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Roger Federer takes his place in Wimbledon quarter-final as he beats Lorenzo Sonego in straight sets

July 05, 2021

8:16PM

The crowd are cheering so much Lee McKenzie cannot be heard!

He's won his 118th Wimbledon match.

Roger Federer “I heard congratulations at the end of the question – the rest was lost! Tricky conditions inside and out, and against Lorenzo who is always dangerous.

“But I felt after the first set I was able to control things. I couldn't be more excited to be in the quarters. Thank you guys for coming out and supporting and making it special.”

On his next opponent, still playing their fourth-round match: “It is not fair for anyone. I have been in these situations before – but these guys are young and they can recover. Unfortunately they are very, very good too, so hopefully it rains again tomorrow… I'm kidding, I'm kidding.”

Huge ovation at the end, applauds the crowd, and he's off.

That's it for the live blog, now over to Ben Bloom for the match report.

8:15PM

he becomes the oldest man to reach the quarter-finals in the open era.

8:13PM

Gorgeous languid forehand from the back of the court right onto the intersection of the back and side lines. That's 30-0.  A wild backhand from Sonego means it's 40-15… and two match points… The Italian puts a return long, and that's that.

8:10PM

And that is what he has done. Now we need to see some Turin breaks. What have you got, Mr Sonego?

8:07PM

Roger holds his serve and the man from Torino will have to serve to stay in the championship.

8:02PM

Sonego holds, despite Fed giving the serve the charge on 40-0, unsuccessfully.

7:58PM

After a particularly excellent Fed shot….

Inverdale: “You could at least smile, Roger”

Henman: “He's just working out if he should charge him for this lesson.”

Federer putting the hammer down now with a commanding service game. Even has time for a bit of catching practice with a ball kid.

7:55PM

Lorenzo Sonego makes the old man run in that game, sending Roger haring to the back of the court at 0-40. And then getting the better of a net exchange and making him tear around again. Sonego continues to try and get the crowd on side. It's a bit of a WG Grace (“they've come to see me bat young man, not you etc etc”)

Fed wins the third of the three break points and goes a double break up

7:51PM

Fed consolidates with a service hold.

7:49PM

30-30 on the Sonego serve and he rushes, hitting a backhand into the net, very half cooked. Roger has another BP at 30-40. First serve misses. Second serve in, Fed returns, Sonego puts a simple shot limply into the net. Meh. Sonego serve broken again

7:44PM

Any hope for Sonego? Well, we will know soon enough. He is to serve here.

7:42PM

He was serving for the previous set at 5-4 and hit a flat spot, but nothing like that this time: commanding service game, and Federer leads 2 sets to 0

Sonego didn't see a break point in that set. Federer made just four unforced errors to the Italian's nine. Roger had two BPs and converted one of them. All numbers that speak to a much more clinical job from RF.

7:38PM

Sonego at 30-15, has all the time in the world to tuck away a volley on his serve… somehow manages to drain it into the net. Dear me. Comes back at the legend with some big hitting, getting those long levers moving and getting some power too. He's got himself out of trouble there.

But Federer now servers for the second set

7:34PM

Federer puts his foot down. 5-3.  Absolutely ruthless in that game. Clinical.

7:32PM

Federer raising the pressure, raising the intensity. In to attack the serve with a chip and charge. 0-15. Sonego wins the next point. Shot of the match now from Sonego as he races to a ball and whips it across court, lovely lovely shot and he gestures to the crowd as if to say: Come on! Come on! How about cheering for me too?! 

The veteran, I'm sure, will be looking to just slow it down for a minute here, stamp out any hint of momentum.

It is very nearly full on centre.

7:29PM

Sonego signs of frustration. Had a couple of mini sniffs there at 0-30 but couldn't press that home, Fed wraps this up with increasing authority. I fear for the Italian now.

7:25PM

30-30 on the Sonego serve…. longest rally of the match…. a glorious crosscourt forehand from RF leaves his opponent stumbling and missing. 30-40 but the second serve kicks up and Fed's return is long. 40-40. 

Sonego has not come to the net much at all, does so now, and has dribbled an unforced error into the net with a forehand volley.

Another BP. And this time he takes it! Sonego leaves a groundstroke a bit short, coming into the net on the Federer forehand, poor tactical choice to invite Federer to hit a forehand passing shot. Shock: Federer is quite good at that. Break of serve

7:21PM

Sonego cannot make any impression on the Federer serve at all there. It's quite gloomy at centre. The lights are on, inside the roof, but it seems quite murky on the TV at least.

7:16PM

The pattern is set: Federer is holding his serve relatively easily. Sonego is having to work hard to hold his.

