The two world number 1s are advancing steadily at the expense of Garín and Krejcikova, on a bad day for the Spanish
The number 1 of the world,
Novak Djokovic Y
Ashleigh barty, they comfortably accessed the Wimbledon quarterfinals this Monday at the expense of Chilean Cristian Garín (world number 20) and Barbora Krejcikova (N.17), a round that the Spanish will not tread
Roberto Bautista (N.10) nor
Paula Badosa (N.33).
The Serbian did not meet much resistance from Garín), whom he defeated 6-2, 6-4, 6-2 to advance to the quarterfinals of the London Grand Slam. “I am very happy,” said Djokovic before leaving center court. «I would like this field to become my home because it is the most sacred field. I always have goose bumps here.
The number 1 in the world thus sealed his 34-year-old
11th appearance in Wimbledon quarterfinals and his 50th in Grand Slam tournaments. Djokovic has only lost one set to reach the quarterfinals, in the first round against Britain’s Jack Draper (No. 253, invited). «My confidence level is very high.
Winning Roland Garros has given me wings. I still have a bit to do to adapt my game from clay to grass, but the further the tournament progresses the more comfortable I feel, “he warned.
‘Nole’ aspires to a sixth wound at Wimbledon, which would allow him to equal with 20 Grand Slam titles the record held jointly by Roger Federer (still in contention in the round of 16) and Rafael Nadal (absent).
Before Djokovic’s triumph, Italian Matteo Berrettini (N.9) had also won his match, 6-4, 6-3, 6-1 against Belarusian Ilya Ivashka (N.79). Champion at Queen’s, Berrettini, 25, qualified for the first time in the top eight at Wimbledon and will try to match his best Grand Slam result: the US Open semi-finals in 2019.
On the other hand, Roberto Bautista cannot continue his path on the London grass, losing without achieving a single set against Canadian Denis Shapovalov (N.12). The 22-year-old tennis player beat him 6-1, 6-3, 7-5 and will face Russian Karen Khachanov (No. 29) for a spot in the semifinals.
Sabalenka goes on
In the women’s field, Australia’s Barty beat Krejcikova 7-5, 6-3 and thus reached the quarterfinals at Wimbledon for the first time. The 25-year-old will face compatriot Ajla Tomljanovic (75th) or Britain’s Emma Raducanu (338th) for a place in the semi-finals. Barty had lost in the round of 16 at Wimbledon in 2019 a few weeks after his title at Roland Garros.
The Spanish Badosa could not emulate her and was defeated in her confrontation against the Czech Karolína Muchova (N.22) in two sets 7-6 (8/6), 6-4. Despite his elimination, it was not a bad tournament for Badosa, a brand new quarter-finalist at Roland Garros who reached the Wimbledon round of 16 for the first time this year.
The world number 4 and second seed at Wimbledon, Belarusian Aryna Sabalenka, was another of those who reached the quarterfinals by beating Kazakh Elena Rybakina (N. 20) in three sets. Although she won the first set 6-3, Rybakina recovered and leveled the match taking the second 4-6. Finally Sabalenka asserted his status as a favorite to take the contest with another 6-3 in the third and final set. Of course I am very happy. But this is not my ultimate goal. Now I am happy. But tomorrow it will be another game, “said the 23-year-old tennis player with ambition. In the quarterfinals she will collide with Tunisian Ons Jabeur, 24th in the world, who eliminated Polish Iga Swiatek (N.9) by surprise in three sets: 7-5, 1-6, 6-1.