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'I hope Beyonce saw that!' – Gauff's wish after winning run continues

  • Posted: Jul 05, 2019
Wimbledon 2019 on the BBC
Venue: All England Club Dates: 1-14 July
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Coco Gauff is hopeful she might get an invitation to a Beyonce concert as the 15-year-old’s remarkable story at Wimbledon continued with a third-round victory over Polona Hercog.

The American, who received a wildcard for qualifying, has become the star attraction of these championships following her stunning opening round win over five-time champion Venus Williams, then a second-round win over Magdalena Rybarikova.

Slovenian world number 60 Hercog gave the teenager her stiffest test, as Gauff lost her first set and faced two match points.

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However, she survived and eventually secured a 3-6 7-6 (9-7) 7-5, a minimum pay day of £176,000 and a fourth-round match against former number one Simona Halep.

In the post-match news conference, Gauff was as excited about meeting one of her music idols as the progress she had made.

She said: “Ms Tina Knowles, Beyonce’s mum, posted me on Instagram and I was screaming! I hope Beyonce saw that, I hope she told Beyonce about me because I would love to go to her concert.”

And regarding the prize money, she added: “I can’t buy a car because I can’t drive. I hate spending money.

I didn’t tell Mum, but she’s going to go viral. She’s going to be a meme and I’m going to retweet it

Coco Gauff

“I love wearing hoodies, my mum actually banned me from buying them for two months as I kept getting them delivered to the house.”

Her parents, father Corey and mother Candi, were present to watch their daughter wow the Wimbledon crowd once again .

Gauff explained the influence both have had on her career.

“My mum changed my mindset on how I look at things and my dad is the reason I dream so big,” she continued. “It’s a good mix. They definitely work together well to tell me the right things.

“My mum doesn’t like to play the coach role as my dad is my coach, so she plays the mother role.”

“I look at my dad mostly. I didn’t tell mum, but she’s going to go viral. She’s going to be a meme and I’m going to retweet it.”

Gauff’s epic contest forced the postponement of the mixed doubles match involving Andy Murray and Serena Williams.

‘Gauff will transcend the game’

Nine-time champion Martina Navratilova believes a “star has been born”.

“I don’t think I’ve seen anyone arrive in a greater flash at their first major,” she told BBC Sport.

“I have a feeling Coco Gauff will transcend the game. She wants it, she lives it already. She was born to do this.”

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Navratilova, who won her first Wimbledon title aged 21, does think Gauff’s next match against former world number one Halep will be a “a mountain too tall to climb”.

“Against Halep it will be tricky – the pressure is all on her as a big favourite, but the crowd will be going nuts for Gauff which will be hard for the Romanian to handle.”

John McEnroe, the three-time men’s singles winner, also believes Halep will edge it but added that the world number seven’s game might suit her compatriot.

“Halep has not had a great year and looks tight on this surface,” he told BBC’s Today at Wimbledon. “I would obviously pick the Romanian to win but I’m not going to bet a whole lot on that one.

“I think Halep will be easier because she hits a solid ball. This was an awkward opponent today.”

He added: “It’s better that Coco Gauff doesn’t win it this year, for her sake, long-term. We want her to be out there for 15-20 years.”

As for Gauff, she said she was taking it “one tournament at a time”.

“I watch Halep a lot – I’ve never hit with her so I don’t know how the ball will feel when I play but I’m familiar with how she plays from watching her,” said the student, who is being nurtured by Serena Williams’ coach Patrick Mouratoglou.

“I don’t believe in fate or destiny because I think you can change your own world. Fate can’t always be a good thing, so I try not to think of it being my destiny. If I do, my head is going to get big. I just take it one tournament at a time.”

Who is Coco Gauff?

Gauff at 15 years and 122 days became the youngest player to qualify for the main Wimbledon draw since the Open era began in 1968.

She started playing tennis at the age of seven and comes from a sporting family having initially been coached by her father Corey, who played basketball at Georgia State University. Her mother Candi was a gymnast before moving into track and field.

