Start of the round of 16 this Sunday in London. A first “Sunday open” in history, notably marked by the qualifications of Jannick Sinner and Ons Jabeur…. and the appearance of a certain Roger Federer.
The shock of the new generation
It was the Italian Jannick Sinner, 20, who dominated the Spaniard Carlos Alcaraz, 19 (6-1, 6-4, 6-7 (8/10), 6-3) in the round of 16. Impressive in service and in return, the Italian stifled the Spanish prodigy. The 13th player in the world, more enterprising than his 19-year-old opponent, never conceded a break and administered to the 7th in the world his fifth defeat of the season. Sinner will play his first quarter at Wimbledon on Tuesday, 3e in a Grand Slam.
The blue disappointment
Lyonnaise Caroline Garcia, winner in Bad Homburg just before Wimbledon, who had won her last eight matches, was stopped this Sunday by the surprising Czech, Marie Bouzkova, 66e world, very impressive in defense 7-5, 6-2. The Lyonnaise, too irregular (24 unforced errors against only 4 for her opponent) will not play her first quarter-final in London. Harmony Tan and Alizé Cornet will represent the last French hopes on Monday.
The first British time
While playing this Sunday, his first 8e in the Grand Slam final, Cameron Norrie did the job by dominating the American Tommy Paul in three sets, 6-4, 7-4, 6-4. The 12e world player will play his first Grand Slam quarter-final on Tuesday.
With the elimination of the world number one Iga Swiatek, the Tunisian Ons Jabeur, world number two, assumed her rank this Sunday by dominating the Belgian Elise Mertens 7-6 (11-9), 6-4. She will be the favorite against the Czech Marie Bouzkova, Caroline Garcia’s faller at the start of the day.
German first times
Will they succeed Angelique Kerber, crowned in 2018? The Germans Jule Niemeier (97th in the world) and Tatjana Maria (103rd) will in any case meet on Tuesday for a place in the last four. Niemeier, 22, who is only playing his second Grand Slam tournament, was right on Center Court the Briton Heather Watson (109th) 6-2, 6-4. Fallen in the previous round of Maria Sakkari, Tatjana Maria, 34, defeated the Latvian Jelena Ostapenko (17th) 5-7, 7-5, 7-5. She had never previously passed the third round in a Grand Slam.
«There were a lot of people who didn’t believe in me because when you have kids, automatically people think ‘OK, she had a kid, so it’s over’“said Tajtana Maria who paused her career twice at the birth of her two children. Resilient, the 34-year-old German player, back on the courts for a year, qualified this Sunday for her first Grand Slam quarter-final.
David Goffin overcame Frances Tiafoé after a superb fight which lasted 4h36 minutes (7–6(3), 5–7, 5–7, 6–4, 7–5). Either the longest match since the start of the tournament. Led two sets to one and (15-40) in the eleventh game of the fifth set, the 31-year-old Liégeois picked up and went for the victory on the American’s serve in the next game. The 58e world qualifies for the second time in his career in the quarter-finals of the London Grand Slam (after 2019, defeat against Djokovic) and will face the local Cameron Norrie.
Appearance and meeting
Roger Federer, who has not played in competition since his elimination last year in the quarter-finals of the London Grand Slam because of his injured knee, made a remarkable appearance this Sunday, at the occasion of the ceremony of the 100 years of the Center Court which brought together the former winners. “I hope to come back again“Blowed the eight-time winner of the tournament who exchanged on the court with his executioner of the 2019 final Novak Djokovic, before finding his old accomplice Rafael Nadal.
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