Wednesday, November 29, 2023

    Wimbledon: Djokovic, Bertio reach last-eight in 50th Grand Slam quarter-final

    Wimbledon. Defending champion Novak Djokovic put in a strong performance to reach the quarter-finals of Wimbledon. He reached the quarter-finals of the Wimbledon tennis tournament for the 12th time on Monday and equaled debutant Arthur Gorey 117 years ago, while several newcomers made history by reaching the last eight. In the men’s category, first-time Wimbledon quarter-finalists include Canada’s Denis Shapovalov, Italy’s Matteo Berettini, Hungary’s Marton Fucsovic and Russia’s Karen Khachanov.

    In the women’s category, world number one Ashley Barty of Australia, number two Aryna Sabalenka of Belarus, Ounce Jaber of Tunisia and Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic made it to the last eight for the first time. World No.1 Djokovic defeated 17th seed Christian Garin 6-2, 6-4, 6-2 to collect every service point. He reached the quarterfinals of a Grand Slam tournament for the 50th time.

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    Djokovic is now tied with Arthur Gorey for third on the list of players who have reached the last eight at Wimbledon, behind Roger Federer (18) and Jimmy Connors (14). White played his first match at Wimbledon in 1888 and Djokovic made his debut in 2005. Russian No. 25 Karen Khachanov beat American Sebastian Korda 3-6, 6-4, 6-3, 5-7, 10-8 on his 21st birthday. Both broke each other’s serve 13 times in the final set.

    Khachanov next faces No. 10 Shapovalov, who served 15 aces to beat eighth-ranked Roberto Batista Agut 6-1, 6-3, 7-5. Berettini defeated Ilya Ivashka 6-4, 6-3, 6-1. He is the first Italian male player to reach the quarterfinals here in 23 years. The 29-year-old Fucsovic also became the first Hungarian player to reach the Wimbledon quarterfinals since 1948. He defeated No. 5 Andrey Rublev 6-3, 4-6, 4-6, 6-0, 6-3.

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    In the women’s category, world number one Bertie also made it to the quarterfinals of Wimbledon for the first time. She defeated French Open champion Barbora Krejcikova 7-5, 6-3. Tunisia’s Ounce Jaber became the first female player from an Arab country to reach the quarter-finals of Wimbledon. She defeated 2020 French Open champion Inga Sovietek 5–7, 6–1, 6–1.

    Second seed Sabalenka defeated Elena Rybakina 6-3, 4-6, 6-3. Eighth seed Karolina Piliskova defeated Ludmila Samsonova 6-2, 6-3. Piliskova has now reached the quarterfinals of four Grand Slams. Meanwhile, No. 19 Karolina Muchova entered the Wimbledon quarterfinals for the second time in a row. She beat No. 30 Paola Badosa 7-6(6), 6-4.

    Tags: Novak Djokovic, tennis, Wimbledon, Wimbledon 2021

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