Federer slips – not what he or his fans want to see. He's okay.

7:11PM

Roger holds that serve easily enough.

7:09PM

Federer gets some pressure on the Sonego serve but the Italian holds it.

Henman: “In the indoor conditions without any wind swirling around, you would expect him to raise his game.”

7:02PM

Roger is a long way off his best. Some unforced errors here take him to 15-40…. Two good serves, two points, back to deuce. His supporters cheer. A commanding point on second serve, coming to the net, gives him a set point at A-40. The veteran produces a good serve, it's returned but Fed has the angle and he wins the point

Federer wins 7-5

Federer made 17 unforced errors, and only scored with two of nine break points. 

The Italian was a bit unlucky with a couple of calls, and the rain delay came at a bad time for him as well. But he has reasons for optimism.

6:59PM

Oh crikey that could not have gone worse. Double fault! Sonego is broken

And Federer can serve for the set.

6:25PM

Tense this! Sonego serving, struggling, fighting. It's 40-A… a massive moment for this young Italian.  He holds with a good serve. But a half court half shot from Sonego sits up on the mis-hit and Federer puts it away with the drive volley. Sonego hangs tough. 

But another break point now. Sonego goes all out for a big forehand it dips just enough to kiss the line. They continue to battle away – but rain is starting. 

Awful time for play to be suspended if you're Sonego: 5-5 and serving at 40-A, he's got to save that break point. But not yet, not yet.

6:19PM

Nice effort! He's got pressure on the Federer serve, a poor forehand from Roger. And would you believe it, Roger Federer has been broken to love!

Roger Federer found Lorenzo Sonego hard work  Credit: Getty
6:18PM

Sonego has held his serve there and now has to see if he can get stuck into the Fed serve.

6:13PM

Despite a double fault (the wind has got up – ball toss issues?) in that game, Federer holds his serve. 

Songeo will serve next to stay in the first set.

6:10PM

Ah, and there it goes. A mixture of forehand errors, and the failure to challenge an incorrect line call, have hurt Sonego in that game. Roger Federer breaks serve.

A forehand was hit long, Sonego seemed startled by the very late call. He looked up his box, and decided not to challenge it. The call was wrong, and the player's decision not to challenge it was wrong, too.

6:07PM

Problem for Sonego though is that he's back serving again about two seconds later because Fed has held in a flash.

5:58PM

That service game seemed to be going okay for Sonego but he's in trouble here at 40-40. Federer comes to the net, behind an average approach shot, Sonego tries the lob but gets it all wrong. Federer whacks that away. Now Sonego hits a little shot that just clips the line. It's called out, wrongly – but because the call came as Federer was making his shot, the umpire orders the point replayed. Shades of Man United getting penalties at Old Trafford there I guess – Sonego's not just playing a man but a sporting legend and institution. I'm not saying the umpire is consciously biased for a second obviously. But we're all human, apart from Roger Federer basically, is the vibe.

Sonego feels he has to win this point twice, which he does, but soon RF has another break point. Sonego saves that one as well.

But on it goes… a fifth deuce. Eventually Sonego holds serve.

5:50PM

And more encouraging moments in this fourth game, Sonego with a flamboyant backhand drive. And now Federer puts a regulation overhead out – somebody in the crowd yelled out, or a phone went off, just as he was making the shot. He glowers. Roger puts both of those irritations behind him.

It's all square and on serve. Sonego serves next.

5:47PM

This has been a good start from the Italian, he seems to have settled pretty well, and has managed to win his first two service games.

5:46PM

Can he get off to a good start and put Roger on the back foot?

5:38PM

Sonego and his childhood friend AlterEdo collaborated to produce a reggaeton track, ‘Un Solo Secondo’, last month.

“We always sang a lot growing up, so to do something helped me not focus on tennis all the time,” he said.

“I like dancing and I listen to music all the time before matches.”

5:32PM

is from Turin in Italy; he's six foot three.  He is 26. He was in the youth system of Torino football club as a kid.

He's never been further than the fourth round at a Slam, indeed his previous two appearances at Timbledon ended in first round defeat. Very similar to the guy Novak Djokovic just played, in that regard.

5:31PM

have met once before, at the first round of Roland Garros in 2019; Federer won in straight sets.

5:18PM

Can he join Novak in the next round?

4:59PM

The Swiss great is bidding to take his place in the quarter-final; his rival Novak Djokovic booked his spot there earlier this afternoon with an east win over Chile's Cristian Garin.

Novak Djokovic reached his 12th Wimbledon quarterfinal Monday to pull even with Arthur Gore, who had a 117-year head start, while a parade of newcomers also made the final eight.

