverev too. It was kind of an up and down match for both of them, but FAA had some amazing moments, and amazing composure.
Fed and Novak both looking very strong. Gonna be a few great matches.


jatin Says:

As I said before the start of the tournament. If Fed can somehow reach the quater finals without dropping too much energy, then watch out. And that is exactly what have happened here.
Compared to his mannarino match where he looked worse than he ever looked in the 1st round of wimbledon, Somehow got out of it and then slowly and steadily he played himself into form.

He is still not firing with all cylinders like we are used to see but he didn’t need to do that. At his age, the priority is to preserve as much energy as he could and that is why he is still prone to mishits sometimes because he is not taking that extra step in every point and rather trying to take that huge swing to end the point then and there.

He is stepping up the game only when he needs to. For example in the 3rd set against Sonego, his footwork suddenly got so much better and then he demonstrated his all mighty forehand in full flow.

If you look back his Wimbledon since his resurgence in 2017. He won the 2017 without dropping a set, played 2018 without a forehand due to hand ailment and it still took anderson 10-8 in the 5th to beat him in the semis and in 2019 we all know about incredible mental effort Djokovic demonstrated to got past him even though he won like 15-20 points less than Fed overall in the match.

What I mean is in the later stages of Wimbledon beating Fed becomes extremely hard for even Djokovic, So I would put Fed as an absolute favorite to reach the Finals against the players he can face.

The player who can trouble him the most is Medvedev because of his incredible baseline consistency and serve. But he still has the job to complete today against Hurkacz who can still turn the match around.

The matches I am most looking forward to is
Fed vs Medvedev
Djokovic vs Shapavalov

Shapavalov has all the tools to hurt Novak here and he is playing the tennis of his life.

Its going to be super fun from here on.


Giles Says:

Looks like it’s gonna be a walk in the park for faker now! Lucky SOB! 👹😱😱


skeezer Says:

Giles,
When wasn’t it this tourney with this draw? This year?
#weakera
Jatin,
Your wish is granted, Fed will play Hurkacz, not Medvedev. But be careful what ya wish for, Hurkacz will be no walk in the park, he can play.


lylenubbins Says:

Good win for Denis, RBA not an easy opponent on any surface. Now time for the biggest match of his life! Let it rip against Nole!


jatin Says:

Skeezer
Absolutely.

Hope Fed comes out firing this time from the start.
Fingers crossed.


jatin Says:

Hurkacz super solid in the 1st set.
He is a type of player who not only makes you hit extra shot but also very very hard to break.

Fed has to really up his game if he wants to stay with him.
Wind is not making things easy for him.


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