Their daughter began to deliver in major arenas two years ago when she became the youngest US Open girls singles finalist, aged just 13. And last year she won the French Open equivalent only two months after her 14th birthday.

Wimbledon qualifying was a target for Gauff this year, but her ranking of 301 was not high enough to earn a shot. However, while she was shopping online, she found out she had received a wildcard.

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Richard Arians: Coco Gauff – controlled patience. A quality mastered by veterans. She’s 15!!!

David Symonds: Never have I been so excited to see an American win something!

Di Johnson: What a match, Coco definitely a name to watch.

Che Seabourne: Well this is turning into quite the story for Coco Gauff! A word too for Polona Hercog – who conducted herself with a lot of composure in the face of a partisan crowd. Hugely entertaining match!

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Felix On Wimbledon Loss: 'The Pressure Got To Me'

  • Posted: Jul 05, 2019

Felix On Wimbledon Loss: ‘The Pressure Got To Me’

#NextGenATP Canadian reached the third round on his Wimbledon debut

Felix Auger-Aliassime began his run at Wimbledon having never completed a Grand Slam main draw match, even though he is No. 21 in the ATP Rankings. Yet after showing good form in his first two matches, the Canadian was favoured to reach the Round of 16 heading into his third-round match with fellow #NextGenATP player Ugo Humbert.

But the 18-year-old was unable to find his best tennis against the Frenchman, falling in straight sets.

“Pressure got to me, and… it got to a point where it was a bit embarrassing,” Auger-Aliassime said. “It was just tough. I just wasn’t finding ways. I think he just did what he had to do. It was solid.”

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It wasn’t that Auger-Aliassime was struggling to find his level leading into the match. Despite this being his first professional grass-court season, the teen made the final at the MercedesCup in Stuttgart and the semi-finals of the Fever-Tree Championships at The Queen’s Club, where he was stopped by eventual champion Feliciano Lopez in three sets.

The No. 19 seed at SW19, Auger-Aliassime dropped a set against both Canadian Vasek Pospisil and another #NextGenATP Frenchman, Corentin Moutet, but he was never in serious trouble in either of those matches. He made 32 unforced errors against Humbert.

“Everything was fine. I mean, you never know once you step on court,” Auger-Aliassime said. “I started okay, with the right intentions. And then, I don’t know… Today, it’s weird to describe.”

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Auger-Aliassime appeared to have turned the tide when he took a 5-2 lead in the second set and served to even the match. But suddenly he threw in some uncharacteristic errors, and that was the only opening Humbert needed. The Canadian didn’t think that was the only moment that cost him the match, though. Credit also goes to Humbert for never giving Felix another opening.

“The first set was pretty bad itself,” Auger-Aliassime said. “I felt like the whole match was a turning point.”

Although Auger-Aliassime may be disappointed not to reach the second week of a major for the first time, there are still positives to take from his efforts; winning his first two Grand Slam matches, for one. This time last year, he was not even competing at Wimbledon, ranked No. 152 at the time.


And some of the best players in the world have taken notice of the #NextGenATP star. Although Humbert will be facing Novak Djokovic, not Auger-Aliassime, the World No. 1 and four-time champion has certainly had his eyes on Felix.

“He’s very impressive in many aspects. He’s very mature for his age. Very, very nice guy. Good manners. Respectful. Wants to learn. He’s very dedicated,” Djokovic said. “He’s probably the one that I like the most from the young generation as a tennis player and as a person, I think. All the superlatives for him definitely. He’s been impressive this year, everything he has done. Still a teenager, but he’s one of the best players in the world. If you see the results from this year, he’s one of the most consistent players.”

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Dart, Konta & Evans carry British hopes – day six preview

  • Posted: Jul 05, 2019
Wimbledon 2019 on the BBC
Venue: All England Club Dates: 1-14 July
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Johanna Konta, Dan Evans and Harriet Dart have the responsibility of keeping British hopes alive in the Wimbledon singles when they play on day six.

