Wimbledon 2022, tennis news, scores, results, Carlos Alcaraz loses, Novak Djokovic, Ons Jabeur, video
Novak Djokovic’s path to a seventh Wimbledon title opened on Sunday when Carlos Alcaraz was dumped by Jannik Sinner as Roger Federer revealed his desire to play at the All England Club ‘one more time’.
Top seed Djokovic, who is looking to close in on Pete Sampras as a seven-time champion, is currently up against Dutch wild card Tim van Rijthoven, world number 104.
However, Alcaraz, 19, his scheduled quarter-final opponent, was beaten by 10th seed Sinner, 6-1, 6-4, 6-7 (8/10), 6-3.
The 20-year-old Italian, who had never won a match on grass before Wimbledon this year, becomes the youngest man in the last eight since Nick Kyrgios in 2014.
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“Carlos is a very tough opponent and a nice person. It’s always a huge pleasure to play against him,” Sinner said after reaching the quarter-finals of a Grand Slam for the third time.
Sinner needed six match points to seal the deal while Alcaraz regretted not converting one of his seven break points.
Djokovic will look to reach his 13th quarter-final at Wimbledon on a historic day, with a match scheduled for the middle Sunday for the first time.
It was traditionally a rest day, except for a handful of occasions when opening week rain forced a quick reset to the schedule.
The action on center court was preceded by a parade of champions to mark the stadium’s 100th anniversary.
One of them was eight-time champion Federer, who is out of the 2022 championships as he continues his slow recovery from knee surgery.
However, he insisted he plans to be back in 2023, even though he will be in sight of his 42nd birthday.
“I hope I can come back one more time,” said the 20-time Grand Slam winner. “I missed it here.”
Federer has been out of action since a quarter-final loss at Wimbledon last year before undergoing another knee surgery.
“I knew walking here last year that it was going to be a tough year ahead,” Federer said.
“I maybe didn’t think it was going to take this long to come back – the knee has been hard on me.”
By the time Federer returns next year, Djokovic could be a seven-time Wimbledon winner.
The 35-year-old dropped a set in his first win over Kwon Soon-woo but has since relented, dropping just 14 matches over the next two rounds.
He takes on van Rijthoven, who was ranked outside the top 200 just a month ago.
GOFFIN SEALS EPIC
Belgian David Goffin beat American Frances Tiafoe in Wimbledon’s longest match this year to reach the quarter-finals.
Goffin, who also made the quarters in his last appearance in 2019, won 7-6 (7/3), 5-7, 5-7, 6-4, 7-5 after four hours and 36 minutes on the court. Of them.
The world number 58 will next face Britain’s Cameron Norrie who reached a Grand Slam quarter-final for the first time, beating Tommy Paul 6-4, 7-5, 6-4.
JABBER ON FIRE
After women’s top seed Iga Swiatek was knocked out on Saturday, world number two Ons Jabeur remained on course for a maiden Grand Slam title.
The Tunisian reached the final quarter-final for the second consecutive year, beating Belgium’s Elise Mertens 7-6 (11/9), 6-4.
Jabeur, who will face Marie Bouzkova for a place in the semi-finals, said she wanted to be a trailblazer for Arab and African players.
“I wish I could really convey this message to the younger generation not only in my country but on the African continent,” she said.
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Bouzkova, world number 66 from the Czech Republic, beat Caroline Garcia of France 7-5, 6-2.
Tatjana Maria, a mother of two, is also in her first Slam quarter-final, 15 years after her debut.
The 34-year-old saved two match points to defeat former French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko 5-7, 7-5, 7-5.
Maria, ranked 103, fired nine aces and exploited Ostapenko’s all-or-nothing approach, which resulted in 52 winners and 57 unforced errors.
“It makes me so proud to be a mum – it’s the best thing in the world,” said Maria, who only returned from a second maternity leave less than a year ago.
Maria will face fellow German Jule Niemeier for a place in the semi-finals after the world number 97 beat Heather Watson 6-2, 6-4.