GAME, SET AND MATCH! – TOMLJANOVIC 1-6 3-6 BARTY
It’s all over! The top seed convincingly prevails in the all-Aussie battle as she serves it out with an ace on her second match point to ease to victory in one hour and six minutes. Ash will now play 2018 winner, Angie Kerber in the last four. Karolina Pliskova takes on Aryna Sabalenka in the other semi on Thursday afternoon.
BREAK! – TOMLJANOVIC 1-6 3-5 BARTY
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So close! Tomljanovic seems to be in charge at 30-15 with a very different demeanour about her. However, she nets a volley from close-in at 30-30 and then rifles long of the baseline as she pushes too hard to try and make things happen for herself. It’s another break and Barty will now serve for the match.
BREAK! – TOMLJANOVIC 1-6 3-4 BARTY
Hold the phone! Barty gets a touch tight and hammers a crosscourt forehand attempt into the net. It comes on break point and suddenly the Croatian-born Aussie has a glimmer of hope.
TOMLJANOVIC 1-6 2-4 BARTY
Just as it threatens to run away from the underdog, she finds real clutch serving. From break point she thunders down a pair of aces before another big serve claims a hold that keeps her in this contest at the very least for a little bit longer.
TOMLJANOVIC 1-6 1-4 BARTY
Too good. Not even a double fault can give Ajla the boost she needs to try and make a real match of this. The world number one slams down an ace to take charge and finishes with an off-balance forehand that loops short of her opponent’s reach.
BREAK! - TOMLJANOVIC 1-6 1-3 BARTY
That’s a real sickener for the world number 75. Barty just won’t give her space to breathe. Even at 40-15 she’s not safe. Ash presses to deuce and then really applies the squeeze. Tomljanovic manages to fend off two break points but hits too big on the third and drills long of the baseline. Barty is on the charge and looks all set to get this done with the minimum of fuss.
TOMLJANOVIC 1-6 1-2 BARTY
It’s certainly not as straight-forward for Barty now. Tomljanovic guesses right on a forehand and produces a lob that catches the top seed off balance. It leaves the world number one playing catch up and needing to fend off another break point before hanging tough from deuce. Ash grins as she takes her seat and is apparently enjoying the all-Aussie showdown.
BREAK! – TOMLJANOVIC 1-6 1-1 BARTY
The forehand returns and then some! Barty unleashes a trio of forehands on break point to crush Ajla’s resistance and immediately snare the break back.
SET! – TOMLJANOVIC 1-6 BARTY
That is sublime. Barty unloads a big forehand and then runs to the net to guide another beauty right into the opposite corner to claim a breadstick set on her second opportunity. It’s another break and further evidence of how one-sided it’s been.
TOMLJANOVIC 1-5 BARTY
The Barty forehand has been smoking hot but she duffs one into the net from mid-court at 30-30 to give Ajla a lifeline. The top seed quickly snatches that away with a brilliant second serve and follows up with another as she raises her level at the key moment to move within a game of taking the opener.
BREAK! – TOMLJANOVIC 1-4 BARTY
Tomljanovic looks towards her corner in dismay as the ball fizzes beyond her for 0-30. It says much about how this set has gone so far. She goes for broke with a backhand down the line that flies just wide and it’s triple break point. She engages in a slice off from the baseline but there’s only going to be one winner there and a tame strike into the net sees her cough up a double break.
TOMLJANOVIC 1-3 BARTY
This is definitely a more assured Barty as she confidently consolidates. She was leaking lots of error trying to find her range in the earlier rounds but she’s started brilliantly here. A sumptuous crosscourt forehand completely flummoxes Ajla and is the pick of her points as she motors through another hold to love.
BREAK! – TOMLJANOVIC 1-2 BARTY
That’s a real statement of intent from Barty who has looked better and better as this tournament has progressed. Tomljanovic fizzes a forehand long and coughs up two break points. The Croatian-born Aussie saves one with staunch defence but the top seed makes it count on the second with a blistering crosscourt forehand winner.
TOMLJANOVIC 1-1 BARTY
Whatever you can do…. Barty responds with a love hold of her own, planting down a first ace of the contest along the way.
