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Round of 16 Wimbledon: Federer, Murray, Gasquet, Wawrinka into the quarters

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TENNIS – Roger Federer swept aside Roberto Bautista Agut with 6-2 6-3 6-3 in just under an hour and 30 minutes to cruise to the quarter final at Wimbledon. The Swiss Maestro remains one of the favourites for a record eighth crown at the All- England Club. Novak Djokovic rallied from two sets down v Kevin Anderson to force the match to the fifth set but the match was suspended due to obscurity Diego Sampaolo

Federer cruised to an easy win against Bautista Agut who had to fend off five match points. Federer played a perfect match in which he did not drop his serve. Federer got a double break before earning a set point after just 19 minutes. He sealed the first set with a lob. He broke early in the third game of the second set for 2-1  double break to clinch the second set with 6-2. Federer won 100 percent of his first serve points and broke serve to wrap up the third set.

“I got off to a good start and kept rolling. Roberto wasn’t at his best. Midway through the second set he hurd himself”, said Federer

Federer will face Giles Simon in the quarter finals and is on collision course for a possible semifinal against Andy Murray. The Frenchman knocked out 2010 Wimbledon finalist Tomas Berdych with 6-2 6-2 6-3. Federer will meet Simon for the 8th time and won their last five head-to-head matches.

Murray overcame big server Ivo Karlovic 7-6(7) 6-4 5-7 6-4 after three hours and three minutes setting up a quarter final against Vasek Pospisil. Karlovic hit 29 aces to bring his total to 136 aces in this tournament.

In a tight first set Murray clinched his seventh set point before sealing it with 9-7 after 56 minutes. He broke serve for the first time in the match at the start of the second set for 2-0 with two returns. The Scotsman saved an early break point in the third set but he did not convert two break points. Murray smashed his new raquet in frustration after two errors which handed Karlovic the third set with 5-7.

Murray converted his second break point chance in the seventh game of the fourth set for 4-3 before sealing the win on his second match point as Karlovic hit a return long after three hours. Murray will take on Pospisil who came back from two sets down to battle past Viktor Troicki with 4-6 6-7 6-4 6-3 6-3. Pospisil will also played with his doubles teammate Jack Sock against Jamie Murray and John Peers.

Defending champion Djokovic rallied from two sets down to draw level to 2-2 against Anderson before the match was suspended due to bad light at 6-7(8) 6-7(8) 6-1 6-4. Anderson won the tie-break with an ace after Djokovic saved a set point. The South African got the break for 3-1 in the second set but Djokovic broke back. Djokovic fended off two set points to draw level to 6-6 to force the match to the tie-break. Anderson got the mini-break to take the second set.

Djokovic raced out to 6-1 in 24 minutes before breaking serve at the start of the fourth set. Anderson clawed his way back before Djokovic recovered to get a break of serve in the third games to clinch the fourth set with 6-4 forcing the match to the fifth set. The fifth set will resume on Tuesday afternoon.

Stan Wawrinka edged past David Goffin 7-6(3) 7-6(7) 6-4. After winning the first set at the tie-break, Wawrinka faced a set point at 6-7 and saved it with a backhand winner. Wawrinka earned a second set point at 8-7 and sealed the win when Goffin sent his forehand out. 

Wawrinka went down a break at 2-4 in the third set. It was the first time that Wawrinka dropped his serve in this tournament. The Swiss star reeled off four consecutive games to seal the third set with 6-4. Wawrinka will face Richard Gasquet who edged Nick Kyrgios with 7-5 6-1 6-7(7) 7-6(6) avenging his last year’s defeat against the Australian player in the second round last year when the Frenchman missed nine match points.

Gasquet recovered from an early break down to take the first set breaking back in the 12th game. Gasquet earned two match points at 6-4 in the tie-break of the third set but Kyrgios won five of the next six points to win the breaker with 9-7. Kyrgios led 6-4 in the tie-break of the fourth set but Gasquet reeled off the final four points before sealing the win as Kyrgios made a double fault on the third match point.

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Wrist Injury Threatening To End Holger Rune’s Olympic Dream

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Holger Rune will have a second medical opinion on Monday before deciding if he is fit enough to play at the Olympic Games, according to his team. 

The Danish world No.17 recently retired from his quarter-final match at the Hamburg Open due to a knee injury. The hope at the time was that his withdrawal would be just a precautionary measure ahead of the Olympics. However, he is also dealing with a second issue that appears to be more serious.

According to TV 2 Sport, Rune has been struggling with a wrist issue and underwent a scan on Sunday which his mother Aneke says ‘doesn’t look promising.’ Aneke is also the manager of her son’s career. Rune’s Olympic dreams now rest on the outcome of a second medical expert that he will visit tomorrow who has a better understanding of the sport. 

“Unfortunately, it does not look promising after the first medical opinion after the review of the scan of the wrist,” Aneke Rune told TV 2 Sport.

“We are waiting for two tennis-specific doctors who will give a second opinion tomorrow (Monday). Tennis wrists look different from regular wrists, so we’ll hold out hope for one more day.” 

Rune is one of three Danish players entered into the Olympic tennis event along with Caroline Wozniacki and Clara Tauson. The country has only won one medal in tennis before which was at the 1912 Games when Sofie Castenschiold won silver in the women’s indoor singles event. 

