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Manic Monday: Federer makes more history, Djokovic reaches 50th Grand Slam quarterfinal

The two players remain on course for a final showdown after they breezed through their opponents in straight sets in the fourth round on a manic Monday at Wimbledon

Roger Federer made more history as he became the oldest man to reach grand slam quarterfinal in the open era after beating Lorenzo Sonego in straight sets in their fourth round clash at Wimbledon.

Federer defeated the Italian 7-5 6-4 6-2 to reach his first grand slam quarterfinal since the 2020 Australian Open quarterfinal.

The Swiss Maestro showed his intent from the first set as he broke in the ninth game. However, he could not serve out the set as Sonego broke back immediately.

But the 20-time grand slam winner did not have to wait long for another opportunity as a double fault from Sonego handed him another break.

And this time, Federer held serve to close the set. From there on, it was smooth-sailing for the Fed express as he broke early in the second set never looked back.

Wimbledon 2021 tennis - Imperious Roger Federer battles past Lorenzo Sonego  to reach quarter-finals - Eurosport

Meanwhile, defending champion, Novak Djokovic, remain on course for a calendar grand slam after he made light work of Chile’s Cristian Garin, winning 6-2 6-4 6-2.

Djokovic will now face Marton Fucsovics in the quarterfinals. The Hungarian stunned Russia’s Andrey Rublev to reach his first Wimbledon quarterfinals.

Wimbledon 2021 tennis - 'Very confident' Novak Djokovic sweeps past  Cristian Garin to reach quarter-finals - Eurosport

In manic Monday’s other matches, Felix Auger-Aliassime defeated Alexander Zverev in an epic five-setter to reach his first grand slam quarterfinal.

His compatriot Denis Shapovalov also reached the quarterfinals after seeing off Roberto Bautista Augut in straight sets.

The Canadian will now face Karen Khachanov who beat Sebastian Korda in a five-set thriller.

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