Federer Memorabilia Raises $4.7 Million For Charity

Roger Federer might not have been able to travel to the Tokyo Olympics due to injury, but he has scored an ace for charity after raising $4.7 million (£3.4 million) in a two-phased auction.

“I am overwhelmed by the generosity and enthusiasm of the support from around the world,” Federer said in a statement.

The 39-year-old donated a sizable collection of personal items for auction at Christie’s to raise money for his Roger Federer Foundation. A live auction in London on 23 June, with lots focusing on memorabilia from his 20 Grand Slam titles at the Australian Open, Roland Garros, Wimbledon and US Open, raised nearly $1.8 million (£1.3 million).

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The subsequent online auction, which took place from 23 June to 14 July, featured 300 lots from a variety of tournaments spanning his entire career – from the gear he used as a 19-year-old in his first Olympic appearance at the 2000 Games in Sydney, to the famous RF cardigan he wore before the 2012 Wimbledon final.

The combined proceeds from both phases of the action – which far exceeded the Swiss’ £1-million ($1.3 million) goal – will go to the Roger Federer Foundation, which supports educational projects in southern Africa and his native Switzerland.

“We started collecting items which accompanied me on court because we thought that perhaps one day we could do something meaningful with them,” Federer said. “[We are] humbled to see that the decision we made will make a profound difference to so many children.”

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Federer To 'Reassess… [But] The Goal Is To Play'

Roger Federer was delighted with the ovation he received as he walked off Centre Court at the end of his 22nd Wimbledon campaign on Wednesday, but the soon-to-be 40-year-old isn’t going to retire anytime soon.

“[The] crowds were amazing,” said Federer, after a 6-3, 7-6(4), 6-0 quarter-final loss to Polish 14th seed Hubert Hurkacz. “The ovation was fantastic. I loved it. That’s why I play. That’s why I still play now… I’m super grateful for all the support I’ve gotten here over the years. Today again was special.

“I’m actually very happy I made it as far as I did here, and I actually was able to play Wimbledon at the level that I did, after everything I went through. Of course, I would like to play it again, but at my age you’re just never sure what’s around the corner.”

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Federer underwent two arthroscopic right knee surgeries in February and May last year, but the Swiss was clearly happy to have returned to the All England Club, the scene of his eight Wimbledon triumphs, over the past fortnight.

“I was able to make it this year, which I’m really happy about,” said Federer, who was contesting just his fifth tournament of 2021. “I’ve got to take a few days. Obviously, we’re going to speak a little bit tonight, depending on how I feel, then the next couple of days as well. Then we go from there. Just see, ‘Okay, what do I need to do to get in better shape so I can be more competitive?’

“I’m not sure if it’s necessarily matches, to be honest, because the body actually overall feels fine from the matches. I’m happy I went through all the process of taking losses and trying to play in Paris, Geneva, Doha and Halle, getting myself into match toughness and fitness here in Wimbledon. I definitely need to be a better player if I want to be more competitive at the highest of levels. I knew that coming in.”

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The Swiss superstar, who has won a record-equalling 20 Grand Slam trophies, will now regroup with Ivan Ljubicic and Severin Luthi and plan his next tournaments.

“You know you need a goal when you’re going through rehab with what I did,” said Federer. “You can’t think of the entire mountain to climb as once. You got to go in steps. Wimbledon was the initial first super step, if you like.

“Now that that’s over, you just got to reassess everything. You got to sit down, talk about it, what went well, what didn’t go so well, where is the body, where is the knee, where is the mind? The goal is to play, of course.”

After his first straight sets loss at Wimbledon since 2002, when he fell as a 20-year-old to Mario Ancic 6-3, 7-6(2), 6-3 in the first round, Federer went on to admit, “Clearly, there’s still a lot of things missing in my game that maybe 10, 15, 20 years ago were very simple and very normal for me to do. Nowadays, they don’t happen naturally anymore. I got to always put in the extra effort mentally to remind myself, ‘Remember to do this’ or ‘Do that’. I have a lot of ideas on the court, but sometimes I can’t do what I want to do.

“I felt very disappointed in the moment itself. I still am. At the same time there’s always a weight that falls off your shoulders when a tournament is over, when a huge goal is made or missed. It doesn’t matter actually. You feel the weight is gone and you’re exhausted. I feel horribly exhausted. I could go for a nap right now. That’s how I feel.

