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Roger Federer Federer amp; Djokovic ease into quarters
Federer, Sonego, Lorenzo Sonego


Roger Federer takes his place in Wimbledon quarter-final as he … Mon, 05 Jul 2021 19:00:00 +0100-Eight-time champion Roger Federer follows top seed Novak Djokovic into the Wimbledon quarter-finals as both ease through their last-16 matches.

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Federer & Djokovic ease into quarters

Venue: All England Club Dates: 28 June-11 July
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Eight-time champion Roger Federer followed top seed Novak Djokovic into the Wimbledon quarter-finals as both eased through their last-16 matches.

Djokovic, 34, continued his bid for a record-equalling 20th men's Grand Slam title with a 6-2 6-4 6-2 win against Chile's Cristian Garin.

Federer, who holds the record alongside Rafael Nadal, later won 7-5 6-4 6-2 against Italy's Lorenzo Sonego.

The Swiss will face second seed Daniil Medvedev or Poland's Hubert Hurkacz.

Russia's Medvedev led 6-2 6-7 (2-7) 6-3 3-4 when the pair were forced off the outside court two because of persistent rain.

Djokovic will play Marton Fucsovics in the last eight after the Hungarian beat Russian fifth seed Andrey Rublev.

The Serb will now contest his 50th Grand Slam quarter-final, with only 39-year-old Federer ahead of him after the Swiss reached his 58th.

Djokovic 'playing with wings' in SW19

Defending champion Djokovic did not need to find his best level, still having enough quality to beat 17th seed Garin.

Against Fucsovics, Djokovic is likely to be tested more than he was against clay-court specialist Garin on Centre Court.

The chasm between the five-time champion and an opponent who had never won a main-draw match at Wimbledon before this year was simply far too wide.

Djokovic served well and took five of his 12 break points, while the fact the Serb won 63% of the total points played demonstrated the one-sided nature of the match.

“I am delighted to reach the quarter-finals and I'm more delighted to see more fans on Centre Court,” said Djokovic, who won in front of a crowd which has increased to 75% of the 15,000 capacity.

In a nervous start, Garin was unable to win a point in the opening two games, with Djokovic breaking again for a 4-1 lead and clinching the opener without dropping another point in his service games.

After Djokovic had to fight off two break points in the second game of the second set, the Serb reasserted his authority to put pressure on Garin's serve and claimed the decisive break as he won the final three games.

The 25-year-old Chilean came into the match with a 5-5 win-loss career record on grass and there was never any danger of that tipping in his favour.

Djokovic raced through the third set with two more breaks of serve, wrapping up the victory in one hour and 49 minutes.

The straight-set triumph means Djokovic has not dropped a set at the championships since losing the opener to British teenager Jack Draper in the first round.

“My confidence level is very high after winning the French Open,” Djokovic added.

“That was one of the biggest wins under those circumstances, particularly in the second week. It took a lot out of me but at the same time it gave me wings.

“The further the tournament goes, I feel like I am more confident on grass and I look forward to the next challenge.”

Federer moves through the gears

At 39 years 337 days, Federer is the oldest man to reach the quarter-finals at Wimbledon in the Open era

Sixth seed Federer turns 40 next month but his attitude towards success at the place where he built most of his legacy remains as sprightly as ever.

A lack of court time in the past 16 months, because of a knee injury which required two surgeries, left many wondering how the Swiss would fare this fortnight.

This was another improved display from the former world number one as he reached the SW19 men's quarter-finals for a record-extending 18th time.

The first set was delicately poised when a marathon 11th game was stopped – with Sonego about to try to fight off a fourth break point of the game – because of a rain downpour.

After a 20-minute pause for the Centre Court roof to be pulled over, the Italian 23rd seed restarted with a double fault to hand over the advantage – a cruel blow that left the fans gasping in sympathy.

Federer saved two break points before serving out the opener, then moved through the gears in the next two sets to seal victory.

“I felt after the first set I was able to control things,” Federer said.


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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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