Wimbledon: Novak Djokovic advances to face Jannik Sinner in the quarterfinals.
To meet Italian teenager Jannik Sinner, defending champion Novak Djokovic defeated Dutchman Tim van Rijthoven in a late-night four-setter; Tunisian third seed Ons Jabeur defeated unseeded Marie Bouzkova to advance to her second consecutive Wimbledon quarterfinal.
After receiving a rigorous test of his title credentials from Dutch underdog Tim van Rijthoven, Novak Djokovic maintained his path toward winning his seventh Wimbledon title.
After Van Rijthoven won the second set, it looked as though the top seed’s match might not end by Wimbledon’s curfew of 11 p.m.
However, Djokovic made it plain that he did not want to play again on Monday, winning 6-2 4-6 6-1 6-2 to advance to the quarterfinals against Italian teenager Jannik Sinner.
The 35-year-old made it clear that the delayed conclusion was not ideal, thanking the spectators and fellow six-time singles champion Billie Jean King specifically for seeing the match through.
“We appreciate you sticking around to watch tennis at this late hour. I appreciate Billie Jean staying even though I know it’s been a tough day “said he.
“It takes some getting acclimated to the conditions playing under the cover, but I played the match well.
“I’m not sure if a curfew was in effect. Is there? Phew! I’m fortunate, thank God.
“A few years back, in the semifinals, I recall playing a match with (Rafael) Nadal over the course of two days. Never a good experience.”
Sinner advanced to the Wimbledon round of eight after he defeated Carlos Alcaraz in a match featuring two of the game’s top prospects.
The 19-year-old ultimately found his feet but was never able to reach the level that allowed him to reach the last eight at the US Open and Roland Garros in the previous year. The Italian, who started out gasping for air, quickly took the initiative and only briefly let it slip against him.
Before this summer, Sinner, 20, had never triumphed at the All England Club, but he used his sixth match point to win the match 6-1 6-4 6-7 (8-10) 6-3 in three hours and 35 minutes.
— Jannik Sinner (@janniksin) July 3, 2022
Sinner said, “I think what we showed today is a great level of tennis, great attitude from both of us,” before discussion shifted to whether Centre Court had seen the start of a rivalry between Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer.
“Hopefully this will be the case, but we never know,” he continued. There are still a tonne of players playing fantastic tennis.
Undoubtedly, we are currently the two youngest, so let’s see. What will occur in the future is unknown to me. Yes, I agree that having new names and players is fantastic for tennis.
Teenager Alcaraz confessed he found it difficult to handle the situation in the early going and lasted 40 minutes without winning a game, but he thinks he will be more prepared in 2023.
He stated: “I become incredibly anxious. I find it difficult to compete on Center Court. I believe Jannik would be able to handle the pressure and nerves better than I could.
“But in Wimbledon, I was in great shape. Playing on grass gave me a lot of experience. I’m beginning to believe that I could play well on grass.
“In order to adjust my game and get used to playing on grass here at Wimbledon the following year, I intend to participate in certain tournaments beforehand. But I think I’ll be a fantastic player in this situation.”
Ons Jabeur, the third seed, defeated Elise Mertens 7-6 (11-9) 6-4 to advance to her second consecutive Wimbledon quarterfinal after saving five set points in the first set tiebreaker.
Jabeur will compete against Marie Bouzkova in an effort to advance to their first Grand Slam semifinal.
With a 7-5 6-2 victory over Caroline Garcia of France, unseeded Czech Bouzkova ended her eight-match winning streak on grass and advanced to her maiden Grand Slam quarterfinal.
The 66th-ranked Czech had defeated Garcia in her lone prior encounter on grass. Garcia was thought to have a chance to win Wimbledon this year given her title run at Bad Homburg and the women’s draw’s wide openness.
“I probably wouldn’t believe you if you told me before the tournament even started that I would be in the quarterfinals,” remarked Bouzkova.
“Always try to approach things one match at a time. For me, it has been a tremendously difficult trip since the first game. For me, just being in the quarters right now is quite wonderful.
After losing a gruelling match to Jonny O’Mara and Alicia Barnett of Great Britain in the second round, Jamie Murray and Venus Williams are eliminated from the mixed doubles competition.
The young partnership lost the epic decisive tie-break 18-16 after having five match points.
In two hours and twelve minutes, O’Mara and Barnett finally converted on their fifth match point to secure a victory of 3-6 6-4 7-6 (18-16).
Hands up for the Brits 🙌
— wta (@WTA) July 3, 2022
Due to their loss, Scot Murray and American Williams were unable to follow in the footsteps of Andy and Serena, who together in 2019 made it to the third round.
Williams, 42, requested a wild card to compete at the Championships for a 24th consecutive year despite not having played competitively since last August.
Following his turbulent third-round match with Nick Kyrgios on Saturday, Stefanos Tsitsipas was fined 10,000 US dollars (£8,260) for unsportsmanlike behaviour.
After a Kyrgios underarm serve, the Greek earned two warnings for striking the ball carelessly towards the crowd and very forcefully into the backboard.
The Australian repeatedly pleaded with umpire Damien Dumusois and other tournament officials for Tsitsipas to be forfeited for his first offence. The Australian was himself fined 4,000 dollars (£3,300) for swearing.