Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer continued their magnificent display in Wimbledon as they stayed on a collision course for a final. Djokovic, who is gunning for a Grand Slam in 2021, defeated Chile’s Cristian Garin 6-2,6-4,6-2 to advance to the quarterfinal. Federer, who is gunning for a record ninth Wimbledon title, defeated Italy’s Lorenzo Sonego 7-5,6-4,6-2. Federer is the oldest player in the Open Era history to reach the quarterfinal of Wimbledon. Djokovic, on the other hand, will be aiming to become the first player since Rod Laver to win the Grand Slam in 1969.
The win over Sonego came in the 20th anniversary of Federer beating Pete Sampras in the 2001 Wimbledon tournament. This was Federer’s 105th win in Wimbledon and he looks good for his ninth title. Djokovic, who won the Australian and French Open title, is the only player in the Open Era to win all Grand Slams two times. The Serbian will want to win Wimbledon and draw level with Federer and Rafael Nadal’s tally of 20 Grand Slam titles.
However, there was one major casualty in Wimbledon 2021 as Alexander Zverev crashed out in the fourth round in a five-set encounter. Zverev lost 4-6,6-7 (6), 6-3,6-3,4-6 to Felix Auger Aliasimme.
Federer will meet either second seed Daniil Medvedev of Russia or the Polish 14th seed Hubert Hurkacz. Their match in Court 2 was interrupted due to rain. Medvedev was leading by two sets to one, having led 6-2, 6-7 (2), 6-3 but trailing 4-3 in the fourth set. Federer said that youngsters in this time can recover quickly, having himself being in this situation in previous instances.
“It is not fair for anyone. I have been in these situations before. But these guys are young and they can recover,” Federer said after the end of the match against Sonego.
World No 1 Ashleigh Barty, second seed Aryna Sabalenka, Ons Jabeur, and former world No 1 Karolina Pliskova reached the last eight. Barty beat French Open champion Barbora Krejcikova 7-5, 6-3, putting a pause to her 15-match winning streak.
Barty may have won in straight sets but it was not easy. It was a hard-fought 95-minute encounter against an opponent who had not won a singles grass match draw before Wimbledon. Ons Jabeur’s moved ahead in her historic Wimbledon campaign and beat 2020 French Open champion, Iga Swiatek, 5-7, 6-1, 6-1.
Jabeur never looked back after she shrugged off the first set loss. She broke her 20-year-old opponent in the first game of the second set. That set the tone for the rest of the match. Ons dominated Swiatek, which at one point Swiatek smashed the top of the net angrily with her racquet.
The women’s draw has become very interesting after Serena Williams withdrew from the tournament after suffering an injury. On the men’s side, it might boil down to the legendary duel between Federer and Djokovic again.