First-timers on the men's side included Canadian Denis Shapovalov, Italian Matteo Berrettini, Marton Fucsovics of Hungary and Russian Karen Khachanov, who won a bizarre fifth set to beat American Sebastian Korda on his 21st birthday.

Women advancing to their first Wimbledon quarterfinal included No. 1-seeded Ash Barty, No. 2 Aryna Sabalenka of Belarus, Tunisian Ons Jabeur and Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic.

Djokovic, the two-time defending champion, held every service game to tie Gore and beat No. 17 Cristian Garin, 6-2, 6-4, 6-2.

Gore first played Wimbledon in 1888. Djokovic made his debut in 2005, and they share third place on the men's all-time list for most men's quarterfinal berths, behind Roger Federer's 18 and Jimmy Connors' 14.

We will see if Roger Federer can join him; Roger is next on court once Gruaff and Kerber finish.

8:16PM

The crowd are cheering so much Lee McKenzie cannot be heard!

He's won his 118th Wimbledon match.

Roger Federer “I heard congratulations at the end of the question – the rest was lost! Tricky conditions inside and out, and against Lorenzo who is always dangerous.

“But I felt after the first set I was able to control things. I couldn't be more excited to be in the quarters. Thank you guys for coming out and supporting and making it special.”

On his next opponent, still playing their fourth-round match: “It is not fair for anyone. I have been in these situations before – but these guys are young and they can recover. Unfortunately they are very, very good too, so hopefully it rains again tomorrow… I'm kidding, I'm kidding.”

Huge ovation at the end, applauds the crowd, and he's off.

That's it for the live blog, now over to Ben Bloom for the match report.

8:15PM

he becomes the oldest man to reach the quarter-finals in the open era.

8:13PM

Gorgeous languid forehand from the back of the court right onto the intersection of the back and side lines. That's 30-0.  A wild backhand from Sonego means it's 40-15… and two match points… The Italian puts a return long, and that's that.

8:10PM

And that is what he has done. Now we need to see some Turin breaks. What have you got, Mr Sonego?

8:07PM

Roger holds his serve and the man from Torino will have to serve to stay in the championship.

8:02PM

Sonego holds, despite Fed giving the serve the charge on 40-0, unsuccessfully.

7:58PM

After a particularly excellent Fed shot….

Inverdale: “You could at least smile, Roger”

Henman: “He's just working out if he should charge him for this lesson.”

Federer putting the hammer down now with a commanding service game. Even has time for a bit of catching practice with a ball kid.

7:55PM

Lorenzo Sonego makes the old man run in that game, sending Roger haring to the back of the court at 0-40. And then getting the better of a net exchange and making him tear around again. Sonego continues to try and get the crowd on side. It's a bit of a WG Grace (“they've come to see me bat young man, not you etc etc”)

Fed wins the third of the three break points and goes a double break up

7:51PM

Fed consolidates with a service hold.

7:49PM

30-30 on the Sonego serve and he rushes, hitting a backhand into the net, very half cooked. Roger has another BP at 30-40. First serve misses. Second serve in, Fed returns, Sonego puts a simple shot limply into the net. Meh. Sonego serve broken again

7:44PM

Any hope for Sonego? Well, we will know soon enough. He is to serve here.

7:42PM

He was serving for the previous set at 5-4 and hit a flat spot, but nothing like that this time: commanding service game, and Federer leads 2 sets to 0

Sonego didn't see a break point in that set. Federer made just four unforced errors to the Italian's nine. Roger had two BPs and converted one of them. All numbers that speak to a much more clinical job from RF.

7:38PM

Sonego at 30-15, has all the time in the world to tuck away a volley on his serve… somehow manages to drain it into the net. Dear me. Comes back at the legend with some big hitting, getting those long levers moving and getting some power too. He's got himself out of trouble there.

But Federer now servers for the second set

7:34PM

Federer puts his foot down. 5-3.  Absolutely ruthless in that game. Clinical.

7:32PM

Federer raising the pressure, raising the intensity. In to attack the serve with a chip and charge. 0-15. Sonego wins the next point. Shot of the match now from Sonego as he races to a ball and whips it across court, lovely lovely shot and he gestures to the crowd as if to say: Come on! Come on! How about cheering for me too?! 

The veteran, I'm sure, will be looking to just slow it down for a minute here, stamp out any hint of momentum.

It is very nearly full on centre.

7:29PM

Sonego signs of frustration. Had a couple of mini sniffs there at 0-30 but couldn't press that home, Fed wraps this up with increasing authority. I fear for the Italian now.

