Novak Djokovic beats a Dutch wild card to reach his 13th Wimbledon quarterfinal

Six-time winner Novak Djokovic advanced to his 13th quarterfinal at Wimbledon on Sunday. At the same time, injured opponent Roger Federer expressed his desire to compete at the All England Club “one more time.”

Top seed Djokovic beat Dutch wild card Tim van Rijthoven with scores of 6-2, 4-6, 6-1, 6-2 to surpass Pete Sampras’ seven titles. 

“He was incredibly resilient. I’ve never had to deal with him, “Djokovic made this statement after his 25th straight victory on grass. 

He possesses a strong forehand, a fantastic serve, and a wonderful touch. 

The fifth seed Carlos Alcaraz, who was to be Djokovic’s opponent in the Round of 16, was defeated by Jannik Sinner earlier on Sunday. Djokovic has won 20 major tournaments.

With a victory of 6-1, 6-4, 6-7 (8/10), and 6-3, the 20-year-old Italian secured a match against the top seed.

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Sinner, the youngest player in the last eight since Nick Kyrgios in 2014, has never won a match on grass until this Wimbledon.

“Carlos is a kind guy and a formidable foe. Playing him is always a great joy, “Sinner, who had just advanced to the Slam quarterfinals for the third time, remarked thus.

While Alcaraz was left to rue not converting any of his seven break opportunities, Sinner only needed six match points to win.

The play was performed for the first time on a middle Sunday.

Except for a few times when the weather in the first week required a quick planning reset, it has mostly been a day of relaxation.

In honor of the stadium’s 100th anniversary, a parade of champions was held before the action on Center Court.

One of them was eight-time winner Roger Federer, who will not compete in the 2022 competition as he recovers slowly from knee surgery.

Even though he would be approaching his 42nd birthday in 2023, he emphasized that he had intentions to return.

The 20-time Grand Slam champion expressed his ambition to return. I have missed being here.

Federer had another round of knee surgery after losing in the quarterfinals at Wimbledon the previous year.

Federer said, “I knew stepping out here last year that it was going to be a challenging year ahead.

‘Knee rough on me’

“The knee has been hard on me; maybe I didn’t expect it would take this long to recover.”

In this year’s Wimbledon’s longest match, Belgium’s David Goffin upset American Frances Tiafoe in the quarterfinals.

After spending four hours and 36 minutes on Court Two, Goffin—who also reached the quarterfinals in his last tournament debut in 2019—came out on top 7-6 (7/3), 5-7, 6-4, 7-5.

The world number 58 will next take on Britain’s Cameron Norrie, who defeated Tommy Paul 6-4, 7-5, 6-4 to go to a Grand Slam quarterfinal for the first time.

Ons Jabeur, the world’s second-ranked player, kept moving toward a first-ever Slam victory when Iga Swiatek, the women’s top seed, was eliminated on Saturday.

The Tunisian defeated Belgian Elise Mertens 7-6 (11/9), 6-4, to go to the round of eight for the second year in a row.

Jabeur, who will compete against Marie Bouzkova for a semi-final spot, declared her intention to pave the way for Arab and African athletes.

She remarked that I could convey that message to the young people across Africa, not only in my nation.

‘Don’t know how I got here.’

The 66th-ranked player in the world, Bouzkova of the Czech Republic, easily defeated Caroline Garcia of France 7-5, 6-2.

Mother-of-two 15 years after her debut, Tatjana Maria has also advanced to her maiden Slam quarterfinal.

To overcome former French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko, the 34-year-old had to preserve two match points.

The 103rd-ranked Maria hit nine aces and took advantage of Ostapenko’s all-or-nothing strategy to produce 52 wins and 57 unforced mistakes.

The finest thing in the world, according to Maria, who just returned from her second maternity leave, is that it makes her so pleased to be a mother.

Ostapenko said, “She was much inactive today. She was only awaiting my errors.”

To advance to the semi-finals, Maria will compete against fellow German Jule Niemeier, who defeated Heather Watson 6-2, 6-4.