Wimbledon 2021: While Roger Federer beat Lorenzo Sonego 7-5, 6-4, 6-2 to reach the quarter-finals of Wimbledon, Felix Auger-Aliassime stunned 4th seed Alexander Zverev to reach his maiden Grand Slam quarter-final

Roger Federer on Monday became the oldest man to reach the Wimbledon quarter-finals since the dawn of the Open Era in 1968. Federer, who will be 40 in just under five weeks’ time, eased past Italy’s Lorenzo Sonego 7-5, 6-4, 6-2 to make the last-eight at the All England Club for the 18th time.

“I’m extremely happy,” Federer said. “Again, tricky conditions – inside and outside – against Lorenzo who is always dangerous but I felt that after that first set, I was able to control things. It was a great match and I couldn’t be more excited to be in the quarter-finals. It’s a big moment and I’m very, very happy.”

There were glance of Federer at Wimbledon as the 39-year-old was hitting those winners at will. Federer looked in complete control in the last two sets as he seemingly told the world he is not done yet.

Federer will face the winner of the last 16 match between 2nd seed Daniil Medvededv and 14th seed Hubert Hurkacz. Notably, their match on Court 2 was suspended when Medvedev was trailing in the fourth set 6-2, 6-7(2), 3-6, 3-4 due to rain. It will be completed on Tuesday.

“It is not fair for anyone. I have been in these situations before — but these guys are young and they can recover,” said Federer.
“Unfortunately they are very, very good too, so hopefully it rains again tomorrow… I’m kidding, I’m kidding!”

Félix Auger Aliassime knocks out Alexander Zverev

Meanwhile, it was also a first major quarter-final for the 20-year-old Auger-Aliassime although his road to victory was much more complicated as he had to stave off a spirited comeback from fourth seed Alexander Zverev.

The Canadian, who came into the match with a 3-0 deficit against Zverev, finally managed to hold his nerve and script a 6-4 7-6(6) 3-6 3-6 6-4 victory in a little over four hours.

 

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