7:25PM

30-30 on the Sonego serve…. longest rally of the match…. a glorious crosscourt forehand from RF leaves his opponent stumbling and missing. 30-40 but the second serve kicks up and Fed's return is long. 40-40. 

Sonego has not come to the net much at all, does so now, and has dribbled an unforced error into the net with a forehand volley.

Another BP. And this time he takes it! Sonego leaves a groundstroke a bit short, coming into the net on the Federer forehand, poor tactical choice to invite Federer to hit a forehand passing shot. Shock: Federer is quite good at that. Break of serve

7:21PM

Sonego cannot make any impression on the Federer serve at all there. It's quite gloomy at centre. The lights are on, inside the roof, but it seems quite murky on the TV at least.

7:16PM

The pattern is set: Federer is holding his serve relatively easily. Sonego is having to work hard to hold his.

Federer slips – not what he or his fans want to see. He's okay.

7:11PM

Roger holds that serve easily enough.

7:09PM

Federer gets some pressure on the Sonego serve but the Italian holds it.

Henman: “In the indoor conditions without any wind swirling around, you would expect him to raise his game.”

7:02PM

Roger is a long way off his best. Some unforced errors here take him to 15-40…. Two good serves, two points, back to deuce. His supporters cheer. A commanding point on second serve, coming to the net, gives him a set point at A-40. The veteran produces a good serve, it's returned but Fed has the angle and he wins the point

Federer wins 7-5

Federer made 17 unforced errors, and only scored with two of nine break points. 

The Italian was a bit unlucky with a couple of calls, and the rain delay came at a bad time for him as well. But he has reasons for optimism.

6:59PM

Oh crikey that could not have gone worse. Double fault! Sonego is broken

And Federer can serve for the set.

6:25PM

Tense this! Sonego serving, struggling, fighting. It's 40-A… a massive moment for this young Italian.  He holds with a good serve. But a half court half shot from Sonego sits up on the mis-hit and Federer puts it away with the drive volley. Sonego hangs tough. 

But another break point now. Sonego goes all out for a big forehand it dips just enough to kiss the line. They continue to battle away – but rain is starting. 

Awful time for play to be suspended if you're Sonego: 5-5 and serving at 40-A, he's got to save that break point. But not yet, not yet.

6:19PM

Nice effort! He's got pressure on the Federer serve, a poor forehand from Roger. And would you believe it, Roger Federer has been broken to love!

Roger Federer found Lorenzo Sonego hard work  Credit: Getty
6:18PM

Sonego has held his serve there and now has to see if he can get stuck into the Fed serve.

6:13PM

Despite a double fault (the wind has got up – ball toss issues?) in that game, Federer holds his serve. 

Songeo will serve next to stay in the first set.

6:10PM

Ah, and there it goes. A mixture of forehand errors, and the failure to challenge an incorrect line call, have hurt Sonego in that game. Roger Federer breaks serve.

A forehand was hit long, Sonego seemed startled by the very late call. He looked up his box, and decided not to challenge it. The call was wrong, and the player's decision not to challenge it was wrong, too.

6:07PM

Problem for Sonego though is that he's back serving again about two seconds later because Fed has held in a flash.

5:58PM

That service game seemed to be going okay for Sonego but he's in trouble here at 40-40. Federer comes to the net, behind an average approach shot, Sonego tries the lob but gets it all wrong. Federer whacks that away. Now Sonego hits a little shot that just clips the line. It's called out, wrongly – but because the call came as Federer was making his shot, the umpire orders the point replayed. Shades of Man United getting penalties at Old Trafford there I guess – Sonego's not just playing a man but a sporting legend and institution. I'm not saying the umpire is consciously biased for a second obviously. But we're all human, apart from Roger Federer basically, is the vibe.

Sonego feels he has to win this point twice, which he does, but soon RF has another break point. Sonego saves that one as well.

But on it goes… a fifth deuce. Eventually Sonego holds serve.

5:50PM

And more encouraging moments in this fourth game, Sonego with a flamboyant backhand drive. And now Federer puts a regulation overhead out – somebody in the crowd yelled out, or a phone went off, just as he was making the shot. He glowers. Roger puts both of those irritations behind him.

It's all square and on serve. Sonego serves next.

5:47PM

This has been a good start from the Italian, he seems to have settled pretty well, and has managed to win his first two service games.

5:46PM

Can he get off to a good start and put Roger on the back foot?

5:38PM

Sonego and his childhood friend AlterEdo collaborated to produce a reggaeton track, ‘Un Solo Secondo’, last month.

“We always sang a lot growing up, so to do something helped me not focus on tennis all the time,” he said.

“I like dancing and I listen to music all the time before matches.”

