Wimbledon Update

Citi Open's 2021 headliners are tearing up the turf at the All England Club,

where the 2021 Wimbledon Championships are reaching the home stretch.

Denis Shapovalov & Karen Khachanov Play Blockbuster Quarterfinal Today at 8 a.m. EST

Felix Auger-Aliassime Beats Alexander Zverev & Plays Matteo Berrettini around 10 a.m.

Hubert Hurkacz Upsets Daniil Medvedev & Faces Roger Federer around 10:30 a.m.

 

Four of the eight quarterfinalists in the men's singles tournament are Citi Open stars!

Canadian Next-Gen star and world No. 19  Felix Auger-Aliassime earned his spot in the final eight with a stunning fifth set win over two-time Citi Open champion Alexander Zverev, 6-4, 7-6(6), 3-6, 3-6, 6-4, in their fourth-round clash on Monday. The 20-year-old Next Gen star not only came back from 2-4 down in both the first and second sets, he also regrouped to quash a comeback from the German world No. 6 and a rain delay to record his best result, to date, at a Grand Slam.

“It’s a dream come true, I’m just a normal guy from Canada,” said Auger-Aliassime afterward. “It’s the biggest victory of my life, under a closed roof the atmosphere was amazing and I’m living this win with you.”

Under the mentorship of new coach Toni Nadal, Auger-Aliassime's game has dramatically begun to mature. After going 4-6 this spring in the European clay swing, the Canadian now owns a 10-2 winning match record on grass this season, including a victory over Roger Federer in Halle. Next up, Auger-Aliassime faces seventh-seeded Italian Matteo Berrettini today, second on Court No. 1 around 10 a.m. EST. 

Russian world No. 29 Karen Khachanov also reached his first Wimbledon quarterfinal in a tough five-setter, after twice fighting back from a break down in the final set to move past Next-Gen ATP star Sebastian Korda, 3-6, 6-4, 6-3, 5-7, 10-8.

“With the nerves, you have 13 breaks in the fifth set,” said Khachanov after the win. “When you are returning better, you start to read the serves better. Then in the rallies, both of us were more stressed. In the end, the one who dealt better won the match. It was more about this than who played better."

Khachanov next plays Canadian world No. 12 Denis Shapovalov today in a blockbuster All-Citi Open quarterfinal!

Shapovalov is the only player of the four to advance in straight sets. He made quick work of Spain's Roberto Bautista Agut, 6-1, 6-3, 7-5, to reach his second Grand Slam quarterfinal. He reached his first at the 2020 US Open.

And an overnight break helped Miami Open champion and No. 14 seed Hubert Hurkacz, of Poland, rally past Russian world No. 2 and 2019 Citi Open finalist Daniil Medvedev to earn the last quarterfinal berth at Wimbledon today. Hurkacz trailed two sets to one, but held to stay on serve, 4-3, in the fourth, when rain suspended play overnight Monday.

When play resumed, a rejuvenated Hurkacz broke Medvedev's serve, and his spirit, in the opening game and continued to close him out, 2-6, 7-6(2), 3-6, 6-3, 6-3, and book the biggest match of his career.

Today, Hurkacz faces his childhood idol, 20-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer in the featured quarterfinal of the 2021 Championships. They are scheduled to play second on Center Court, around 10:30 a.m. EST.

“Playing Roger on a huge, huge arena, is something special,” said Hurkacz about his upcoming match against Federer. “I enjoy it when a lot of people are coming and enjoying the match, having fun out there. I think that's what I love about the game.

 

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