“The past 18 months have been long and hard. Then again, if I take perspective, I’m always very happy about a lot of things that happened [in the past few weeks, the past few months. I know [I] will be upbeat again shortly. I know how I am in these situations. I feel like I go maybe very hard on myself, I get very sad, and then a few days go by…. Then I’ll be totally fine again and be my old self.

Cool-Headed Hurkacz Holds Off Federer In Wimbledon Stunner

When 14th seed Hubert Hurkacz was asked if he would be nervous to play childhood idol Roger Federer on Centre Court, with a maiden Grand Slam semi-final appearance on the line, his answer was a smile and a simple, “No.” The fast-rising Pole showed why on Wednesday, as he stunned the eight-time champion 6-3, 7-6(4), 6-0 to reach the final four at Wimbledon.

“Obviously I was a little bit nervous,” he conceded after the match. “I mean, playing against Roger in a Grand Slam quarterfinal, it’s a very big thing for me. But I was trying to stay as calm as I could.

“I was trying always to believe myself during the match and just trust my game and stay as aggressive as I could.”

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Hurkacz has exceeded expectations throughout the fortnight, after arriving at the All England Club with a six-match losing streak dating back to Monte-Carlo in April, having never been past the third round or defeated a Top 10 player at a Grand Slam. 

After taking down World No. 2 Daniil Medvedev in the fourth round and upsetting eight-time champion Federer, Hurkacz became the second Polish man in history to reach the semi-finals at a Grand Slam. He follows in the footsteps of Jerzy Janowicz, who reached this stage here in 2013. 

“Walking off the court realizing that I won against Roger, I mean, [it] just kind of dream come true, especially here on grass in Wimbledon,” he said. “It felt so special with the crowd around as well.”

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Although he typically strikes his groundstrokes with his eyes closed, the Miami champion showed great anticipation throughout three sets against Federer, who was contesting his 58th Grand Slam quarter-final. He did well to handle the windy conditions on Centre Court, keeping his margins and only striking 12 unforced errors across three sets.

Federer struggled from the start as Hurkacz read his second serve like a book. Despite saving three break points to hold for 2-2 – coming back from a 0/40 deficit – Federer couldn’t hold him back in the next service game as Hurkacz struck a flurry of backhand winners to go up 4-2.

The sixth seed raised his level to reel off the first three games of the second set, mixing up his returns – including a bold drop shot return at 4-1. But Hurkacz was unfazed, and he continued to move the Swiss player around the court, dragging him out wide and blasting backhands up the line with great success.

After getting them back on serve, Hurkacz fired a stinging cross-court passing shot in the tie-break and crushed an unreturned first serve to take the set. The Pole, who struck 10 aces in the match, won 79 per cent (41/52) of points behind his first serve.

Hurkacz could do seemingly no wrong in the third set, where he made only two unforced errors and dominated proceedings as he reeled off all six games in a row. He raced through the set and sealed the victory after an hour and 49 minutes as Federer pushed a forehand out wide, his 31st unforced error of the match.

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He will next face seventh seed Matteo Berrettini for a spot in his first Grand Slam final at Wimbledon. Berrettini, who is into his second major semi-final, took down 16th seed and good friend Felix Auger-Aliassime 6-3, 5-7, 7-5, 6-3 to record his best result at the All England Club.

Federer was bidding to reach the semi-finals at Wimbledon for an all-time record-extending 14th time. The eight-time champion was seeking to add a 21st Grand Slam title to his record haul and break his tie with Rafael Nadal for most major titles of all time. 

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Eight-time Wimbledon champion Roger Federer has made a career of defying expectations and beating the odds. The 39-year-old has proven he still has what it takes after becoming the oldest Wimbledon quarter-finalist in the Open Era – now, he’ll have to draw from long experience to keep his run going on Wednesday. 

Federer anchors the bottom half of the draw at SW19, with seventh seed Matteo Berrettini, 14th seed Hubert Hurkacz and 16th Felix Auger-Aliassime all in uncharted territory as they vie for their first Wimbledon semi-final berth.

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Sixth seed Federer, who is eyeing his 13th appearance in the last four, will be facing a player who idolised him as a child when he meets Hurkacz. The 24-year-old from Poland grew up practising gymnastics, basketball and football as well as tennis, but settled on tennis after watching the Swiss superstar.


