Here comes Novak! The players are out for the final match on Court 1. It could be a humdinger. Karen Khachanov has the strength to blow anyone off court on his day. But it’s going to be tough for the young Russian to outlast one of the legends of the sport. Djokovic is bound to be in a hurry to finish this as soon as possible. He won’t have long before the light fades.
A snippet from Serena Williams’s press conference.
Q. The women’s final coincides with Donald Trump’s visit to Britain. If you are in the final, would it be a concern at all if he were to come in light of the boorish comments he’s made about women in sport?
SERENA WILLIAMS: I don’t know what comments he’s made about women in sport. But I feel like he has the right to do whatever he wants to do. If he wants to come to a Wimbledon final, he has that right. I hope I’ll be there. I don’t know. I still have a lot of matches to win. For me, I can’t even think that far. I’m just thinking one at a time.
Kevin Anderson beats Gael Monfils 7-6 (4), 7-6 (2), 5-7, 7-6 (4)!
That roaring you can hear in Serbian is coming from Novak Djokovic, who’s leaping around the locker room as a backhand volley from Anderson lands just inside the line. Court 1 is finally free for Djokovic and Karen Khachanov. As for Anderson, he’ll be delighted. He survived a mid-match wobble and held his nerve in three tie-breaks to reach his first Wimbledon quarter-final. The eighth seed and former US Open finalist will play Roger Federer next.
The mixed doubles match Jamie Murray (GBR)/Victoria Azarenka (BLR) (30) and Robert Farah (COL)/Anna-Lena Groenefeld (GER) has been moved to Centre Court. What do you think about that, Novak? Djokovic, as it happens, has only been given a Centre Court slot once so far. He’s also played on Court 2. I’m sure he’ll be amused if his match doesn’t finish tonight.
Rafa Nadal walks off to a huge cheer from the Centre Court crowd. Elsewhere Gael Monfils and Kevin Anderson have gone to a fourth-set tie-break. Novak Djokovic will be desperate for Anderson to win this one.
Rafael Nadal beats Jiri Vesely 6-3, 6-3, 6-4!
Nadal didn’t have to wait long. He earns a third opportunity and this time Vesely plonks a backhand wide to send Nadal into the last eight for the first time since 2011. This was as straightforward as it gets. Nadal was never losing this one. He will play the winner of the match between Juan Martin del Potro and Gilles Simon on Wednesday. Speaking of which, Del Potro has won a first-set tie-break on Court 2, taking it 7-1.
Rafael Nadal is hunting down victory; he leads 6-3, 6-3, 5-4 on Centre Court. A big serve from Jiri Vesely saves a match point. A forehand error gives Nadal another chance. This time Vesely slams an ace down the middle. Over on Court 1, meanwhile, Gael Monfils has held to lead 6-5 in the fourth set.
Gael Monfils holds comfortably enough to lead 5-4 in the fourth set on Court 1. Kevin Anderson will serve to keep it alive. Novak Djokovic’s impatience grows. At least it isn’t going to rain, Novak.
Gilles Simon is continuing to prod Juan Martin del Potro. The Frenchman holds to lead 6-5 in the first set. Don’t rule out an upset on Court 2.
Juan Martin del Potro is seriously irritable today. He almost thinks about breaking another racket after losing another point, only to think better of it. Gilles Simon holds to lead 5-4 in the first set on Court 2.
Gael Monfils saves a break point and holds in slightly unconvincing fashion. He leads 3-2 in the fourth set and Kevin Anderson’s frustration is building. This one’s dragging on, which isn’t great news for Novak Djokovic and Karen Khachanov.
Juan Martin del Potro receives a code violation for throwing his racket to the ground in a fit of pique. He was annoyed himself for teeing Gilles Simon up for an easy volley.
Juan Martin del Potro’s lying on his backside, but he isn’t hurt, he’s just a bit upset he hasn’t broken Gilles Simon. He’s had chances. This is an entertaining match.
On Court 2, Juan Martin Del Potro is being posed a few problems by the tricky Gilles Simon. The fifth seed saves a break point with a stunning drop shot. Simon earns another and Del Potro saves it with a backhand down the line. This has been a long, tense game. Del Potro eventually slaps a forehand away to hold for 3-3 in the first set.
Jiri Vesely is woefully out of his depth against Rafael Nadal, who breaks again to win the second set and lead 6-3, 6-3 on Centre Court. It’s been a non-event there today.
Hopefully the BBC get him to do Novak Djokovic’s quarter-final.
Gael Monfils gets there in the end! He has made some inroads on Kevin Anderson’s serve today and a break at the right time pulls him back into the match on Court 1. Anderson leads 7-6, (4), 7-6 (2), 7-5.