TOMLJANOVIC 1-0 BARTY
Ajla handled the partisan crowd last night and she clearly feels settled right from the off here as she surges through a perfect hold to get her bid for a last-four spot underway in style.
All about Oz now
It’s time to shift focus to an all-Australian affair. It’s top seed Ash Barty up against world number 75 Ajla Tomljanovic from 16.30 BST.
GAME, SET AND MATCH! - SABALENKA 6-4 6-3 JABEUR
Aryna concludes a straight sets victory with a stunning backhand winner up the line after hitting back from break point down to get the job done from deuce in one hour and 13 minutes. In the end she was just too powerful for Ons, who had her chances but just couldn't convert when it mattered most. Sabalenka will now meet No.8 seed, Karolina Pliskova in the last four.
BREAK! - SABALENKA 6-4 5-3 JABEUR
Ons finds a trio of big serves but it’s still not enough. Sabalenka scorches a crosscourt return winner to earn a break point. Jabeur saves it with a stroll into the net and even more nonchalant overhead. But it soon turns sour and she throws her racket to the floor in disgust as a drop shot only just reaches the net. Aryna unleashes full power to take charge and breaks at the second time of asking with a drive volley. She’ll now serve for the match.
SABALENKA 6-4 4-3 JABEUR
Rapid! Sabalenka finds that first-set Mojo to rampage through a love hold as we enter the business end of the set.
SABALENKA 6-4 3-3 JABEUR
You’ve got to love Jabeur’s drop shots. It’s just pure touch and feel. She flashes her wand from deep to leave Sabalenka scurrying into the net once more and then almost nonchalantly volleys away the pick-up to hold to 30.
SABALENKA 6-4 3-2 JABEUR
Aryna continues to find the solution when under threat. She faces another break point here as the desire to unload additional power begins to affect control and precision of her shots. However, she once again comes up trumps when it matters and escapes with the hold from deuce to nudge the board back in her favour.
SABALENKA 6-4 2-2 JABEUR
The game was quite literally on Sabalenka’s racket there. She leads 15-30 and then lashes two attempts at a return winner up the line just wide. Ons holds and levels in the set.
BREAK! - SABALENKA 6-4 2-0 JABEUR
It’s all about fine margins. Sabalenka has found the answer on her serve when posed some intense questions, but Jabeur can’t do the same here. The Tunisian saves two of three break points from 0-40 - one with an exquisite drop shot - but then tumbles trying to fizz a winner down the line. She’s okay but looks forlorn as the shot slapped the net and halted her hopes of recovery.
SABALENKA 6-4 1-0 JABEUR
That’s huge in terms of momentum and the psychology of the match. Jabeur comes out all guns blazing and charges to triple break point. Sabalenka retorts with clutch tennis to reel off four points in a row. She glides a volley wide and has to go again from deuce, but at this point she’s in full power mode and almost rips the racket out of Ons’ hands lashing down a huge serve to dig out the hold.
SET! - SABALENKA 6-4 JABEUR
Aryna makes her move – and seizes the initiative in the match! The No.2 seed grunts that bit louder and hits that much harder. She surges back from 40-15 down, rifling a return winner and luring an error long to earn a set point. Ons pumps her fist as she saves it but then has to don her tin hat from deuce as Sabalenka fails to convert another three set points. A fifth comes along and this time the Belarusian won’t be denied. The controlled power finally breaches the Tunisian's defences and it’s the higher ranked player who takes a tight 36-minute opener.
SABALENKA 5-4 JABEUR
The No.21 seed fluffs an attempt a surprise drop shot and it concludes ANOTHER highly effective hold to 15. It’s been a familiar pattern throughout this opening set but could change now with some scoreboard pressure for the Tunisian to shoulder.
SABALENKA 4-4 JABEUR
Ons nails her third ace of the match and then chalks up a very tidy love hold by following in a low slice to pick up a drop shot and guide a delicious winner down the Belarusian’s left flank.