“Obviously Roger is a special player. What he’s achieved throughout his whole career, it’s unbelievable. The way he plays is also special… He was big inspiration for me,” Hurkacz said after his fourth-round upset over Daniil Medvedev. “Being out there playing quarter-finals against him, it’s really amazing. But obviously I’m out there to play my best and give myself best chance of winning the match.”

It’s an increasingly familiar position for 39-year-old Federer, who is bidding to become the oldest man to reach the semi-finals at a Grand Slam since Ken Rosewall at the 1977 Australian Open, aged 42. A few weeks ago in Halle, 20-year-old Auger-Aliassime named Federer his ‘idol’ before taking him down in a second-round upset.

The Canadian, who faces seventh seed Berrettini, looms in his section as a potential semi-final opponent. But Federer won’t be the same player who struggled to string wins together in the buildup to Wimbledon, his fifth tournament of the season as he continues to make his way back from knee surgeries.

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Federer has raised his level round by round after dodging an early test from Adrian Mannarino, who retired in the fourth set in the first round. He has raced past Richard Gasquet and taken down 29th seed Cameron Norrie and 23rd seed Lorenzo Sonego to reach his first quarter-final since the 2020 Australian Open.

“It’s nice to see that the work I put in paid off, that I’m able to play at this level with best-of-five sets. Playing five days in a row is different than playing best-of-five sets every second day,” Federer said.

“All that stuff, when you’re young, you don’t ask yourself the question. But when you’re me, with the year I had, it’s all question marks all over the place. You have to prove it again to yourself that you can actually do it.” 

The winner of Federer and Hurkacz will take on an in-form player in either seventh seed Berrettini or 16th seed Auger-Aliassime, who will have to put their friendship aside in order to reach their first Wimbledon semi-final. 

Berrettini and Auger-Aliassime, whose girlfriends Ajla Tomljanovic and Nina are cousins, are often spotted hanging out together off the tennis court. They’ve had dinner together and watched the Euros while in the bubble this fortnight, but when they hit the court it will be all business. 

“We’re able to make the difference between what happens on the court and off the court,” Auger-Aliassime said. “Matteo is a good friend, first of all. I can chat with him, have dinner with him. Of course, when the day of the match comes, then you focus on what you have to do. You try to play your best tennis and win.”

Auger-Aliassime is one of two Canadians into the quarter-finals at Wimbledon, and he’s bidding to become the youngest man to reach the last four at Wimbledon since Djokovic (20 years 47 days) in 2007. After navigating past a tricky section that included Nick Kyrgios (retirement), the 16th seed recorded a statement win over fourth seed Alexander Zverev in five sets to advance to this stage at a Grand Slam for the first time. 

Berrettini will come into the matchup with the edge in experience, having been to the semi-finals at the US Open in 2019 (l. to Nadal), as well as the lead in their ATP Head2Head. The Italian claimed a hard-fought victory in their only previous meeting in the Stuttgart 2019 final, but he had to play “one of the best matches I ever played on grass” to achieve it. 

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“I feel I am playing for sure the best tennis of my career. [In] 2019 I was playing good, but everything was kind of new. I had to adjust a little bit,” Berrettini reflected after his fourth-round win over Ilya Ivashka. “Now I have more confidence for sure, more experience as well. I know I can achieve my best results like I’m doing quarters in Paris, quarters here. Obviously the tournament is not done yet. I’m really looking forward to achieving even more.”

Since their 2019 meeting, Berrettini and Auger-Aliassime have continued their upward trajectory. The seventh seed came into SW19 after winning titles at the Serbia Open and The Queen’s Club, his first ATP 500 triumph. Auger-Aliassime returned to the Stuttgart final this year, the eighth final of his career (0-8).

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Day nine at Wimbledon 2021 will see Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer in quarter-final action out on Centre Court.

There will also be two quarters on Court One, with Matteo Berrettini among those in action.



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Novak Djokovic will likely prove too strong for the unseeded Marton Fucsovics, and so we’re going to venture away from Centre Court for this prediction and make the potentially bold claim that Matteo Berrettini’s match-up with Felix Auger-Aliassime could be the pick of the bunch.

Both are into their first Wimbledon quarter-finals, for Canadian Auger-Aliassime it is his first at any Grand Slam, and after being Alexander Zverev he is out to stop Berrettini – who won Queen’s and has looked in fine form in the opening four rounds.