Jiri Vesely dumps a dismal backhand long to hand Rafa Nadal three break points. Nadal rips a forehand winner past the Czech to break for a 6-3, 3-2 and leaps into a celebratory fist bump that feels a bit over the top given how the one-sided nature of this match.
Juan Martin del Potro and Gilles Simon have emerged for the final match of the day on Court 2. I suspect there will be a lot of important people secretly hoping for a Del Potro win. That would probably set up a quarter-final with Rafa Nadal, who’s cruising along against Jiri Vesely on Centre Court.
Gael Monfils breaks and serves for the third set at 5-3 against Kevin Anderson. He goes 30-0 up, plays a series of awful points and loses the game. Marion Bartoli is having a quiet chuckle to herself.
All very predictable on Centre Court. Rafa Nadal has won the first set 6-3 against Jiri Vesely. If England weren’t in a World Cup semi-final, I’d think it was 2010 again.
Kei Nishikori beats Ernests Gulbis 4-6, 7-6 (4), 7-6 (10), 6-1!
It was a battle for three sets, but Gulbis had nothing left to give after going behind. His movement has been restricted since that heavy fall during the second tie-break and the fourth set has been a doddle for Nishikori, who earns two more match points with a precise forehand. Gulbis has had enough. He batters a forehand return long and Nishikori is through to his first Wimbledon quarter-final. He’ll face Novak Djokovic or Karen Khachanov next.
Ernests Gulbis saves a match point before whacking a couple of aces past Kei Nishikori to hold. The problem for the Latvian is that Nishikori is about to serve for the match at 5-1 in the fourth set.
John Isner is through to his first Wimbledon quarter-final. The towering American has beaten Stefanos Tsitsipas 6-4, 7-6 (8), 7-6 (4) and will look to win some tie-breaks against Milos Raonic next.
Manic Monday doesn’t feel very manic. Let’s call it Mildly Diverting Monday. Rafa Nadal has broken early on against double-faulting Jiri Vesely.
In shock news, Kevin Anderson has won another tie-break. The No8 seed leads Gael Monfils 7-6 (4), 7-6 (2). He’s a set away from a quarter-final with Roger Federer.
Ernests Gulbis is back on Court 2, but the Latvian’s challenge is fading. Kei Nishikori leads 4-6, 7-6, 7-6, 2-0.
This feels like a very optimistic answer from Roger Federer.
Not to get ahead of ourselves, but on the final there’s a potential clash with the World Cup final. Obviously England potentially could get through the semi-final and be playing at the same time as perhaps yourself on Sunday. Would you be concerned about the fact people can watch simultaneously the World Cup match, be reacting to that, while in Centre Court? Would it detract from the atmosphere?
ROGER FEDERER: Well, it’s going to happen anyway, if I’m going in the final or not, the Wimbledon final will take place, and so will the World Cup final (smiling). I’m more concerned the World Cup final will have issues because the Wimbledon final is going on. They’ll hear every point, Wow, Love-15, 15-30. The players are going to look up in the crowd and not understand what’s going on at Wimbledon. That’s how important Wimbledon is to me and to us over here. Maybe you should ask the questions over in Russia, how they’re going to feel about Wimbledon being played at the same time, so…
The third match has started on Centre Court. Rafa Nadal leads 1-0 in his head-to-head with Jiri Vesely, the world No93 and another left-hander.
Gulbis has disappeared for more treatment. It’s a shame he isn’t any good more often. He’s so watchable.
At the 147th time of asking, Kei Nishikori takes the tie-break when Ernests Gulbis nets a backhand pass. Nishikori leads 4-6, 7-6 (5), 7-6 (12). Gulbis has the trainer back on.
Now it’s Gulbis’s turn to waste a set point. He fires a forehand wide at the end of a magnificent rally. This is an absolute farce.
Nishikori earns a set point. He nets a forehand. Get these two off.
Gulbis earns a set point. On his serve. Does he:
A) Batter a serve past Nishikori
B) Net a drop shot
There are no prizes for getting it right.
Facing a second set point, Gulbis slaps a backhand down the line. Oh Kei! He’s got one good knee!
Good Gulbis disappears, Bad Gulbis returns. He whacks a backhand long to give Nishikori a set point. But he saves it with a big serve.
Ernests Gulbis returns to Court 2 with heavy strapping on his left knee after his medical timeout. Down 5-2 in the tie-break, he then wins the next three points. Oh Kei! How could you!
Kevin Anderson has also seen the trainer on Court 1. The South African’s a break down in the second set to Gael Monfils, who lost the first set on a tie-break.