British number one Konta, 28, faces American ninth seed Sloane Stephens in a rematch of their French Open quarter-final, which Konta impressively won.

Evans, 29, continues his SW19 renaissance against Portugal’s Joao Sousa straight after on Court One.

Dart, 22, opens on Centre Court against Australian top seed Ashleigh Barty.

Dart will be followed by two of the all-time greats in the men’s singles, Spain’s Rafael Nadal meeting two-time quarter-finalist Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of France, before Swiss eight-time champion Roger Federer takes on another Frenchman, Lucas Pouille.

Another legend, 23-time Grand Slam winner Serena Williams, precedes Konta and Evans – the American opens up Court One against Germany’s Julia Gorges.

Williams is also scheduled to play in the mixed doubles alongside Britain’s Andy Murray after their match against German Andreas Mies and Alexa Guarachi of Chile was cancelled on Friday evening because of late-running singles matches.

The 32-year-old Scot will play his second-round men’s doubles match, alongside France’s Pierre-Hugues Herbert, sometime after 13:00 BST on court two.

They meet Croatian sixth seeds Nikola Mektic and Franko Skuger following the conclusion of Czech two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova’s singles match against Magda Linette of Poland.

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Konta plays down significance of Stephens wins

Konta is chasing a hat-trick of victories over 2017 US Open champion Stephens this summer, having beaten her twice on the clay at the Rome Masters and at Roland Garros.

That performance in the quarter-finals in Paris was particularly impressive, with many onlookers suggesting it was one of the finest performances of her career and American great Chris Evert saying it had left her “speechless”.

Yet Konta, who reached the 2017 Wimbledon semi-finals, played down any suggestion she is the favourite when they meet on the grass.

“I don’t see it like that,” said Konta, who also beat Stephens on the Brisbane hard court in January.

“From having played her recently, I’ve got a fresh take on what her ball is like, what it’s like to be on court against her.

“In terms of the challenges that come in the match, they will be different than they were in Paris, Rome or Brisbane. One, we’re playing on a different surface. Two, we’re constantly adapting, trying to find different ways to challenge each other.

“It’s going to be a tough match. There’s no guarantees for it to go my way and no guarantees for it to go her way. I’m just looking forward to playing that game.”

Plenty more to come – Evans

Evans has enjoyed a successful grass-court season in the run-up to Wimbledon, winning titles at Surbiton and Nottingham, and has played with confidence in his run to the last 32.

Now the world number 61 faces Portugal’s Joao Sousa, ranked eight places lower, as he bids to reach the last 16 for the first time at SW19.

Evans was tearful after beating Georgian 18th seed Nikoloz Basilashvili, emotion getting the better of him after his best run at a Slam since returning in April 2018 from a one-year ban for a positive cocaine test.

“It was a goal to be in the main draw here. I did that. Obviously I missed out the last few years,” he said.

“There’s plenty more tennis to be played in this tournament, so I won’t be resting on that win.”

My tennis is right up there – Dart

Dart had never won a match at Wimbledon until this year, but now finds herself under the spotlight of playing on Centre Court in front of 15,000 people at the All England Club.

The British number four, who is ranked 182nd in the world, will want to fare better against French Open champion Barty than she did on her last appearance in a major arena – a 6-0 6-0 drubbing by five-time Grand Slam winner Maria Sharapova on Rod Laver Arena at the Australian Open in January.

“I’m just learning from all these experiences I’m having this year. Everything is still pretty new for me,” Dart said.

“This is my second Wimbledon. I’m still finding my feet. I’m definitely proving that my tennis is right up there with the level.

“I’m just doing the best that I can. I’m just really excited to play my next match.”