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Back to Centre, where to second match between Roger Federer and Hubert Hurkacz may not be a simple affair for the 39-year-old eight-time winner at SW19.

Hurkacz impressed in his win over second seed Daniil Medvedev, and having looked unfazed when closing that much out on Centre, he may enjoy the role of underdog once more when taking on Federer.


The youngest player in the men’s quarter-final is 20-year-old Auger-Aliassime, while his Canadian compatriot Denis Shapovalov is only two years older. The duo will be out to secure a memorable day for Canada out on Court 1 – expect to see some red and white in the stands.



  • Novak Djokovic (SRB) [1] v Marton Fucsovics (HUN)
  • Roger Federer (SUI) [6] v Hubert Hurkacz (POL) [14]


  • Karen Khachanov (RUS) [25] v Denis Shapovalov (CAN) [10]
  • Matteo Berrettini (ITA) [7] v Felix Auger-Aliassime (CAN) [16]


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Gauff & Federer Shining Together On Manic Monday: 'It's Pretty Cool'

Coco Gauff is unquestionably one of the brightest young stars on the WTA Tour, if not in all of sports. And on Manic Monday at Wimbledon, one of the grandest days in tennis, the American will share centre stage with the likes of eight-time champion Roger Federer.

“Part of the reason I was so nervous in my second-round match on Centre is because I saw he was following me again. Today I wasn’t really nervous going in. I don’t know why I was so nervous in my second round. I do definitely take note,” Gauff said after her third-round win. “It’s pretty cool. I don’t know, I like to think of it as opening up for [him]. Concerts, they have a big artist, then a smaller artist come before them. That’s what I kind of like to think of it as. It’s pretty cool.”

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This will be the third consecutive round in which Gauff will play the match on Centre Court right before former World No. 1 Federer. According to the 17-year-old, she has learned plenty from the 39-year-old Swiss.

“Roger, he definitely has a big influence on my mentality on and off the court. He’s always someone that I can go and talk to if I need advice,” Gauff said. “He’s such a class act and someone that I looked up to. It’s super nice that I’m able to open up for him, if that’s the right terminology I use. Hopefully if I can keep opening up for him, we can keep winning [until] the end.”

Coco is continuing to emerge as a huge star throughout the world, much like Roger has throughout his career. But the teen is carving her own path.

“I want to be the best role model that I can be. Me and Roger have completely different personalities. He’s older than me. I’m part of a different generation. I definitely look up to him and want to be like him, but I also want to be myself,” Gauff said. “I don’t think I’m ever going to be the person that he is because he’s Roger, I’m Coco. But definitely I do take part and try to model my behavior after him in the way he is on and off the court.”

This will be the last Manic Monday at the grass-court Grand Slam, as there will be play on the tournament’s middle Sunday from next year. Therefore, this will be the last time — barring rain or other extenuating circumstances — that all fourth-round singles matches will be played on the event’s second Monday.

Because of that, some of the best players will be spread throughout the grounds. Men’s second seed Daniil Medvedev will play Miami champion Hubert Hurkacz on No. 2 Court and women’s second seed Aryna Sabalenka will compete on No. 3 Court against 18th seed Elena Rybakina. It promises to be a thrilling day with the best men’s and women’s players in the world shining together on the London lawns.

Federer, who is pursuing a record 21st Grand Slam title this fortnight, took to social media on Sunday to reflect on the final Manic Monday, on which he will play 23rd seed Lorenzo Sonego.

“It’s definitely part of history that there has been no tennis on [the middle] Sunday,” Federer said. “I love this tournament and I love playing here. Can’t wait for tomorrow for my match against Sonego.”

Djokovic & Federer Dive Into Manic Monday With Experience On Their Side

There are 10 men who are into the fourth round at Wimbledon for the first time. Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer, who have won the title here a combined 13 times, are not two of them.

This is the 11th time that the all-time greats have advanced to the Round of 16 at The Championships in the same year. On 10 of those occasions, they have both made the quarter-finals, and they will try to improve that number on Manic Monday.

“It’s just very, very impressive to see what he’s doing [again] this year. It’s going to be another big one for him in the coming days,” Federer said of Djokovic. “He’s able to have different ways to win matches. He’s done incredibly well in Australia, now again also in Paris.”

