Following a rest day yesterday, Wimbledon enters its second week today, with Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic and British teenager Emma Raducanu all taking to the grass at the All England Club.
Eight-time champion Federer, who defeated Briton Cameron Norrie in the third round on Saturday, will take on Italy’s Lorenzo Sonego on Centre Court, after defending champion Djokovic faces Cristian Garin of Chile. Between those two encounters, teenage star Coco Gauff plays 2018 title-winner and former world No 1 Angelique Kerber.
And Gauff isn’t the only teenager getting her kicks in SW19 today. Over on No 1 Court, British 18-year-old Raducanu – who stunned Sorana Cirstea in the third round two days ago – is up against Ajla Tomljanovic. That match marks the third interesting meeting on the court today, following world No 1 Ashleigh Barty’s clash with French Open winner Krejcikova, and No 4 men’s seed Alexander Zverev’s contest with Felix Auger-Aliassime.
Also bidding for a place in the quarter-finals are last year’s French Open champion Iga Swiatek, No 2 seed Aryna Sabalenka and – in the men’s draw – Daniil Medvedev, Matteo Berrettini, Andrey Rublev and 20-year-old Sebastian Korda, who has already eliminated British No 1 Dan Evans. Follow live updates from Wimbledon below.
WIMBLEDON 2021: GAUFF NOT FEELING ANY PRESSURE
In 2019, it was Coco Gauff who enjoyed a spectacular breakthrough at Wimbledon. Still only 17 years old, she remains the youngest player in either singles draw and has played magnificently so far, revelling in her return to Centre Court. This afternoon, Gauff faces her toughest challenge of the tournament yet when she takes on 2018 champion Angelique Kerber, but she insists she is feeling no pressure.
“I think, to be honest, I’m just going to go out there and play free,” said Gauff. “I don’t feel any pressure on myself. I haven’t felt any pressure on myself at all. My dad told me that I matched my result from 2019 so now should just be being able to play even freer.”
“I mean, [Kerber] is a really nice person off the court. I remember when she won Wimbledon. I don’t know, I guess it was a win that a lot of people weren’t expecting at the time. I mean, she did it. She obviously knows what it takes to win at this level. She also had a great win last week in Germany.
“I know it’s going to be a tough match. She’s going to make a lot of balls in the court, make a lot of good shots. She’s a great player. I’m just going to go out there and try my best, hopefully come out on top.”
WIMBLEDON 2021: DJOKOVIC EYES IMPROVEMENTS
Novak Djokovic defeated Denis Kudla in straight sets in his third-round match but was not delighted by his performance. The defending champion will open the day’s play on Centre Court at 1.30pm.
“Kudla fought well. He played well, I thought, from the beginning. Until the last game of the first set I thought we were pretty even,” he said. “I won, I think, four games in a row, something like that, started playing better. I mixed it up.
“I had to slow down the pace in the game because he was really handling well the ball, the flat ball, from the back of the court. He has a really good balance. I think his backhand and forehand as well, pretty flat. He moves around pretty well on the surface. He’s a really good player.
“I, myself, from the other side, I can’t say that I’m too pleased with the way I performed. I felt like today I was a bit off, especially with serving.
“Usually my serve worked really well in the first two matches, and generally my serve is a weapon. It wasn’t today. But it is what it is. I don’t want to talk about negatives. I just won in straight sets. Honestly, I think I can play better. I hopefully will do in the next round.”
WIMBLEDON 2021: RADUCANU’S THIRD-ROUND VICTORY
Raducanu had played just one main WTA Tour event prior to Wimbledon and suffered defeat in the first round. Last week, she showed she can hold her own with some of the sport’s very best, despite her age and inexperience. Her coach claimed the “sky is the limit” and victory over world No 45 Sorana Cirstea showed why.
WIMBLEDON 2021: ORDER OF PLAY
13:30: (1) Novak Djokovic (Srb) v (17) Cristian Garin (Chi); (20) Coco Gauff (USA) v (25) Angelique Kerber (Ger); (6) Roger Federer (Sui) v (23) Lorenzo Sonego (Ita)
13:00: (1) Ashleigh Barty (Aus) v (14) Barbora Krejcikova (Cze); (16) Felix Auger-Aliassime (Can) v (4) Alexander Zverev (Ger); Emma Raducanu (Gbr) v Ajla Tomljanovic (Aus)
11:00: (7) Iga Swiatek (Pol) v (21) Ons Jabeur (Tun); Marton Fucsovics (Hun) v (5) Andrey Rublev (Rus); (14) Hubert Hurkacz (Pol) v (2) Daniil Medvedev (Rus)