SABALENKA 4-3 JABEUR
The server is dominant but we’re beginning to get some intriguing rallies via the contrasting styles. Ons shows her touch with a classy short slice before Sabalenka storms to an impressive hold courtesy of a sizzling backhand up the line and a powerhouse, wide serve.
SABALENKA 3-3 JABEUR
Brilliant from Ons. She back pedals, leaps into the air and swats away a sublime overhead to polish off another dominant game after Sabalenka had initially threatened with a rasping return winner up the line.
SABALENKA 3-2 JABEUR
The pattern continues. The serve reigns supreme so far. Sabalenka shrugs off another double fault to cruise through the rest of the game. Aside from the opener, it’s been rather routine but the crowd will be eager for things to hot up a bit so they can truly engage in some drama.
SABALENKA 2-2 JABEUR
Neither player willing to blink first here. Jabeur looks completely assured and at ease in her surroundings as she breezes through a love hold.
SABALENKA 2-1 JABEUR
No danger. The No.2 seed charges through a much more accomplished service game this time around, dropping just the one point before marching back to her chair with real purpose.
SABALENKA 1-1 JABEUR
Ons has the flair and variety to make her a crowd favourite while Aryna has jaw-dropping power at times. Both showcase their innate qualities here but it’s the Tunisian who eases on to the board with a fizzing forehand winner.
SABALENKA 1-0 JABEUR
That’s a real mixed bag to kick things off from Sabalenka. There’s an ace, a couple of double faults and a shocker at the net – but she still manages to edge out a hold from deuce.
This will be their third meeting. Ons won in three sets at Roland Garros in 2020 while Aryna got it done in straight sets on the hard courts of Abu Dhabi back in January.
The first of the two ladies quarter finals scheduled for Centre Court gets underway shortly. It pits Tunisian No.21 seed, Ons Jabeur against No.2 seed Aryna Sabalenka.
GAME, SET AND MATCH! - MEDVEDEV 6-2 6-7 6-3 3-6 3-6 HURKACZ
Upset alert! The No.2 seed is OUT of Wimbledon 2021. Hubert Hurkacz comes through a five-setter played over two days to oust one of the pre-tournament favourites. Medvedev was far from his best as he had little answer to a fired up Pole. The Russian dumped a weak volley into the net on match point to miss the chance to pose the serve-out question. Hurkacz is into a major quarter final for the first time and meets eight-time champion, Federer next.
MEDVEDEV 6-2 6-7 6-3 3-6 3-5 HURKACZ
Too good. There’s no room for nerves to kick in when the serve is flowing so majestically. Medvedev barely gets a look-in as Hurkacz moves to within a game of glory.
MEDVEDEV 6-2 6-7 6-3 3-6 3-4 HURKACZ
Medvedev is made to work hard as Hurkacz goes in search of the insurance of a double break. The Russian plays arguably his best point of the day so far from deuce before swatting away Hubi’s improvised block return to remain in contention.
MEDVEDEV 6-2 6-7 6-3 3-6 2-4 HURKACZ
It’s almost serene tennis from Hubi right now. When the big first serve lands, Medvedev has had little answer. The No.14 seed edges tantalisingly closer to his target and has barely put a foot wrong in this set so far.
MEDVEDEV 6-2 6-7 6-3 3-6 2-3 HURKACZ
Could that be an extra gear kicking in for Daniil? It could be just in time if so. A hat-trick of aces see him through a rapid hold to 15 to stay firmly in touch.
MEDVEDEV 6-2 6-7 6-3 3-6 1-3 HURKACZ
Only one of these players looks like the No.2 seed right now and it certainly isn’t Medvedev. An ace down the T swats away a mini revival from Med as the Pole consolidates to 30.
BREAK! – MEDVEDEV 6-2 6-7 6-3 3-6 1-2 HURKACZ
It’s a disaster for Daniil. He looks uncomfortable and gets a warning for racket abuse as another untimely double fault contributes to him being broken to love.