Djokovic and Federer did not arrive at the All England Club this year with the same momentum. The Serbian superstar has won the season’s first two Grand Slams, and he is the favourite to triumph at Wimbledon for a sixth time. The top seed can keep alive his hopes of a calendar-year Grand Slam and tie Federer and Rafael Nadal for the most major trophies with 20.

“He looks like the big favourite here going into whatever round he goes into,” Federer said. “He deserves it. He’s worked extremely hard. He’s playing great at the same time, too. He’s going to be tough to beat.”

Djokovic will next play 17th seed Cristian Garin, who had never won a match on the historic London lawns in three previous attempts. The World No. 1 beat the Chilean star 6-3, 6-3 in their only previous ATP Head2Head meeting at last year’s ATP Cup.

Garin has excelled on clay courts, winning all five of his ATP Tour titles — including one this year in Santiago — on that surface. The 25-year-old might look to attack Djokovic’s serve, as the Serbian was unhappy with his performance in that department against Denis Kudla.

After hitting 25 aces in the first round — a personal-best at Wimbledon — and landing 64 per cent of his first deliveries in the second round, the top seed only made 54 per cent of his first serves against the American.

“Obviously in some parts of the match it was good, but generally it wasn’t that great of a rhythm that I had with that part of my game,” Djokovic said of his serve. “But it is what it is. I don’t want to talk about negatives. I just won in straight sets.

“Honestly, I think I can play better. I hopefully will do in the next round.”

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Djokovic has won 57 per cent of his baseline points to lead all players in the tournament. He will try to continue that strong play from the back of the court as he pursues a spot in his 12th quarter-final at the grass-court major

Federer did not arrive in London with the same great form. The 39-year-old Swiss lost a three-setter in the second round in Halle, where he is a 10-time champion. Continuing his comeback from two arthroscopic right knee surgeries last year, Federer had only managed a 5-3 record in his first four tournaments of the season.

But the eight-time Wimbledon winner has slowly worked his way into form en route to the second week. Two of his three matches — against Adrian Mannarino (who retired) in the first round and home favourite Cameron Norrie — were especially tough, but Federer has steadily improved.

“I definitely feel like I’ve gotten my rhythm now at this point,” Federer said.

The 20-time Slam champion will next play 23rd seed Lorenzo Sonego, who has enjoyed the best season of his career. The Italian had never won a match at Wimbledon (previously 0-2) and he is into the fourth round at a major for the second time (2020 Roland Garros).

Federer won their only previous ATP Head2Head match at Roland Garros two years ago. In that encounter, the Swiss cruised 6-2, 6-4, 6-4.

Although the 26-year-old is known for his baseline prowess, he has won 77 per cent of his net points (57/74), matching Federer’s mark to tie for the lead among the remaining players in the event.

Two years ago in Paris, Sonego was the No. 74 player in the FedEx ATP Rankings. Now he is World No. 27, one spot off his career-best, and he will try to spoil another deep Federer run.

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Only one other player in the draw other than Federer and Djokovic, Roberto Bautista Agut, has made the semi-finals at Wimbledon.

Federer: 'Murray Has Huge Admiration From All The Players'

Two-time Wimbledon champion Andy Murray rolled back the years at SW19 this week, recreating magical moments on Centre Court before his third-round exit to 10th seed Denis Shapovalov on Friday.

The Scot was competing in singles at The Championships for the first time since 2017 due to his ongoing injury struggles with his hip. Despite Murray’s disappointment that he could not advance further, Swiss superstar Roger Federer was delighted to see the return of the 34-year-old, whom he has great respect for.

“He should be very, very happy about himself. I think he has a huge admiration from all the players [for] what he’s going through because that is not just some simple knee thing like maybe some others. This is major stuff he’s going through,” Federer said after beating Cameron Norrie on Saturday.

“I wish him only the best. Everybody hopes he stays on tour and keeps on going, to be honest. Most of all he needs to be happy. That goes with being healthy clearly,” Federer added.

Murray, the former World No. 1, overcame 24th seed Nikoloz Basilashvili in the first round before fighting back from two-sets-to-one down to defeat German Oscar Otte under the roof on Centre Court. 

Federer, who will face 23rd Seed Lorenzo Sonego in the fourth round on Monday, enjoyed practising with Murray before the tournament on the lawns of Wimbledon.