Over on Court 2, Ernests Gulbis is receiving treatment after hurting his left knee during the third-set tie-break with Kei Nishikori. The Latvian, who suffered a heavy fall behind the baseline, has had to leave the court. Nishikori leads 5-2 in the tie-break. They split the first two set.
The women’s quarter-finals are all set for tomorrow:
- Dominika Cibulkova v Jelena Ostapenko (12)
- Daria Kasatkina (14) v Angelique Kerber (11)
- Kiki Bertens (20) v Julia Goerges (13)
- Serena Williams (25) v Camila Giorgi
Serena Williams beats Evgeniya Rodina 6-2, 6-2!
A big backhand from left to right finishes off Rodina. Williams, the 25th seed, is through to a quarter-final against Italy’s Camila Giorgi. Can she be stopped? She hit 30 winners and 10 aces today.
Serena Williams is almost there. She leads 6-2, 5-2 against Evgeniya Rodina.
We’re a set away from a quarter-final between Milos Raonic and John Isner. One for the purists.
The last singles match of the day on Court 12 is done. Milos Raonic is through to the last eight again after beating Mackenzie MacDonald 6-3 6-4, 5-7 (5), 6-2. There could be a few big servers in the next round. Kevin Anderson, the eighth seed, has taken the first set 7-6 (4) against Gael Monfils on Court 1 and John Isner, the ninth seed, leads 6-4, 7-6 (8) against Stefanos Tsitsipas.
Serena Williams leads Evgeniya Rodina by a set and a break on Centre Court, where it’s been very tepid today. Over on Court 12, Milos Raonic is pulling away from Mackenzie MacDonald in the fourth set.
Gael Monfils responded to being broken by Kevin Anderson by breaking back. It’s 5-5 in the first set on Court 1. I admit my attention rather drifted away from this match after Anderson broke. I made the mistake of assuming there was no way back against the big-serving South African.
Evgeniya Rodina is limping a bit, which is problematic given that she’s playing Serena Williams. A double-fault from the Russian makes it 0-30. Then she pings a backhand wind to hand Williams three set points. Another double-fault is greeted by a sigh from the low-intensity crowd on Centre Court. Williams takes the set 6-2. Rodina disappears for a comfort break.
On Court 1, a double-fault from Gael Monfils gifts a break to Kevin Anderson, who leads 4-3 in the first set. The second serve from Monfils was miles out.
Daria Kasatkina beats Alison van Uytvanck 6-7, (8), 6-3, 6-2!
A match that proves it’s always worth fighting, even when the situation looks bleak. Daria Kasatkina trailed the unseeded Belgian by a set and a break but she hung in there long enough to earn a quarter-final with Angelique Kerber.
Alert! Alert! Malfunction! System malfunction! The MilosBot 3000 has just lost a tie-break. But he still leads the USA’s Mackenzie MacDonald 6-3, 6-4, 6-7 (5) on Court 12.
A fast start from Serena Williams on Centre Court, where she already has a break against Evgeniya Rodina. This could be a doddle. For drama, then, perhaps we should go to Court 2, where Kei Nishikori has levelled his match against Ernests Gulbis after winning the second-set tie-break. A firm backhand down the line from the 24th seed did the trick.
Kei Nishikori has forced a second-set tie-break against Ernests Gulbis, who won the first set. Over on Court 3, meanwhile, ninth seed John Isner has won the first set 6-4 against the Greek youngster Stefanos Tsitsipas.
Serena Williams and Evgeniya Rodina walk out on Centre Court. Rodina has already beaten one American, but she’s likely to face Williams tougher than Madison Keys. The subplot here is that this is a match between two mothers.
Angelique Kerber beats Belinda Bencic 6-3, 7-6 (5)!
An entertaining match draws to a close as Kerber edges a tight tie-break. The highest seed left in the women’s draw is through to the last eight and awaits the winner of the match between Alison van Uytvanck and Daria Kasatakina. Kerber, seeded 11th, will fancy her chances. She knows how to win a grand slam, unlike most of the women still around.
Roger Federer has won 32 consecutive sets at Wimbledon. He needs two more to equal his record from 2005-06. He also hasn’t been broken since last year’s semi-final against Tomas Berdych.
Roger Federer beats Adrian Mannarino 6-0, 7-5, 6-4!
An immense struggle for the top seed. He must be exhausted. He’ll need a long ice bath after this one.
Roger Federer has broken in the third set in the epic on Centre Court. He leads Adrian Mannarino 6-0, 7-5, 5-4 and will serve for his quarter-final spot.
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