August 3, 2021

Wimbledon: Djokovic confidently into the quarter-finals

Manic Monday is on the program at Wimbledon! Means: all round of 16 matches. Alexander Zverev and Angelique Kerber have to solve difficult tasks if they want to advance to the quarter-finals. Also in focus: Roger Federer and the new British prodigy, Emma Raducanu. Novak Djokovic has already made it to the quarter-finals in a hurry.

Top favorite Novak Djokovic reached the quarter-finals without major problems in his attack on the third Wimbledon victory in a row. The world number one from Serbia, who has already won the Grand Slam tournaments in Melbourne and Paris this year, defeated the Chilean clay court specialist Cristian Garin 6: 2, 6: 4, 6: 2 on Monday. In his 50th quarter-finals at major level, Djokovic surprisingly meets Marton Fucsovics from Hungary, who prevailed against Andrey Rublev (Russia).

The Tour Dominator is aiming for his sixth title at Wimbledon. It would be his 20th at a Grand Slam tournament, so he would draw level with the joint leaders Roger Federer (Switzerland) and Rafael Nadal (Spain). Nadal is not in Wimbledon, record winner Federer (eight titles) meets the Italian Lorenzo Sonego in the round of 16.

Crazy match: 13 breaks in the fifth set!

Sebastian Korda, son of the former Australian Open winner Petr Korda, missed the first Grand Slam quarter-finals of his career on his 21st birthday when he made his Wimbledon debut. The US-American had to become world number 29 on Monday. Karen Khachanov was beaten 6: 3, 4: 6, 3: 6, 7: 5, 8:10 in a real nervous battle. There were a total of 13 breaks in the decision set.

In the era of professional tennis (since 1968) only eleven players have made their Wimbledon debut in the quarter-finals. The fifth set against Khachanov turned into a tremendous game with dwindling strength. The Russian has already served three times to win the match, each time Korda (ATP-50th) broke back. On the fourth attempt, Khachanov managed to serve after 3:49 hours.

Sebastian Korda is not the only family member who is causing a sensation in terms of sport. His two sisters are world class golfers. Nelly Korda (22) has even been number one in the world rankings since her victory at the PGA Championship at the end of June.