5:32PM

is from Turin in Italy; he's six foot three.  He is 26. He was in the youth system of Torino football club as a kid.

He's never been further than the fourth round at a Slam, indeed his previous two appearances at Timbledon ended in first round defeat. Very similar to the guy Novak Djokovic just played, in that regard.

5:31PM

have met once before, at the first round of Roland Garros in 2019; Federer won in straight sets.

5:18PM

Can he join Novak in the next round?

4:59PM

The Swiss great is bidding to take his place in the quarter-final; his rival Novak Djokovic booked his spot there earlier this afternoon with an east win over Chile's Cristian Garin.

Novak Djokovic reached his 12th Wimbledon quarterfinal Monday to pull even with Arthur Gore, who had a 117-year head start, while a parade of newcomers also made the final eight.

First-timers on the men's side included Canadian Denis Shapovalov, Italian Matteo Berrettini, Marton Fucsovics of Hungary and Russian Karen Khachanov, who won a bizarre fifth set to beat American Sebastian Korda on his 21st birthday.

Women advancing to their first Wimbledon quarterfinal included No. 1-seeded Ash Barty, No. 2 Aryna Sabalenka of Belarus, Tunisian Ons Jabeur and Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic.

Djokovic, the two-time defending champion, held every service game to tie Gore and beat No. 17 Cristian Garin, 6-2, 6-4, 6-2.

Gore first played Wimbledon in 1888. Djokovic made his debut in 2005, and they share third place on the men's all-time list for most men's quarterfinal berths, behind Roger Federer's 18 and Jimmy Connors' 14.

We will see if Roger Federer can join him; Roger is next on court once Gruaff and Kerber finish.


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Emma Raducanu 4-6 Ajla Tomljanovic: Such good tennis. Tomljanovic senses her opportunity in an epic game that goes well over nine minutes and she takes the first set.

Emma Raducanu 4-5 Ajla Tomljanovic: A bit of an epic game ends in a hold as Raducanu’s return drops out.

Emma Raducanu 4-4 Ajla Tomljanovic: The Brit holds again. These are two very agile tennis players, they cover the ground well and there is some really solid hitting. It’s a quality match-up, not much to separate them as things stand.

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Emma Raducanu 3-4 Ajla Tomljanovic: Raducanu’s powerful ground strokes are causing plenty of problems and she takes the game to deuce, but an attempted down-the-line winner thumps into the net to give Tomljanovic a let-off.

Emma Raducanu 3-3 Ajla Tomljanovic: Raducanu holds and whips up the crowd in celebration. The confidence is surging through her, you can almost see it. What a fortnight this is turning out to be for the 18-year-old.

Emma Raducanu 2-3 Ajla Tomljanovic: Another hold for Tomljanovic. The Croatian-born Aussie has never reached the quarter-finals of a Grand Slam. Of course, neither has her opponent tonight.

Emma Raducanu 2-2 Ajla Tomljanovic: It’s all square and on serve after four games on Court One, with Britain’s Emma Raducanu receiving a lot of support from a partisan crowd.

It took him a while to get going, but the 20-time Grand Slam Champion fired on all cylinders eventually on Centre Court to dispatch the impressive Lorenzo Sonego.

Federer is the oldest man in the Open era to reach a Wimbledon quarter-final, and the dream of another grass court triumph remains alive for arguably the greatest men’s tennis player of all-time.

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Roger Federer 7-5 6-4 6-2 Lorenzo Sonego: Game, Set and Match to Roger Federer.

Roger Federer 7-5 6-4 5-2 Lorenzo Sonego: The Italian forces Federer to serve for the match, which is typical of his spirited display today.

Roger Federer 7-5 6-4 5-1 Lorenzo Sonego: Federer holds serve and Sonego is done here. He’s given it his best shot, but the life has gone from his play. You get the sense he’s just enjoying the experience of playing in-front of a packed Centre Court against Roger Federer, which is fair enough, who wouldn’t relish that!

Roger Federer 7-5 6-4 4-1 Lorenzo Sonego: We’ve had a sighting of the SABR (sneak attack by Roger) on the return, which thrills the crowd. It doesn’t lead to the break, but Federer is firing on all cylinders now. It’s a sight to behold.

Roger Federer 7-5 6-4 4-0 Lorenzo Sonego: Roger is in a rush and he’s two games away from victory on Centre Court. This could have been a tough test, but he raised his level at the crucial moments.

Roger Federer 7-5 6-4 3-0 Lorenzo Sonego: Lovely tennis all round as Federer breaks but Sonego slams some gorgeous shots and soaks in the adoration of the crowd.

