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10 Things To Know About Men’s Quarter-Finals Day At Wimbledon

An array of milestone could be achieved on Wednesday at The All England Club.

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Three wins are all the separates eight players from the Wimbledon title. The remaining players in the men’s draw will fight it out today for a place in the semi-final. At stake is a series of records and milestones.

Here are 10 things to follow during day 10 of the tournament.

1. The Over 30s club

Five out of the eight participants are over the age of 30. Equalling the Open Era record for the most players in that age category to reach the quarter-finals of a major event. Should four of those make it to the semifinals, it will be the first time that has happened in the modern game.

Should Roger Federer go on to win this year’s tournament, he will become the first player in history to win five grand slam titles after their 30th birthday.

Players ranked by age
Roger Federer – 36
John Isner – 33
Rafael Nadal – 32
Kevin Anderson – 32
Novak Djokovic – 31
Juan Martin del Potro – 29
Kei Nishikori – 28
Milos Raonic – 27

2. A first since 1981

For the first time since 1981, five different continents will be represented in the men’s quarter-finals. In total there are :-

3 Europeans – Nadal, Federer and Djokovic
2 North Americans – Isner and Raonic
1 African – Anderson
1 Asian – Nishikori
1 South American – Del Potro

3. Federer could create another Wimbledon record

The Swiss top seed is yet to drop a set in this year’s tournament. In fact, the last player to take a set off him at SW19 was Raonic in the semifinals of the tournament back in 2016. Should Federer dismiss Anderson in straight sets today, he would create a new record for most consecutive sets won at the tournament at 35. His current record is 34, which was set between 2005-2006.

The upcoming match will be his 107th at Wimbledon. No other male player has played more matches at the tournament than Federer in the Open Era. The second best is Jimmy Connors at 102.

Number of grand slam matches played by Federer (up to July 11th 2018)

Australian Open – 107
French Open – 81
Wimbledon – 107
US Open – 94

4. Anderson looks to break South Africa’s 35-year drought

1983 was the last time a player from South Africa reached the last four of the grass-court major. Kevin Curren, who later represented America, was denied a place in the final by Chris Lewis. Should Anderson follow in Curren’s footsteps, he would become only the seventh player from his country to reach multiple grand slam semi-finals.

He is already the first South African man to reach the last eight at Wimbledon since Wayne Ferreira back in 1994. A win over Federer would give Anderson his fifth consecutive win on the grass. Something that he is yet to achieve in his career.

5. Nadal’s best run ever (technically speaking)

Like Federer, second seed Nadal is yet to drop a set. Easing past Dudi Sela, Mikhail Kukushkin, Alex de Minaur and Jiri Vesely. Despite his illustrious record, it is the first time the Spaniard has ever reached the last eight at The All England Club without dropping a set.

A win over Del Potro would placed Nadal joint fourth with Ivan Lendl for the most appearances in grand slam semifinals at 28. It will be his fourth consecutive grand slam quarter-final. His longest streak since 2012 where he made 11 appearances between the 2009 US Open and the 2012 French Open.

6. Del Potro aims to match Sabatini

In the tournament’s history, only one Argentinian player has reached the semifinals on multiple occasions. That was Gabriela Sabatini, who did so in 1986, 1990, 1991 and 1992. Del Potro could become the second player from his country to do so with a win over Nadal. He last played in the semifinals back in 2013 when he lost in five sets to Djokovic.

Del Potro is targeting his 6th grand slam semi-final. Should he do so, he would be the second man from his country. Guillermo Vilas has the record at 12.

7. Isner hopes for the 41st time lucky

Isner is aiming to do something that he is yet to achieve since making his debut at the 2007 US Open – make a grand slam semi-final. Should he do so, he would go second in the all-time list for most attempts to reach a major semi-final at 41. Sam Querrey holds the record at 42.

Prior to this year, Isner has never gone beyond the third round at Wimbledon. His only other previous quarter-final appearance in a grand slam occurred at the 2011 US Open.

8. Raonic aims to be Canada’s most consistent player of all-time

To date, only Raonic and Eugenie Bouchard has reached the last four of a major on three separate occasions. The world No.32 could become the first player from his country to reach a fourth if he beats Isner. He has already played in the quarter-finals of Wimbledon more times than any other player from his country with this year being his fourth.

Raonic has a 24-7 win-loss record at Wimbledon, which is his best record in any grand slam event.

9. Djokovic aims to draw level with Sampras

Three-time champion Djokovic is gunning for his 63rd win at the tournament. Should he do so, he would match Pete Sampras for most wins at the tournament in the men’s draw. Placing him joint fourth on the all-time list. Among active players, only Federer has won more matches than him at the event with 95.

A win would also gift Djokovic his 806th on the tour. Putting him equal eighth on the all-time list with Stefan Edberg. It would also elevate him into his 32nd grand slam semi-final.