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Humbert Upsets Felix, Sets Djokovic Showdown At Wimbledon

  • Posted: Jul 05, 2019

Humbert Upsets Felix, Sets Djokovic Showdown At Wimbledon

#NextGenATP Frenchman is chasing a spot in Milan

This week in 2018, #NextGenATP Frenchman Ugo Humbert was No. 290 in the ATP Rankings, competing at an ITF Pro Circuit event in France in which he did not face a player inside the Top 600. What a difference a year makes.

Humbert upset fellow #NextGenATP player Felix Auger-Aliassime 6-4, 7-5, 6-3 in two hours and nine minutes on Friday to reach the fourth round at Wimbledon. Before arriving at The Championships for his debut, the 21-year-old had never advanced past the second round of a Grand Slam. He is the 43rd man in the Open Era to make the Round of 16 at the grass-court major on his debut.

“I’m very happy about this match. Felix is a great player and a good friend, so I was really happy to share the court with him,” Humbert said. “For sure, it will be the next generation and the future.”

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The World No. 66’s reward in the next round is defending champion Novak Djokovic, the top seed. It will be Humbert’s first match against a Top 10 opponent. In the first round, the lefty moved to 2-0 against Top 20 opposition when Gael Monfils retired down 0-3 in the fifth set in their battle, which Monfils led two sets to none.

There was plenty of hype for a #NextGenATP star to face Djokovic in the fourth round. But many believed that player would be Auger-Aliassime, who has reached his first three ATP Tour finals this season to reach a career-high No. 21 in the ATP Rankings, also advancing to the semi-finals in Miami.

Instead, it will be Humbert, who began this fortnight with just six tour-level wins this year. The Luxembourg resident has climbed the ATP Rankings thanks in large part to his success on the ATP Challenger Tour, winning four titles on that circuit in the past 12 months, and reaching three additional finals. Humbert’s best tour-level result came at the Open 13 Provence, where he advanced to the semi-finals this February.

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Humbert entered this tournament in ninth place in the ATP Race To Milan. If he shocks four-time champion Djokovic, the lefty will move into one of the seven qualifying positions for the Next Gen ATP Finals.

“It’s a dream. It’s maybe the best match of my career, for sure,” Humbert said. “I would like to enjoy this night, this victory, and I will prepare my match against Djokovic with my coach.”

It appeared Auger-Aliassime was putting himself in position to make a run towards a match against Djokovic even after losing the first set, taking a 5-2 lead by showing more confidence and loosening up his shoulders. But Humbert remained level-headed throughout and never let his level dip, pressuring the 18-year-old to serve out the set.


And after Humbert broke back, he broke for the second consecutive return game when Auger-Aliassime double faulted into the net. The Frenchman then took a commanding lead by closing out the set with an inside-out forehand winner off the back foot.

Humbert was unrelenting throughout the match, serving well to keep Auger-Aliassime from gaining any rhythm, while also showcasing impressive shotmaking on No. 1 Court. He showed no nerves after earning an early break in the third set, pumping his fist towards his camp and cracking a smile after his teenage opponent sprayed a final inside-out forehand wide.

“I would like to play my game, and yes, I have the chance,” Humbert said about facing Djokovic. “If not, I’m not coming on the court.”

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Djokovic survives Hurkacz pressure to reach fourth round but Anderson goes out

  • Posted: Jul 05, 2019
Wimbledon 2019 on the BBC
Venue: All England Club Dates: 1-14 July
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Defending champion and world number one Novak Djokovic withstood fierce pressure from Hubert Hurkacz to advance to the fourth round at Wimbledon.

The Serb, 32, prevailed 7-5 6-7 (5-7) 6-1 6-4 against the 22-year-old Pole, who he beat in straight sets at the French Open in June.

Earlier on Friday, seeds Kevin Anderson and Karen Khachanov were knocked out.

“He was fighting. He was playing well, serving well and hitting clean and accurate shots,” Djokovic told the BBC.

“It was a great fight the first couple of sets. He deserved to win the second one.

“I tried to focus on one point at a time, I just wanted to hold my serve and make him play. I played the perfect third set and also my fourth set was solid. I’m really pleased with the performance.”

