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Felix Auger-Aliassime delivered 17 aces while recording a 6-4, 7-6 (6), 3-6, 3-6, 6-4 upset of fourth-seeded Alexander Zverev of Germany on Monday to reach the quarterfinals at Wimbledon in London.
The 20-year-old Canadian had 54 winners against 51 unforced errors at the All England Club to reach a Grand Slam quarterfinal for the first time in his career.
“It’s a dream come true, I’m just a normal guy from Montreal, Canada,” the 16th-seeded Auger-Aliassime said. “It’s the biggest victory of my life, under a closed roof. The atmosphere was amazing.”
Auger-Aliassime won the first two sets before Zverev recovered to make it a match. Zverev held a 3-2 lead in the third set before Auger-Aliassime won four of the final five matches to win in four hours and seven minutes.
“It was super difficult, knowing I have never beaten him, let alone won a set against Alex,” Auger-Aliassime said. “When he started to come back I really needed to dig deep and without the fans it would have been a lot tougher.”
Zverev had nine aces and 47 winners but committed 42 unforced errors and 20 double faults.
Auger-Aliassime will next oppose seventh-seeded Italian Matteo Berrettini, who rolled to a 6-4, 6-3, 6-1 triumph over Ilya Ivashka of Belarus. Berrettini had 37 winners against 25 unforced errors.
Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer advance in 2021 Wimbledon men’s draw
Top-seeded Novak Djokovic of Serbia cruised to a 6-2, 6-4, 6-2 win over 17th-seeded Cristian Garin of Chile to reach the quarterfinals at Wimbledon for the 12th time. He also joins Roger Federer (58) as the only males to reach 50 Grand Slam quarterfinals.
Djokovic had nine aces and 28 winners against 23 unforced errors as he continues his pursuit of his sixth Wimbledon title.
“Today was a very solid performance from the first to last point. I was mentally present. I was serving much better, using the court well,” Djokovic said. “Cristian played for his first time on Centre Court. You could see he was nervous, making a lot of unforced errors at the beginning of the match, which gave me an opportunity to win the first set comfortably.”
Djokovic will next face Hungary’s Marton Fucsovics, who registered a 6-3, 4-6, 4-6, 6-0, 6-3 victory over fifth-seeded Russian Andrey Rublev. Fucsovics is the first Hungarian to reach the quarterfinals at Wimbledon since Jozsef Asboth in 1948.
“From the beginning, I had a very good feeling on the court,” Fucsovics said of the victory. “I was serving well. I was moving very well. I hit the ball very well. I hit a lot of winners, so I was very confident.”
The sixth-seeded Roger Federer reached the Wimbledon quarterfinals for the 18th time to extend his own record. He swept Lorenzo Sonego of Italy 7-5, 6-4, 6-2.
Federer, an eight-time Wimbledon champ from Switzerland, had 32 winners and 26 unforced errors in the victory.
“I’m extremely happy. Tricky conditions inside and outside against Lorenzo, always dangerous,” Federer said. “But I felt like after that first set, I was able to control things. It was a great match. I couldn’t be more excited to be in the quarters. It’s a big moment and I’m very, very happy.”
Federer will face either second-seeded Russian Daniil Medvedev or 14th-seeded Hubert Hurkacz of Poland in the quarterfinals. Medvedev was leading 6-2, 6-7 (2), 6-3, 3-4 when play was suspended due to rain and the match will be completed on Tuesday.
No. 10 seed Denis Shapovalov made it two Canadians in the quarters as he posted a 6-1, 6-3, 7-5 win over eighth-seeded Roberto Bautista Agut of Spain.
Shapovalov will face 25th-seed Russian Karen Khachanov, who outlasted American Sebastian Korda 3-6, 6-4, 6-3, 5-7, 10-8.
–Field Level Media