MEDVEDEV 6-2 6-7 6-3 3-6 1-0 HURKACZ
Medvedev leans all over some hefty serves to edge him to an important scoreboard lead from deuce. The Russian stumbled as he watched a return fizz way beyond him and has looked rather subdued. Hurkacz can’t take full advantage and the Russian belts out a passionate shout of delight-defiance when he drags himself through. It is rather slippy out there (though the roof is one). A ball boy also took a tumble towards the end of the game.
SET! – MEDVEDEV 6-2 6-7 6-3 3-6 HURKACZ
We are going the distance! Hurkacz has come out with a really positive attitude and gets his reward. He hammers down a wide ace on his second set point to keep his hopes of a maiden quarter final appearance at a major very much alive.
BREAK! – MEDVEDEV 6-2 6-7 6-3 3-5 HURKACZ
Ouch. Medvedev fires down a double fault to cough up an immediate break. It’s thoroughly deserved from Hubert’s perspective. He looked to get into the net and two forays forward earned him a couple of points to tee up an immediate opportunity. Medvedev did slap down an ace to make 30-30 but he was surprisingly on the back foot for much of the game. Hurkacz will now serve for the set.
Med v Hurk - take two
It’s Ladies quarter-final day at Wimbledon 2021 – but first on Centre Court we need to conclude the final men’s fourth round encounter between world number two, Daniil Medvedev and Polish No.14 seed, Hubert Hurkacz. The match was suspended last night with the Russian leading by two sets to one but 3-4 down in the fourth set. Get read for Med v Hurk – take two!
All Aussie quarter-final
Ajla Tomljanovic will face Ash Barty on Tuesday in the quarter-finals. It's her first ever visit to the last-eight of a Grand Slam.
Raducanu forced to retire hurt
Unfortuntaely Emma Raducanu was not in a condition to continue after her medical timeout during her late-night match against Tomljanovic.
"I'm kind of shocked," Tomljanovic says on court. "It's bittersweet. Emma must be really hurt and I'm really sorry for her. I'm wishing her all the best."
Federer rolls on
It took him a while to get going, but the 20-time Grand Slam Champion fired on all cylinders eventually on Centre Court to dispatch the impressive Lorenzo Sonego.
Federer is the oldest man in the Open era to reach a Wimbledon quarter-final, and the dream of another grass court triumph remains alive for arguably the greatest men’s tennis player of all-time.
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Djokovic at his ruthless best
That was extraordinary from Djokovic. He has still only lost one set at this tournament and he is beaming with pride at the display.
"I’m very delighted and I’m also delighted to see more fans on the Centre Court today," Djokovic says during his on-court interview.
"Thank you for coming, I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did.
"My confidence level is very high obviously, after winning the French Open. It took a lot out of me, but it gave me the confidence boost I needed. My energy levels are really good."
Novak Djokovic in Wimbledon
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Day eight action
Day eight at Wimbledon sees Daniil Medvedev, Ash Barty, Aryna Sabalenka and Ons Jabeur all in action.
Britain has a potential 'superstar' in Raducanu
The teenager was making her Grand Slam debut, having only made her maiden appearance on the WTA Tour in June, and is ranked number 338th in the world - and Eurosport's Mats Wilander believes Britain has something special.
Wilander told Eurosport at Wimbledon: "She is the real deal, and I am talking about the mindset. An incredible mindset and an incredible mover.
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I'm telling you, in Great Britain, you have a star that has been born.
"She plays like her idol, Li Na. The forehand is almost an identical copy. She really is a fantastic tennis player and there is nowhere she is going to go but up. She is going to improve and improve.
"She moves incredibly well and she has real strength. She has literally everything. She can be a superstar."
The Championships at the All England Club had to be cancelled last year due to the Covid-19 pandemic without a ball being hit.
In 2019, Novak Djokovic defeated Roger Federer in what was a match for the ages to lift his fifth Wimbledon title, while Simona Halep overcame Serena Williams to win the women's title two years ago.
Who is going to triumph this year?
Djokovic is the overwhelming favourite to make it three Grand Slams on the bounce after his triumphs at the Australian Open and French Open.
The women's draw is more wide open and Ashleigh Barty is the leading favourite, according to the bookies, with Serena Williams having already sadly left the tournament through injury.
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