“It was also nice playing with Andy, actually feeling the ball that was coming back from him, just seeing what can he do also in terms of his physical ability,” Federer said. “I watched a little bit yesterday side-by-side with the football.”

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Federer holds a 2-0 ATP Head2Head record against Murray at Wimbledon, most notably defeating him in the 2012 final. However, they have not faced each other since the semi-finals at the Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati in 2015, largely due to Murray’s injuries. Federer only competed at the Australian Open last year as he recovered from two knee surgeries, so understands the challenges the World No. 118 is facing.

“I totally know what he’s trying to say because you have to make compromises every single day,” Federer added. “Instead of practise, you have to rest, instead of practising three hours, you can only practise an hour and a half.

“On top of it all, you can’t probably play 35 tournaments anymore. Now you’re playing maybe 25, maybe 15 or less. All these things really matter in a player’s mind.

Preview: Medvedev, Rublev & Khachanov’s Historic Bid At Wimbledon

With three men into the Round of 16 at Wimbledon for the first time in the Open Era, the Russian tennis boom shows no signs of slowing down at the All England Club. Daniil Medvedev, Andrey Rublev and Karen Khachanov will be in action on Manic Monday making a bid for a historic first: should two or more win, multiple Russian men will reach the quarter-finals at The Championships for the first time. 

All three players would have to reach uncharted territory to achieve the feat for Russia. Khachanov is the only player from the history-making troika to have been in the fourth round before (2018). The last time three Russian players made the quarter-finals at Wimbledon was in 2006, when Elena Dementieva, Anastasia Myskina and Maria Sharapova made their run. 


It has already been a banner year for Russian men’s tennis. Medvedev and Rublev led their country to the ATP Cup title at the start of the year, and then teammate Aslan Karatsev joined them with a dream run at the Australian Open. This is the third time in the Open Era that three Russian men have made the Round of 16 at a Grand Slam, with two of those instances coming this year (also the Australian Open).

Second seed Medvedev will enjoy a day of rest after pulling off his first comeback from two-sets-to-love down against Marin Cilic. He will take on 14th seed Hubert Hurkacz on No. 2 Court for a place in the quarter-finals. Should Medvedev advance, he could meet Roger Federer if the Swiss moves past Lorenzo Sonego in their Centre Court clash.

“Starting from [the 2019] US Open, I started to be, let’s call it, maybe a ‘top player’,” Medvedev reflected on Saturday. “I was in my first Grand Slam final. I [had] just won [an ATP] Masters 1000 for the first time. I came into the Top 10. 

“That’s when I started to really believe that I can win any tournament. I believe in it, but it’s tough. I was two times in the final, playing against Novak [Djokovic at the Australian Open] and Rafa [Nadal at the US Open]. It’s tough to win a Grand Slam.

“Coming here, I’m going to feel like I can make it. It can be my year, can be the next one. Maybe it’s never. But I’m going to try my best.”

Fifth seed Rublev will face a familiar foe in Marton Fucsovics for their fifth clash this season. It’s the budding rivalry that the ATP Tour never knew it needed – and one that Fucscovics would rather do without, after famously telling the Russian, “I hope I don’t play you anymore this year!” after his defeat in Dubai. Sure enough, they met again a week later in Miami.

Rublev owns a 4-1 ATP Head2Head lead against Fucsovics, and has won all three of their completed matches in 2021 (Rublev received a walkover from the Hungarian in Doha). He could face World No. 1 Novak Djokovic in the quarter-finals, should the Serbian advance past 17th seed Cristian Garin on Centre Court.

Khachanov will try to reach his second Grand Slam quarter-final when he plays #NextGenATP star Sebastian Korda for the first time. The American has now made the fourth round on both his Roland Garros (2020) and Wimbledon debuts.

As the Russians vie for national glory at the All England Club, all eyes will be on Federer and Djokovic’s bid to rewrite the tennis record books as they headline Centre Court on Manic Monday. Federer will play 23rd seed Lorenzo Sonego and Djokovic will battle Chilean No. 1 Garin.

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Two Canadians will also be in action on Manic Monday as 10th seed Denis Shapovalov faces eighth seed Roberto Bautista Agut while 16th seed Felix Auger-Aliassime seeks an upset over fourth seed Alexander Zverev on No. 1 Court. Seventh seed Matteo Berrettini will also feature as he faces Ilya Ivashka on Court 12.

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