Auger-Aliassime and Shapovalov are the first men’s group in Canada to enter the quarter-finals of a Grand Slam
Felix Auger-Aliassime and Denis Shapovalov both advanced to the Wimbledon quarter-finals for the first time in an unforgettable day in Canadian men’s tennis.
The two young tennis stars and old friends achieved an impressive fourth round victory in the lawn Grand Slam on Manic Monday.
Auger-Aliassime defeated the fourth-ranked German Alexander Zverev 6-4, 7-6 (6), 3-6, 3-6, 6-4. The Canadian has 17 aces in the game.
Earlier, Shapovalov defeated Roberto Bautista Agut 6-1, 6-3, 7-5.
Auger-Aliassime withstood Zverev’s comeback attempt and won what he called “definitely the best victory of my life.”
“This game really has everything,” Auger-Aliassime said. “I have to dig deeper physically and mentally, and of course it makes it sweeter.”
Watch l Auger-Aliassime defeat Zverev in 5 set losses:
The 20-year-old from Montreal will face Matteo Berrettini next.
After a brief rain early in the fifth set, the game ended under the closed roof of Stadium 1.
In the back and forth game, Auger-Aliassime recovered from the rest of the first and second set, leading 2-0.
However, Auger-Aliassime broke Zverev in the first game of the deciding set and insisted on winning, kneeling to celebrate after the match point.
“My celebration is very honest and sincere,” Auger-Aliassime said. “This is an important milestone for me in my young career.
“You want to play well in the Grand Slam tournaments, especially here. This is my favorite game.”
Auger-Aliassime ranked 16th at Wimbledon and entered the Grand Slam quarter-finals for the first time.
Zverev struggled with serve from start to finish, and ended with 20 double errors.
Watch l Shapovalov beat Bautista Agut in straight sets:
Shapovalov, ranked 10th in the Grass Slam tournament, beat the 8th ranked Bautista Agut with 15 aces and defeated the Spaniard seven times with 13 chances.
“[I] “I played some very high-level tennis today,” Shapovalov said. “It’s really difficult to choose in many things.
“Obviously I was a little nervous in the third set. I think it’s completely normal. I handled it very, very well. Other than that, I played perfectly.”
Shapovalov, from Richmond Hill, Ontario, will face Russia’s No. 25 seed Karen Khachanov. He will also participate in the Wimbledon quarterfinals for the first time.
The two have played against each other once before. Shapovalov defeated Khachanov 6-4, 4-6, 6-4 on the hard court of the 2019 Davis Cup semi-finals.
“Obviously, I am looking forward to a long and hard fight,” Shapovalov said. “He is a great player, Karen. He has proven himself time and time again, he can beat top players and play very well.”
39-year-old Federer returns to Wimbledon quarterfinals
Roger Federer defeated Lorenzo Sonego in straight sets and became the oldest man to enter the Wimbledon quarterfinals in the Open era.
The eight-time Wimbledon champion needed two attempts to play the first set, but after that he was never threatened again, winning 7-5, 6-4, 6-2 on Centre Court.
The 39-year-old Federer broke the quarter-final age record held by Ken Rosewall, who was only 39 years old when he reached the quarterfinals in 1974.
This is the 18th time Federer has gone so far in the All England Club and expanded his record.
Djokovic participated in the newcomers parade
Novak Djokovic reached his 12th Wimbledon quarter-finals, tied with the 117-year lead of Arthur Gore, and a team of freshmen also reached the finals Quarterfinals.
Men’s starters also included Italian Matteo Berettini, Hungarian Matton Fusovic, Shapovalov and Khachanov.
The first female players to qualify for the Wimbledon quarter-finals include No. 1 seed Ash Barty, No. 2 Aryna Sabalenka of Belarus, Tunisian Ons Jabeur and Karolina Plíšková of the Czech Republic.
Gore first participated in Wimbledon in 1888. Djokovic made his debut in 2005, and they rank third in men’s history for most men’s quarterfinal seats, second only to Roger Federer at 18 and Jimmy Conners at 14.
“It is an honor to be able to break the record for the sport I really love,” Djokovic said. “I am committed to this sport, just like I think anyone on the tour. I just try to do my best.”
No. 7 seed Berrettini defeated Ilia Ivasca 6-4, 6-3, 6-1, becoming the first Italian to enter the quarterfinals of Wimbledon in 23 years.
Batty terminates Kre?kova’s winning streak
The 29-year-old unseeded player defeated No. 5 Andrei Rublev 6-3, 4-6, 4-6, 6-0, 6-3, becoming the first since 1948 The Hungarian who reached Wimbledon men’s quarter-finals.
Jabeur defeated the 2020 French Open champion Iga Swiatek 5-7, 6-1, 6-1, becoming the first Arab woman to enter the quarter-finals. The 21st seed Jabr converted all seven break point opportunities.
Barty has not yet performed her best in the tournament, but she is a popular candidate to win the second Grand Slam championship. The Australian won the 2019 French Open Championship and won the Wimbledon Women’s Singles Championship in 2011.
“I like to come here and compete with the best players in the world,” Batty said to the crowd. “And there must be no place where I would rather stay now.”
Sabalenka defeated Rebakina 6-3, 4-6, 6-3 and won her first place in the Grand Slam quarter-finals. Plíšková is the No. 8 seed. After hitting 10 aces and knocking out Lyudmila Samsonova 6-2 and 6-3, he has now reached the quarter-finals of every major.
Carolina Mucova, ranked 19th, defeated Paula Bardoza, ranked 30th, 7-6 (6), 6-4, and entered Wimbledon for the second consecutive year.
Gauff, Keys are eliminated
Coco Gauff’s Wimbledon race ended again in the fourth round.
The 17-year-old American lost to former Wimbledon champion Angelique Kerber 6-4 and 6-4 on Centre Court.
This is the second time she has lost at this stage after achieving breakthrough results in the All England Club in 2019.
Kerber defeated Gauff at a critical moment, converted four of the five break points she created, and saved four of the six break points she faced.
“But he is such a great and talented young player,” Kober said. “I’m really sure she will have a great career.”
Kerber won the Wimbledon Championship in 2018 and is the only remaining former champion in the women’s draw.
The 23rd-seeded American Madison Keys was also eliminated, losing to Victoria Golubich 7-6 (3), 6-3.