10. Nishikori aims to end Japan’s wait

There has never been a men’s finalist from Japan. In fact, the last to reach the semifinals of the tournament was Jiro Satoh in 1933. Satoh tragically committed suicide a year later, after disappearing from a ship on route to a Davis Cup tie. Nishikori could end that 85-year wait with a win over Djokovic. If he do so, he would become only the third Japanese player to reach a grand slam semifinal on three or more occasions. Following in the footsteps of Satoh (5) and Kimiko Date (3).

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Acapulco Faces Safety Issues Ahead Of ATP 500 Tournament

Acapulco faces safety and infrastructure issues before the ATP 500 tournament next week.

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Acapulco has faced safety concerns ahead of the tournament as players have been advised to stay in the tournament hotels or tennis venues.

As exclusively revealed by James Gray of the i newspaper, Acapulco is facing security and infrastructure concerns ahead of the tournament.

ATP players have reportedly been told in an email to stay confined to the tournament hotels and the tennis venue as crime rates have increased in the city.

Organisers in Mexico have reassured people that players will be able to train safely with the following statement, “The Arena GNP, venue for the Mexican Open of Tennis, and the host hotel are currently operational to carry out the tournament,” the tournament organisers told the i newspaper.

“Since Tuesday, we have been receiving players in Acapulco, and they have already had the opportunity to train at the venue.”

However there are still infrastructural problems including lack of flights to Acapulco as well as other safety concerns which have been affected by Hurricane Otis.

Despite the problems the ATP seem confident that the event will be safe and secure ahead of the ATP 500 event, “It is not uncommon for players to receive security advisories from ATP as a precautionary measure across more than 250 Tour and Challenger Tour events each season,” A spokesperson told the i newspaper.

“The advisory sent for Acapulco factors in the additional complexity of Hurricane Otis’ disruption. There have been major efforts and investment to restore the Acapulco venue in recent months.”

The ATP 500 event in Acapulco will take place next week with Alex De Minaur being the defending champion.

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Ons Jabeur’s Latest Withdrawal Raises Doubts Over Season Ambitions

Ons Jabeur will be hoping to re-energize herself ahead of a big few months in her career.

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Ons Jabeur’s latest withdrawal in Dubai has raised doubts over how successful the Tunisian can be this season.

Despite having high hopes for revitalizing her season in Dubai, Ons Jabeur has had another setback in 2024.

The Tunisian was forced to withdraw from one of her favourite tournaments of the year in Dubai due to a knee injury.

This withdrawal came days after Jabeur said she was ready for the challenge in Dubai and was excited to compete in front of a passionate crowd in Dubai.

In a statement Jabeur explained her injury and why she was unable to compete in Dubai this week, “After consultation of my doctors and team we have decided that I will have to withdraw from Dubai this week and go for more medical treatments,” Jabeur was quoted by tennishead as saying.

“Looking forward to reconnect with all on the courts for the US swing. Thank you for your continuous support.”

This latest setback isn’t a coincidence though as Jabeur has struggled with injuries ever since her Wimbledon final.

The mental and physical toll that the last eight months have taken of Jabeur are starting to show.

There doesn’t seem to be a plan in place as Jabeur has been open about her mental health struggles since that comprehensive defeat to Marketa Vondrousova at Wimbledon.

That’s a potential problem for Jabeur going forwards as it continues to get tougher for the world number six to find motivation going forwards.

A long break away from tennis may be beneficial for Jabeur as it feels like this summer may be the Tunisian’s last opportunity at Grand Slam glory.

An innovative and new approach may be required for Jabeur as her physical and mental stamina continues to fade with every week.

However will Jabeur manage reinvent herself before it’s too late? Only time will tell and SW19 may be the final destination in that bid.

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Iga Swiatek ‘Proud’ After Claiming Doha Title

World number one Iga Swiatek won her 18th career title in Doha.

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Iga Swiatek defeated Elena Rybakina 7-6(8) 6-2 to claim the title in Doha.

The world number one sealed an 18th career title with a straight sets win over Rybakina.

Swiatek had previously struggled to beat the Kazakh and that continued at the start of the opening set with the Pole conceding a double break deficit at 4-1.

However Swiatek was resilient as she won four games in a row to get back on track in the opening set.

Rybakina broke in the eleventh game and had the opportunity to serve for the opening set but couldn’t take the opportunity.

In the tiebreak, Swiatek converted her fourth set point as she claimed a mammoth tiebreak 10-8.

After that Swiatek seized control as she broke twice after saving two break points in the second game.

The Pole held comfortably to claim her maiden title of the 2024 season in what was her first tournament since a third round exit at the Australian Open.

In her-post match speech Swiatek admitted that she is proud of her performance in Doha this week, “You don’t even know hard it was not to think about it,” Swiatek was quoted by France 24 as saying after winning her 13th match in Doha.

“I came here and was pretty stressed because I felt the expectations. I wanted to do everything step by step like I always do. I’m really happy. I’m really proud of myself.”

Swiatek will now look to continue that form in Dubai next week where she takes on either Sloane Stephens or Clara Burel in her opening round match.

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