With Hurkacz impressing, the first set on Court One went with the serve, until Djokovic finally managed to break his opponent – on the fourth break point – to go 6-5 ahead.

But he grew frustrated as the second set wore on, first having three break points foiled before Hurkacz thrilled the crowd with his acrobatics in several stunning rallies between the two.

Djokovic failed to capitalise on two set points as Hurkacz took it to a tie-break, restoring parity in the match at the first opportunity.

From there, though, he lost his way and allowed Djokovic to take complete control of the match – and the top seed wrapped up the third set in just 25 minutes.

He was broken early in the fourth set but managed to save break point at 3-1 down – however, Djokovic made no mistake in serving out the match.

Djokovic will play either Canadian Felix Auger Aliassime or Ugo Humbert of France in the fourth round.

“It’s great we have a new group of young players challenging the best players,” the Serb added.

“The shift is happening. How soon they are going to start winning majors we don’t know.

“Hopefully not too soon – but it’s great for the sport.”

Anderson and Khachanov exit

South African fourth seed Anderson – who was beaten in last year’s final by Djokovic – was knocked out with a 6-4 6-3 7-6 (7-4) defeat by Argentine Guido Pella, who advanced to the fourth round of a Grand Slam for the first time.

World number 26 Pella, 29, will play Canada’s Milos Raonic in the fourth round.

“I don’t know how to describe this moment; this match was unbelievable for me,” Pella told the BBC.

“I think I played unbelievably over three sets. He started to play much better but in the end I was focused for the entire match and it was amazing.”

Anderson, 33, said: “He made life really difficult for me.

“He moves really, really well. I felt I had a pretty hard time keeping him on defence, finishing out the points. When I was able to do that, I had the most success.”

Elsewhere, Russian 10th seed Khachanov was beaten 6-3 7-6 (7-3) 6-1 by Spain’s Roberto Bautista Agut, who will face Frenchman Benoit Paire next.

Spain’s Fernando Verdasco beat Italian Thomas Fabbiano 6-4 7-6 (7-1) 6-4 and will play David Goffin after the Belgian defeated Daniil Medvedev of Russia 4-6 6-2 3-6 6-3 7-5.

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Bautista Agut Bounces Khachanov To March On At Wimbledon

  • Posted: Jul 05, 2019

Bautista Agut Bounces Khachanov To March On At Wimbledon

Paire battles through

Entering the season, Roberto Bautista Agut had never made a major quarter-final. But now, the No. 23 seed will have a chance to reach his second of the year after upsetting No. 10 seed Karen Khachanov 6-3, 7-6(3), 6-1 in the third round of Wimbledon on Friday.

Bautista Agut has proven a tough customer for World No. 9 Khachanov at the Grand Slams this year, having now defeated him in straight sets in Melbourne and London. The 31-year-old, a nine-time ATP Tour champion, proved too solid for the rising Russian, making only 11 unforced errors in the match, while also striking 28 winners. Khachanov hit the same number of winners, but made 14 more unforced errors in their one-hour, 53-minute clash.

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Bautista Agut

In the next round the Spaniard will face Benoit Paire, who wrestled away the momentum from Czech qualifier Jiri Vesely late in the third round en route to a 5-7, 7-6(5), 6-3, 7-6(2) win over two hours and 45 minutes on Court 18. Paire, the No. 28 seed from France, struck 78 winners — including 19 aces — past Vesely, who had led by a set and 5/4 in the second-set tie-break.

The 30-year-old Paire, who advanced to the fourth round of a Grand Slam championship for the fourth time (also at 2017 Wimbledon), has lifted two ATP Tour trophies in 2019 at the Grand Prix Hassan II (d. Andujar) and at the Open Parc Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes Lyon (d. Auger-Aliassime).