11:00: (18) Elena Rybakina (Kaz) v (2) Aryna Sabalenka (Blr); (10) Denis Shapovalov (Can) v (8) Roberto Bautista Agut (Spa); (3) Juan Sebastian Cabal (Col) & Robert Farah (Col) v (16) Max Purcell (Aus) & Luke Saville (Aus); (4) Edouard Roger-Vasselin (Fra) & Nicole Melichar (USA) v Nick Kyrgios (Aus) & Venus Williams (USA)
11:00: (14) Raven Klaasen (Rsa) & Ben McLachlan (Jpn) v Jeremy Chardy (Fra) & Fabrice Martin (Fra); Caroline Dolehide (USA) & Storm Sanders (Aus) v (13) Nadiia Kichenok (Ukr) & Raluca Olaru (Rom); Andrey Golubev (Kaz) & Robin Haase (Ned) v Simone Bolelli (Ita) & Maximo Gonzalez (Arg); Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi (Pak) & Nadiia Kichenok (Ukr) v (6) Ivan Dodig (Cro) & Latisha Chan (Tpe)
11:00: Caroline Dolehide (USA) & Storm Sanders (Aus) v Andreea Mitu (Rom) & Monica Niculescu (Rom), Marton Fucsovics (Hun) & Stefano Travaglia (Ita) v (6) Rajeev Ram (USA) & Joe Salisbury (Gbr), Misak Doi (Jpn) & Viktorija Golubic (Sui) v (3) Su-Wei Hsieh (Tpe) & Elise Mertens (Bel)
11:00: Mona Barthel (Ger) & Julia Wachaczyk (Ger) v Aleksandra Krunic (Srb) & Nina Stojanovic (Srb), Veronika Kudermetova (Rus) & Elene Vesnina (Rus) v Bethanie Mattek-Sands (USA) & Sania Mirza (Ind), Simone Bolelli (Ita) & Maximo Gonazalez (Arg) v (11) Henri Kontinen (Fin) & Edouard Roger-Vasselin (Fra), (5) Rajeev Ram (USA) & Bethanie Mattek-Sands (USA) v Nicholas Monroe (USA) & Renata Voracova (Cze)
11:00: Tomislav Brkic (Bih) & Nikola Cacic (Cro) v (15) Marcus Daniell (Nzl) & Philipp Oswald (Aut), (14) Asia Muhammad (USA) & Jessica Pegula (USA) v Lyudmyla Kichenok (Ukr) & Makoto Niomiya (Jpn), (16) Marie Bouzkova (Cze) & Luice Hradecka (Cze) v Anna Blinkova (Rus) & Anna-Lena Friedsman (Ger), Luke Bambridge (Gbr) & Asia Muhammad (USA) v (7) Neal Skupski (Gbr) & Desirae Krawczyk (USA)
11:00: (7) Matteo Berrettini (Ita) v Ilya Ivashka (Blr), (8) Karolina Pliskova (Cze) v Ludmilla Samsonova (Rus); (30) Paula Badosa Gibert (Spa) v (19) Karolina Muchova (Cze); (15) Ben McLachlan (Jpn) & Ena Shibahara (Jpn) v Oliver Marach (Aut) & Lyudmyla Kichenok (Ukr)
11:00: Harriet Dart (Gbr) & Heather Watson (Gbr) v (7) Hao-Ching Chan (Tpe) & Latisha Chan (Tpe); (1) Nikola Mektic (Cro) & Mate Pavic (Cro) v Tomislav Brkic (Bih) & Nikola Cacic (Ser); Andrei Vasilevski (Blr) & Arina Rodionova (Aus) v (16) Marcus Daniell (Nzl) & Sharon Fichman (Can)
11:00: Aleksandra Krunic (Ser) & Nina Stojanovic (Ser) v (9) Sharon Fichman (Can) & Giuliana Olmos (Mex); Ariel Behar (Uru) & Gonzalo Escobar (Ecu) v (6) Rajeev Ram (USA) & Joe Salisbury (Gbr); (1) Barbora Krejcikova (Cze) & Katerina Siniakova (Cze) v Anna Kalinskaya (Rus) & Yulia Putintseva (Kaz); Joe Salisbury (Gbr) & Harriet Dart (Gbr) v (3) Wesley Koolhof (Ned) & Demi Schuurs (Ned)
11:00: (5) Shuko Aoyama (Jpn) & Ena Shibahara (Jpn) v (11) Laura Siegemund (Ger) & Vera Zvonareva (Rus); Lloyd Glasspool (Gbr) & Harri Heliovaara (Fin) v (8) Lukasz Kubot (Pol) & Marcelo Melo (Bra); (16) Marie Bouzkova (Cze) & Lucie Hradecka (Cze) v Varvara Gracheva (Rus) & Oksana Kalashnikova (Geo); (12) Cori Gauff (USA) & Catherine McNally (USA) v Veronika Kudermetova (Rus) & Elena Vesnina (Rus)
11:00: Oliver Marach (Aut) & Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi (Pak) v (4) Marcel Granollers (Spa) & Horacio Zeballos (Arg); (14) Asia Muhammad (USA) & Jessica Pegula (USA) v (3) Su-Wei Hsieh (Tpe) & Elise Mertens (Bel); (11) John Peers (Aus) & Shuai Zhang (Chn) v Roman Jebavy (Cze) & Marketa Vondrousova (Cze); (12) Fabrice Martin (Fra) & Alexa Guarachi (Chi) v Arthur Fery (Gbr) & Tara Moore (Gbr)
WIMBLEDON 2021: DAY SEVEN
Welcome to The Independent’s live coverage as day seven at Wimbledon gets underway.
Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer, Ashleigh Barty and British teenager Emma Raducanu are all in action on what promises to be the most thrilling day of the Championships yet and, after rain slowed progress on the outside courts last week, today there is perfect sunshine over SW19.
Djokovic had dropped just one set in the tournament so far and faces No 17 seed Cristian Garin on Centre Court. The pair have played each other just once before with Djokovic cruising to a straight sets victory. That will be followed by a thrilling match between Coco Gauff and 2018 champion Angelique Kerber before Federer faces No 23 seed Lorenzo Sonego.
It is rare for Federer to not be the main spectacle but many eyes will instead be fixed on Court One this afternoon where 18-year-old Raducanu returns after her spectacular victory against Sorana Cirstea. The Briton now takes on Ajla Tomljanovic, who came through a fiery contest against Jelena Ostapenko in the previous round.
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