Roger Federer 7-5 6-4 2-0 Lorenzo Sonego: Another classy hold for Federer. The chances of a comeback are dwindling away for Sonego.

Felix Auger Aliassime has knocked out fourth seed Alexander Zverev over on court one.

The German has triumphed in a five-set epic… and next up on court one it’s a certain young British star.

Roger Federer 7-5 6-4 1-0 Lorenzo Sonego: Perfect start to the third set from Federer, who is purring now. It’s a break of serve and Sonego is at risk of crumbling.

Roger Federer 7-5 6-4 Lorenzo Sonego: Ruthless from Roger and he’s two sets to the good.

Roger Federer 7-5 5-4 Lorenzo Sonego: Federer is forced to serve for the set by another service hold. Meanwhile, young Brit Emma Raducanu is still waiting for her turn on Court 1.

Roger Federer 7-5 5-3 Lorenzo Sonego: That’s quite the response from Federer, holding to love to quell any hint of a Sonego momentum surge.

Roger Federer 7-5 4-3 Lorenzo Sonego: A crunched forehand winner is followed by an ace to hold and Sonego roars before pumping up the crowd.

Roger Federer 7-5 4-2 Lorenzo Sonego: There’s a hint of a chance on Federer’s serve for Sonego as he gets it to 15-30, but the glimmer disappears and Federer holds.

Roger Federer 7-5 3-2 Lorenzo Sonego: Finally the pressure tells on Sonego’s serve and Federer has the break.

Roger Federer

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Roger Federer 7-5 2-2 Lorenzo Sonego: Another relatively comfortable service hold for Federer. The pattern of this match is becoming pretty set.

Roger Federer 7-5 1-2 Lorenzo Sonego: Another long Sonego service game ends with a hold. Nothing as epic as those 12+ minute games in the first set, but still hard work. All of this effort will finally have an impact you’d imagine, but maybe on Federer’s ageing legs rather than his opponent’s.

Roger Federer 7-5 1-1 Lorenzo Sonego: Federer hits back with a service return of his own. He’s looking really good tonight, Federer, but this also feels like a match that could go deep into the evening under Wimbledon’s Centre Court roof.

Roger Federer 7-5 Lorenzo Sonego: Sonego takes Federer to deuce, but he seals the set by forcing the Italian into a stretched forehand into the net. It’s taken over an hour, but Federer is a set to the good.

Roger Federer 6-5 Lorenzo Sonego: Oh no, a double fault gifts Federer the break as play resumes and the Swiss star will serve for the set.

Roger Federer 5-5 Lorenzo Sonego: The roof is closed and the players are back out there. It will be break point when play resumes.

Roger Federer 5-5 Lorenzo Sonego: Another epic Sonego service game is halted by rain in Wimbledon and the covers are on.

Roger Federer 5-5 Lorenzo Sonego: Woah, okay, we have a match on here. Sonego breaks to love to deny Federer the first set.

Roger Federer 5-4 Lorenzo Sonego: The Italian holds to love and forces Federer to serve for the set.

Roger Federer 5-3 Lorenzo Sonego: Federer holds and he’s closing in on the first set here. It’s impressive from the Swiss veteran, it really is.

Roger Federer 4-3 Lorenzo Sonego: The break does come this time for Federer and he’s in charge of this first set now. Sonego challenges a line call on break point, but it’s long.

Roger Federer 3-3 Lorenzo Sonego: In a complete contrast to the previous game, Federer holds in a flash.

Roger Federer 2-3 Lorenzo Sonego: A mammoth game that featured a slightly controversial overrule from the chair umpire comes to an end, and it’s Sonego who holds serve. That game took over 12 minutes. It took all he had to keep hold of that game.

Roger Federer 2-2 Lorenzo Sonego: Sonego has Federer in a spot of bother on his serve, but the 20-time Grand Slam winner holds. It’s a bit of a chess match at the moment, neither player has been able to get a distinct upper hand.

Roger Federer 1-2 Lorenzo Sonego: A rocket of an ace keeps the set on serve. That’s a calm and composed start from Sonego on such a big stage.

Roger Federer 1-1 Lorenzo Sonego: A comfortable hold from Federer sees the Swiss legend barely break sweat.

Roger Federer 0-1 Lorenzo Sonego: It’s a solid start from the Italian as the final game on Centre Court gets underway with a service hold.

Angelique Kerber is the only defending champion left in the Wimbledon draw, but she isn't getting carried away about adding to her Grand Slam haul just yet.

“Coco is such a talented young player, she has such a great future in-front of her,” Kerber says in her on-court interview.

“I really enjoy my time here, it’s so great to play in-front of you guys again, it gives me the energy to play my best tennis. Every single match that I win here is a win, I’m just trying to savour the moment.”

