Golden oldie Federer through to 58th Grand Slam quarters
Roger Federer is the oldest man in the Open Era to reach the Wimbledon quarter-finals. (Photo: Reuters)
Roger Federer weathered a first-set storm to become the oldest man in the Open Era to reach the Wimbledon quarter-finals with a 7-5 6-4 6-2 win over Italian 23rd seed Lorenzo Sonego on Monday.
In his record-extending 18th Wimbledon quarter-final, and 58th across all four majors, the eight-time All England Club champion will meet either Russian second seed Daniil Medvedev or Poland's Hubert Hurkacz, whose match will resume on Tuesday.
* Novak Djokovic reached his 50th Grand Slam quarter-final on Monday (Jul 5) with a straight-sets victory over Chile's Cristian Garin at Wimbledon. World number one Djokovic eased into the last-eight at the All England Club for the 12th time, 6-2, 6-4, 6-2, and will face Hungary's Marton Fucsovics for a place in the semi-finals.
* World number one Djokovic eased into the last-eight at the All England Club for the 12th time, 6-2, 6-4, 6-2, and will face Hungary's Marton Fucsovics for a place in the semi-finals.Second seed Aryna Sabalenka battled past a determined Elena Rybakina 6-3 4-6 6-3 in the Wimbledon fourth round on Monday to reach the quarter-finals of a Grand Slam for the first time in her career.
* Tunisian trailblazer Ons Jabeur became the first Arab woman to reach the Wimbledon quarter-finals with a dazzling 5-7 6-1 6-1 victory over seventh seed Iga Swiatek on Monday.
* The serve was not at full throttle and the strokes were often rather wayward, but that did not stop Ash Barty from reaching the Wimbledon quarter-finals for the first time with a 7-5, 6-3 win over French Open champion Barbora Krejcikova on Monday (Jul 5).
* Karen Khachanov spearheaded a Russian assault in the Wimbledon fourth round on Monday as he beat last-standing American Sebastian Korda in a five-set dogfight to reach the quarter-finals for the first time. Three times Khachanov was repelled when serving for the match but he eventually went through 3-6 6-4 6-3 5-7 10-8.
* Teenager Coco Gauff's Wimbledon hopes were dashed by Germany's former champion Angelique Kerber as she went down 6-4 6-4 in a Centre Court battle of the generations on Monday (Jul 5). The 33-year-old Kerber showed all of her vast experience to keep Gauff at bay as she reached her first Grand Slam quarter-final since winning the title here in 2018.
* British teenager Emma Raducanu's fairytale Wimbledon debut ended in distressing circumstances as she was forced to retire against Australian Ajla Tomljanovic in the fourth round on Monday (Jul 5). The 18-year-old wild card, ranked 338 in the world, went toe to toe with the experienced Tomljanovic in a brutal first set full of intense baseline exchanges.
* Veteran striker Max Kruse was a surprise inclusion on Monday (Jul 5) in Germany's men's squad for the Tokyo Olympic Games, five years after he was booted out of the national side. The 33-year-old joins Nadiem Amiri, 24, and Maximilian Arnold, 27, all full Germany internationals, as the three players in the squad born before 1997.
* A non-fungible token (NFT) representing the moment Andy Murray won Wimbledon in 2013 sold for US$177,777 at auction on Monday, the platform running the sale said. An NFT is a crypto asset which records ownership of a digital item, such as an image, video or text, on blockchain. While anyone can view or download it, only the buyer can claim ownership.
* Sports stadiums across England are set to return to full capacity from Jul 19 after the British government announced the next stage in easing of the COVID-19 restrictions on Monday. The proposal, which will be voted upon on Jul 12, would lift all remaining restrictions in the country.
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