So far this season, the 21-year-old has won 27 matches on the Tour but is yet to claim a title. He reached the final of the Brisbane International and then the semi-finals of three more events. In the Grand Slams, he made it to the fourth round of the French Open and Wimbledon. 

It is not known when a final decision regarding Rune’s participation in Paris will be made.

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Hubert Hurkacz Undergoes ‘Knee Procedure’ Ahead of Olympic Bid

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Poland’s top player on the ATP Tour is not giving up on his dream of winning a medal at the Olympic Games despite recently undergoing a medical procedure.

World No.7 Hubert Hurkacz suffered a knee injury during his second round clash at Wimbledon against France’s Arthur Fils. In the fourth set tiebreak of their clash, Hurkacz dived for a shot but landed badly on his knee and required on-court medical attention. He then played two more points before retiring from the match. 

In a social media post published on Wednesday, the  27-year-old confirmed he underwent a procedure on his knee earlier this week but didn’t provide any further details.  Although Hurkacz has stated his intention to play at the upcoming Olympic Games in Paris, where the tennis event will be held on the clay at Roland Garros. 

“I had a knee procedure this Monday, but I’m feeling better already and my team and are dedicating extensive time each day to the rehab process.” He wrote on Instagram. 

“It’s a dream for every athlete to represent their country at the Olympics, and I want to make sure I am fully fit and ready before making the final decision to step on court. The aim is not only to participate, but to win a medal for my country.”

So far this season Hurkacz has won 34 out of 48 matches played on the Tour. He won the Estoril Open in April and was runner-up to Jannik Sinner in Halle. 

The Olympic tennis event is scheduled to begin a week Saturday on July 27th. Poland is yet to win a medal in the event but expectations are high with women’s No.1 Iga Swiatek also taking part. 

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Motivation, Pressure And Expectations – Novak Djokovic Targets History At Wimbledon

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Novak Djokovic has broken numerous records throughout his career but he still feels the pressure of trying to make history in the sport. 

The world No.2 is through to his 10th Wimbledon final where he will play Carlos Alcaraz, who beat him at this stage of the tournament 12 months ago. There is plenty on the line for the Serbian who could equal Roger Federer’s record for most men’s titles won at SW19 and break the overall record for most major singles won in the sport if he triumphs over the Spaniard. Djokovic currently has 24 Grand Slam trophies to his name which is the same as Margaret Court, who won some of her titles before the Open Era started. 

“Obviously I’m aware that Roger [Federer] holds eight Wimbledons. I hold seven. History is on the line.” Djokovic said on Friday after beating Lorenzo Musetti.

“Also, the 25th potential Grand Slam. Of course, it serves as a great motivation, but at the same time it’s also a lot of pressure and expectations.”

Coming into Wimbledon, there had been doubts over Djokovic’s form after he underwent surgery to treat a knee injury he suffered at the French Open. However, he has defied the odds to reach the final. His run has also seen him beat Alexi Popyrin and Holger Rune before getting a walkover in the quarter-finals from Alex de Minaur, who sustained an injury during the tournament. Then on Friday, he overcame a spirited Musetti in three sets. 

Despite the challenge, Djokovic has insisted that his expectations to do well are always high no matter what the situation is. During what has been a roller-coaster first six months of the season, he is yet to win a title this year or beat a player currently ranked in the top 10. Although he will achieve both of these if her beats Alcaraz on Sunday. 

“Every time I step out on the court now, even though I’m 37 and competing with the 21-year-olds, I still expect myself to win most of the matches, and people expect me to win, whatever, 99% of the matches that I play.” He said.

“I always have to come out on the court and perform my best in order to still be at the level with Carlos [Alcaraz] or Jannik [Sinner] or Sascha [Zverev] or any of those guys, Daniil [Medvedev]. 

“This year hasn’t been that successful for me. It’s probably the weakest results the first six months I’ve had in many years. That’s okay. I had to adapt and accept that and really try to find also way out from the injury that I had and kind of regroup.”

Djokovic hopes that a Wimbledon win will help turn his season around like it has done in the past for him. 

“Wimbledon historically there’s been seasons where I wasn’t maybe playing at a desired level, but then I would win a Wimbledon title and then things would change.” He commented.

“For example, that was the case in 2018 when I had elbow surgery earlier in the year, dropped my rankings out of top 20, losing in fourth round of Australian Open, I think it was quarters of Roland-Garros, and just not playing the tennis that I want to play. Then I won Wimbledon and then won US Open and then later on became No.1 very soon.”

Meanwhile, 21-year-old Alcaraz is hoping to stop Djokovic in his tracks. Should he defend his title at Wimbledon, he would become the first player outside the Big Three to do so since Pete Sampras more than 20 years ago. He has won their only previous meeting on the grass but trails their head-to-head 3-2. 

“I’m sure he knows what he has to do to beat me,” said Alcaraz.

“But I’m ready to take that challenge and I’m ready to do it well.”

When the two players take to the court to play in the Wimbledon final, Djokovic will be 15 years and 348 days older than Alcaraz. Making it the largest age gap in a men’s Grand Slam final since the 1974 US Open. Whoever is victorious will receive £2,700,000 in prize money. 

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