Bautista Agut has won all six of the pair’s previous FedEx ATP Head2Head meetings, with only two of those matches going past straight sets. One of those two battles came at The Championships in 2015, when Bautista Agut overcame a two-set deficit against the Frenchman to advance after two hours and 37 minutes.

There will be a lot at stake for both men, as they have combined to reach one Grand Slam quarter-final in 60 previous appearances. Paire is into the fourth round of a major for the fourth time.


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Wimbledon 2019: Caroline Wozniacki beaten by Shuai Zhang in third round

  • Posted: Jul 05, 2019
Wimbledon 2019 on the BBC
Venue: All England Club Dates: 1-14 July
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Former world number one Caroline Wozniacki is out of Wimbledon at the third-round stage following a 6-4 6-2 defeat by China’s Shuai Zhang.

The Danish 14th seed was 4-0 up before Zhang, who had not got past the first round previously, fought back brilliantly to take the first set.

Wozniacki seemed to let some line calls affect her as the world number 50 triumphed in 80 minutes.

Zhang will now play Viktorija Golubic or Dayana Yastremska.

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Five Things To Know About Thomas Fabbiano

  • Posted: Jul 05, 2019

Five Things To Know About Thomas Fabbiano

30-year-old Italian to face Verdasco on Friday at Wimbledon

Thomas Fabbiano registered arguably the biggest surprise through the first two rounds of Wimbledon when he knocked out World No. 6 Stefanos Tsitsipas, avenging his 91-minute defeat to the Greek last year at the All England Club. Prior to that victory Monday, the Italian – who turned pro in 2005 – had never won a set against a Top 20 opponent, though he upset Stan Wawrinka en route to the third round last year at Wimbledon.

He will look to reach the fourth round for the first time at a Grand Slam when he plays Fernando Verdasco on Friday.

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1. Began Playing Tennis At Six
Fabbiano, who celebrated his 30th birthday at the end of May, credits his father for his start in tennis. “I started playing at six years old, thanks to my father who was a member in a small tennis club,” he says. “I started to play with the wall. Since that moment, I didn’t stop playing tennis.”

He grew up idolising Marat Safin and Andre Agassi, but says his style is not similar to either of theirs. He describes it as “a lot of first serving and move with my forehand and make my opponent run from everywhere”.

2. Proud Of The Italian Charge
Fabbiano is one of nine Italian men in the Wimbledon main draw at the start of the tournament, and one of three through to the third round, joining Fabio Fognini and Matteo Berrettini. His closest friends on tour, Berretini and Lorenzo Sonego, won grass-court titles respectively in Stuttgart and Antalya leading into Wimbledon.

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“It’s going really well. We’ve won two titles with Matteo and Lorenzo the past two weeks, so it’s really amazing the men’s side in this moment. Fabio won a [Masters] 1000 a few months ago,” he says. “We are all in good shape and hope to continue this way.”

<a href=''>Fabio Fognini</a> leads the Italian charge in the <a href=''>Wimbledon</a> main draw this year.

3. Grass Is Now His Most Successful Surface
He may have drawn inspiration from his closest friends’ success on grass. Prior to last week’s Nature Valley International, Fabbiano had won three career matches on this surface. Entering his third-round match against Verdasco, Fabbiano will have an 8-5 grass-court record.

In Eastbourne, Fabbiano qualified and defeated the likes of Laslo Djere and recent Queen’s Club finalist Gilles Simon to reach his first tour-level semi-final. He backed up that run with wins over Tsitsipas and Ivo Karlovic at Wimbledon.

4. He’s 5’8”, But Likes Playing Tall Players
Fabbiano is not intimidated by players who tower over him. This year, he’s defeated the ATP’s tallest players – 6’11 Reilly Opelka and 6’11 Karlovic – in Grand Slam action. In January, he withstood 67 aces as he prevailed against Opelka in a fifth-set tie-break in the second round of the Australian Open. On Wednesday, he defeated Karlovic in a 6-4 fifth set to reach the Wimbledon third round.

