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Novak Djokovic beat dangerous Dutchman Tim van Rijthoven in four sets

Novak Djokovic stayed on track for his seventh Wimbledon crown after being tested for his title credentials by Dutch dark horse Tim van Rijthoven.

The top seed was due to start his match at 8pm and it looked like he would not finish before Wimbledon’s 11pm curfew after Van Rijthoven took the second set.

But Djokovic clearly didn’t want to come back on Monday and won 6-2, 4-6, 6-1, 6-2 to set up a quarter-final against young Italian Jannik Sinner.

Clearly, the late finish wasn’t ideal for the 35-year-old, as he pointedly thanked the crowd, and six-time singles champion Billie Jean King, for carrying on the match.

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“Thank you for sticking around for this late end of watching tennis. Thank you Billie Jean for sticking around, I know it’s been a long day,” she said.

“Indoors it takes a bit of time to get used to the conditions, but I finished the match well.

“I don’t know if there was a curfew. There is? Phew! I’m lucky, thank God.

“I remember playing a two-day match with (Rafael) Nadal a few years ago, in the semi-final. It’s never very nice.”

An epic between Jannik Sinner and Carlos Alcaraz could be the start of many blockbuster matchups following a thrilling fourth-round encounter.

An epic between Jannik Sinner and Carlos Alcaraz could be the start of many blockbuster matchups following a thrilling fourth-round encounter.

Sinner advanced to the Wimbledon round of 16 after proving too good for Carlos Alcaraz in a meeting between two of the biggest prospects in the sport.

A breathless start by the Italian saw him seize the initiative and only briefly let it slip against the 19-year-old, who eventually hit his straps but could never find the level that saw him reach the last eight at the US Open and Roland Garros. in the past year.

The 20-year-old Sinner had never won at the All England Club before this summer but converted on his sixth match point to cruise to a 6-1 6-4 6-7 (8-10) 6- 3 in three hours and 35 minutes.

“I think what we showed today is a great level of tennis, a great attitude from both of them,” Sinner said before speaking about whether Center Court had witnessed the start of a Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer style rivalry.

He added: “Hopefully this is the case, but you never know. There are still plenty of other players who are playing amazing tennis.”

“For sure we are the two youngest at the moment, so let’s see. I don’t know what’s going to happen in the future. Yes, I think it’s great for tennis to also have some new names, new players.”

The teenager Alcaraz went 40 minutes without winning a game in the opening stages and admitted he struggled to handle the occasion, but believes he can come back better in 2023.

He said: “I started very nervous. Playing on center court is not easy for me. Jannik could handle it better than me, nerves and pressure I would say.

“But I felt really good here at Wimbledon. I got a lot of experience playing on grass. Now I’m thinking I could be a great player on grass.”

“Next year I hope to play some tournaments earlier here at Wimbledon to adapt my game, to get used to playing here on grass. But I would say I’m going to be a great player here.”

third seed Ons Jabeur she saved five set points in the first-set tiebreak before beating Elise Mertens 7-6 (11-9) 6-4 to reach her second consecutive Wimbledon quarterfinal.

Jabeur will face Marie Bouzkova, with both players attempting to reach their first Grand Slam semifinal.

Marie Bouzkova defeated Caroline Garcia of France to reach the quarterfinals of a Grand Slam tournament for the first time

Marie Bouzkova defeated Caroline Garcia of France to reach the quarterfinals of a Grand Slam tournament for the first time

czech unseeded Bouzková snapped France’s Caroline Garcia’s eight-match winning streak on grass with a 7-5, 6-2 victory to reach her first Grand Slam quarterfinal.

The 66th-ranked Czech had won her only previous match on grass against Garcia, who was considered a contender to win Wimbledon this year after her title run in Bad Homburg and an open women’s draw.

“If you told me before the tournament started that I would be in the quarterfinals, I probably wouldn’t believe you,” Bouzkova said.

“I always try to take it game by game. Ever since the first game it’s been a really tough ride for me. Just to be in the quarters now, it’s something very special for me.”

“I’m really proud that I was able to handle everything the way I have and just enjoy the moment.”

Murray & Williams defeated by British pair in epic mixed doubles

Jamie Murray and Venus Williams are out of the mixed doubles after losing a marathon second-round encounter to the Briton. Jonny O’Mara and Alicia Barnett.

The fledgling partnership had five match points in an epic decider playoff, but ended up losing 18-16.

O’Mara and Barnett eventually converted their fifth match point to seal a 3-6, 6-4, 7-6 (18-16) victory in two hours and 12 minutes.

The loss means Scot Murray and American Williams failed to emulate siblings Andy and Serena, who reached the third round when they teamed up in 2019.

Williams, 42, had not played competitively since last August but applied for a wild card to appear in the Championship for 24 years.

Tsitsipas received the largest joint Wimbledon fine so far

Nick Kyrgios (right) and his opponent Stefanos Tsitsipas were fined for their stormy third-round clash on Saturday night.

Nick Kyrgios (right) and his opponent Stefanos Tsitsipas were fined for their stormy third-round clash on Saturday night.

Stefanos Tsitsipas was fined US$10,000 (£8,260) for unsportsmanlike conduct following his stormy third-round clash with Nick Kyrgios on Saturday.

The Greek received two warnings for hitting the ball recklessly, once in the crowd and once very hard on the backboard with an underarm serve from Kyrgios.

The Australian, who was fined $4,000 (£3,300) for swearing, endlessly appealed to referee Damien Dumusois and other tournament officials to have Tsitsipas declared in absentia for his first offence.

Players can be fined up to $20,000 for an offense of unsportsmanlike conduct, while flagrant abuse can be considered serious offenses and lead to further penalties.

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