Angelique Kerber

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Coco Gauff 4-6 4-6 Angelique Kerber: Three match points and Kerber needs just one, rocketing down an ace to knock Coco Gauff out and progress to the quarter-finals. The 2018 Champion looks back to her best and is a genuine contender to win the whole thing in this sort of form.

Coco Gauff 4-6 4-5 Angelique Kerber: That’s superb from Gauff. She holds and takes a seat for the change of ends, grabbing a few grapes for a boost of energy and staring off into the distance in focus. One break of a serve is all she needs to keep this match alive.

Coco Gauff 4-6 3-5 Angelique Kerber: Here we go then, Kerber is one game away. Gauff to serve.

Coco Gauff 4-6 3-4 Angelique Kerber: Gauff holds again. She’s making Kerber go out and win this one.

Coco Gauff 4-6 2-4 Angelique Kerber: You’ve got to give it to Kerber, she’s kept her head here and is now just two games away from a Wimbledon quarter-final. This is the sort of match where momentum can change so easily, but she’s keeping her focus.

Coco Gauff 4-6 2-3 Angelique Kerber: Gauff holds and it’s greeted by a huge cheer from the Centre Court crowd. They want more of this.

Coco Gauff 4-6 1-3 Angelique Kerber: The German holds and this cracker of a match could be over before we know it. Can Gauff respond?

Coco Gauff 4-6 1-2 Angelique Kerber: That’s a huge break for Kerber. Gauff might have the support of the crowd on Centre Court, but she’s up against it big time.

Coco Gauff 4-6 1-1 Angelique Kerber: It’s been an exceptionally tight start to the second set, but Kerber, after being taken to deuce, holds.

Coco Gauff 4-6 1-0 Angelique Kerber: Gauff holds an epic opening game of the second in what could prove a pivotal moment for her.

Coco Gauff 4-6 Angelique Kerber: The German takes the first set in 32 minutes. That was a breathless half an hour of tennis, more of the same please.

Coco Gauff 4-5 Angelique Kerber: A ripped cross-court winner sees Gauff hold and Kerber is going to have to serve out for the set.

Coco Gauff 3-5 Angelique Kerber: The two players have settled and Kerber holds for a second time.

Coco Gauff 3-4 Angelique Kerber: You wait forever for a service hold and then two come along at once. That’s more like it from Coco, who has been ruthless on her first serve throughout this tournament so far. In fact, a handy stat is that over 50% of her first serves don’t come back. That’s a position you want to be in, particularly in a long Grand Slam.

Coco Gauff 2-4 Angelique Kerber: Finally the run of breaks ends and Kerber takes control of the set with her service hold.

Coco Gauff 2-3 Angelique Kerber: And Kerber breaks again. Both players are slightly off it on serve, but the returning has been world-class.

Coco Gauff 2-2 Angelique Kerber: And the breaks continue. Remarkable start to this match. Centre Court is entranced.

Coco Gauff 1-2 Angelique Kerber: Three games, three breaks. We’re in for a great match here if the early signs are anything to go by.

Coco Gauff 1-1 Angelique Kerber: And Gauff breaks straight back. A nervy double fault gave the American two break points and she took advantage. What a start this is.

Coco Gauff 0-1 Angelique Kerber: Huge start for Kerber as she puts a four-point run together on Gauff’s serve to break first up.

That was extraordinary from Djokovic. He has still only lost one set at this tournament and he is beaming with pride at the display.

“I’m very delighted and I’m also delighted to see more fans on the Centre Court today,” Djokovic says during his on-court interview.

“Thank you for coming, I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did.

“My confidence level is very high obviously, after winning the French Open. It took a lot out of me, but it gave me the confidence boost I needed. My energy levels are really good.”

Novak Djokovic in Wimbledon

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DJOKOVIC 6-2 6-4 6-2 GARIN: It’s all over on Centre Court as Novak Djokovic applauds the Wimbledon crowd and Cristian Garin retreats to the locker room. He’s the top seed and he looked every inch of it today as the Serbian ruthlessly brushed aside his Chilean opponent. Tougher tests await, but in this sort of form it’s going to take some performance to stop him making it 20 Grand Slams and counting.

DJOKOVIC 6-2 6-4 5-2 GARIN: A service hold means that Garin gets a chance to take to his seat and soak this all in for (probably) one last time this afternoon.

DJOKOVIC 6-2 6-4 5-1 GARIN: Novak is one game from the quarter-finals. This is all over bar the shouting.

DJOKOVIC 6-2 6-4 4-1 GARIN: Djokovic is ticking now and slams a forehand winner down the line to break to love.