“I think I like to play with these kinds of guys,” says Fabbiano. “I know to be patient, to wait in the right moment to break them. Just have patience: This is the key to play against these kinds of guys.”

5. Don’t Expect Him To Skydive Again Soon
Off the court, Fabbiano enjoys reading books and going to dinner with friends. Last year in Los Cabos, he enjoyed some of the more adventurous activities on offer, including paddle-boarding and skydiving.

Skydiving was one of the craziest things I’ve ever done in my life, and I don’t think I’m ready to do it again the next 2-3 years!” he says.

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Preview: Djokovic, Anderson Aim For Week 2 Wimbledon Spots

  • Posted: Jul 05, 2019

Preview: Djokovic, Anderson Aim For Week 2 Wimbledon Spots

Khachanov and Auger-Aliassime also headline Day 5 schedule

Top seed and defending champion Novak Djokovic looks to continue his top form when he faces talented Pole Hubert Hurkacz in third-round action on Friday at Wimbledon. Fourth seed and 2018 runner-up Kevin Anderson also takes the court against No. 26 seed Guido Pella.

World No. 1 Djokovic won his lone FedEx ATP Head2Head meeting against Hurkacz two months ago at Roland Garros, but the Pole is thriving on grass and through to the third round of a Grand Slam for the first time. The Serbian seeks his 12th appearance in Week 2 at The All England Club. He’s been at his best from the first ball this week, dropping an average of nine games in his first two rounds.

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Anderson recorded his 20th Wimbledon win with his second-round victory on Wednesday over Janko Tipsarevic. The South African has been limited to three tournaments since January due to a right elbow injury, but appears healthy and primed for another big run at The Championships. Pella is perhaps best known for his clay-court prowess, but has matched his best result at SW19. The 29-year-old Argentine clinched his first ATP Tour title this March in Sao Paulo (d. Garin).

Russian Karen Khachanov, seeded 10th, takes on No. 23 seed Roberto Bautista Agut. The Spaniard leads their FedEx ATP Head2Head rivalry 3-2 and won their lone grass-court match last year at the NOVENTI OPEN, but Khachanov prevailed in their most recent battle this May in Rome. Bautista Agut opened his season with a title in Doha (d. Berdych) and maiden Grand Slam quarter-final at the Australian Open, while Khachanov cracked the Top 10 of the ATP Rankings by reaching his first major quarter-final last month at Roland Garros.


A #NextGenATP player is guaranteed to reach the second week when No. 19 seed Felix Auger-Aliassime of Canada meets Frenchman Ugo Humbert. Auger-Aliassime is excelling in his debut professional season on grass, finishing runner-up at the MercedesCup (l. to Berrettini) and reaching the semi-finals at the Fever-Tree Championships. Humbert recorded his first ATP Tour semi-final on home soil this February in Marseille. Both men are competing in the main draw at The All England Club for the first time.

Other matches headlining Friday’s schedule include No. 11 seed Daniil Medvedev of Russia taking on No. 21 seed David Goffin of Belgium. Medvedev won their only FedEx ATP Head2Head meeting this year in Melbourne. Canadian Milos Raonic, the No. 15 seed and 2016 runner-up, gears up for a big-serving battle with American Reilly Opelka.

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Centre Court start 13:00
[4] Kevin Anderson vs Guido Pella
Two WTA matches

No. 1 Court start 13:00
WTA match
[1] Novak Djokovic vs Hubert Hurkacz
[19] Felix Auger-Aliassime vs Ugo Humbert

No. 2 Court start 11:00
WTA match
[10] Karen Khachanov vs [23] Roberto Bautista Agut
[11] Daniil Medvedev vs [21] David Goffin

No. 3 Court start 11:00
Two WTA matches
Fernando Verdasco vs Thomas Fabbiano

Court 12 start 11:00
[15] Milos Raonic vs Reilly Opelka
WTA match

Court 18 start 11:00
[28] Benoit Paire vs Jiri Vesely
WTA match

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