Novak Djokovic continues his bid for a fourth consecutive Wimbledon title as he faces Dutchman Tim van Rijthoven in a last-16 clash on Centre Court. The top seed has not lost at SW19 for five years and has been largely untroubled once again, dropping just 14 games across his last two matches.
Van Rijthoven is making his Grand Slam debut and has made an immediate impact, knocking out seeds Nikoloz Basilashvili and Reilly Opelka to reach this stage. The world number 104 has dropped serve just three times on his run to the fourth round, though that will be tested against arguably the greatest returner in tennis history.
Whoever makes it through this evening will have a tough test on their hands in the quarter-finals, with Carlos Alcaraz or Jannik Sinner facing the winner it what would be a hugely anticipated match. Follow all the action LIVE with Matt Verri at Wimbledon!
New experience for Van Rijthoven
Only once since 2008 has Djokovic failed to reach the Wimbledon quarter-finals. For Van Rijthoven, this tournament has been his first ever appearance in the main-draw at a Grand Slam.
Safe to say there’s a bit of a contrast when comparing the two CVs.
Better news for the Dutchman is that twice he’s faced a player ranked inside the top ten in the world. Both times he won. Daniil Medvedev and Felix Auger Aliassime were both beaten as Van Rijthoven stunned everyone to go all the way at the Libema Open last month.
Djokovic has already been out on Centre Court today…
Alcaraz takes the third set!
Not time for Djokovic yet. Alcaraz has dug deep, saved the match point and taken it to a fourth set.
Centre Court crowd getting plenty of entertainment!
Three set points have come and gone for Alcaraz on Centre, the third saved by a stunning forehand winner from Sinner.
The Italian then has a match point, finds the net. Alcaraz survives. Match point number two coming up for Sinner though…
Relentless from Djokovic again
Serene progress for Djokovic in the tournament so far, as expected.
He dropped a set in his first-round match but since then he’s lost only 14 games, breezing past Thanasi Kokkinakis and then fellow Serbian Miomir Kecmanovic.
Nobody has looked like stopping him so far – huge task ahead for Van Rijthoven.
Centre Court update
Djokovic and Van Rijthoven potentially just a couple of games away from making their way out on Centre Court.
Sinner two sets up against Alcaraz, but it’s level at 5-5 in the third. Spaniard will have plans to extend that much a long while yet…
Cameron Norrie into the quarter-finals!
Cameron Norrie kept the British flag flying as he booked his place in the Wimbledon quarter-finals with victory over Tommy Paul.
By the time Norrie had broken in the opening game of the match he was the only British singles player left in the draw, after Heather Watson fell to a straight-sets defeat on Centre Court earlier in the afternoon.
The 26-year-old shown no signs of any added pressure weighing on him though, easing his way to a 6-4 7-5 6-4 win. What was already the best Grand Slam run of his career has got even better, with a quarter-final against David Goffin to come, after the Belgian battled past Frances Tiafoe in an epic encounter lasting four hours and 37 minutes.
A brilliant moment on Centre Court
Tennis legend Sue Barker was on Sunday reduced to tears as Wimbledon legends and fans gave her a standing ovation as Centre Court celebrated its centenary.
The oldest tennis tournament in the world this year marks its 135th edition, but it is 100 years since Centre Court was moved to Church Road, its current location.
A ceremony was hosted by Barker and her BBC commentary partner – and fellow tennis legend – John McEnroe and included a rollcall of some of the best the sport has ever seen.
Sunday saw a centre court centenary celebration occur to mark 100 years of Centre Court in its current location.
Guests from the local community will be present in addition to some of the Covid-19 heroes in the NHS and social care.
Refugees from Ukraine, Afghanistan and Syria who have settled in Merton and Wandsworth will also be present for the celebrations, which began at 1.30pm.
Head to head (h2h) history and results
The pair have never met before.
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