DJOKOVIC 6-2 6-4 2-1 GARIN: I think we can safely say this is the end of Garin’s Wimbledon today, but he’s played some nice tennis in patches and gets a warm round of applause from the Centre Court crowd as he holds.

DJOKOVIC 6-2 6-4 2-0 GARIN: It’s going to take something special to deny Djokovic his record-equaling 20th Grand Slam.

DJOKOVIC 6-2 6-4 1-0 GARIN: Novak wants to get this finished quickly. He breaks serve in the very first game of the third set.

We’ve already had a huge upset on ‘Manic Monday’ with Iga Swiatek crashing out the hands of the impressive Ons Jabeur.

Read more about that HERE

Tunisia's Ons Jabeur celebrates her win over Poland's Iga Swiatek during their women's singles fourth round match on the seventh day of the 2021 Wimbledon Championships

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DJOKOVIC 6-2 6-4 GARIN: It was harder work for Novak than the first, but he takes the second set with a service hold to move within one set of the quarter-finals.

DJOKOVIC 6-2 5-4 GARIN: And there it is, the break finally comes for Djokovic and he’ll serve for the set after the change of ends.

DJOKOVIC 6-2 3-4 GARIN: Every single service game is tricky for Garin, and that’s even with Djokovic struggling to find his rhythm. A marathon of a game finally ends with a hold.

DJOKOVIC 6-2 2-3 GARIN: It was an extremely short delay and the match resumes after only a couple of minutes. Djokovic threatens a break of serve by taking it to deuce, but Garin holds his nerve.

DJOKOVIC 6-2 2-2 GARIN: We have a rain delay. The umbrellas pop up around Centre Court and we pause briefly.

DJOKOVIC 6-2 1-1 GARIN: The Wimbledon crowd love an underdog, and they’re really getting behind Garin here. He has a couple of break points on Djokovic’s serve too, but can’t convert and Novak escapes to draw level in the second set.

DJOKOVIC 6-2 GARIN: The first set goes to Djokovic as he converts the first of three set points, and it’s taken him just 23 minutes.

DJOKOVIC 4-1 GARIN: And it’s another break of serve for Novak, this timed sealed with a brilliant drop-shot and lob combo that has Garin scrambling.

DJOKOVIC 2-0 GARIN: The match is only a matter of minutes in and Djokovic is two games up and yet to lose a point. Ruthless. And brilliant.

DJOKOVIC 1-0 GARIN: Oof, now that’s a start from Novak. The favourite opens the match with a break to love on Centre Court. It’s what you call a statement.

There's been plenty of action on the day dubbed “Manic Monday”, with all round-of-16 matches due to be completed today.

Aryna Sabalenka, Ons Jabeur and Matteo Berrettini are all already through and the headline matches are only just beginning. It's going to be a busy one!

What a line up of stars we have today at Wimbledon.

Day seven at Wimbledon sees Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic, Ash Barty, Coco Gauff and British sensation Emma Raducanu all in action.

Oh, plus Daniil Medvedev, Iga Swiatek, Aryna Sabalenka, Alexander Zverev, Angelique Kerber, Felix Auger-Aliassime and many more.

The teenager is making her Grand Slam debut, having only made her maiden appearance on the WTA Tour in June, and is ranked number 338th in the world – and Eurosport's Mats Wilander believes Britain has something special.

“Amazing scenes,” Wilander told Eurosport at Wimbledon. “She is the real deal, and I am talking about the mindset. An incredible mindset and an incredible mover.

“She played incredibly – she has a great mindset, and just the way she handled it. She had so many break points in that second set – and somehow, like a mature tennis pro who has been on the tour for years – she handled that setback.

“She plays like her idol, Li Na. The forehand is almost an identical copy. She really is a fantastic tennis player and there is nowhere she is going to go but up. She is going to improve and improve.

“The fact that she turned that match around, and Cirstea came back, that is such a confidence boost and such a telling point that she is here to stay.

“She moves incredibly well and she has real strength. She has literally everything. She can be a superstar.”

The Championships at the All England Club had to be cancelled last year due to the Covid-19 pandemic without a ball being hit.

In 2019, Novak Djokovic defeated Roger Federer in what was a match for the ages to lift his fifth Wimbledon title, while Simona Halep overcame Serena Williams to win the women's title two years ago.

Who is going to triumph this year?

Djokovic is the overwhelming favourite to make it three Grand Slams on the bounce after his triumphs at the Australian Open and French Open.

The women's draw is more wide open and Ashleigh Barty is the leading favourite, according to the bookies, with Serena Williams having already sadly left the tournament through injury.

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