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Will Australia have two Wimbledon semi-finalists for the first time since 2000?

Nick Kyrgios and Ajla Tomljanovic have both returned to the Wimbledon quarter-finals after both battling tricky opponents and themselves while stretching wide, but Alex de Minaur and Jason Kubler weren’t so lucky.

Early in the game on center court, Kyrgios was slow to get going, losing the first set 6-4 after losing serve in the eleventh game, but worked his way back into the game in typical fashion, taking the next two sets, the latter in a tiebreak.

The Canberran then carelessly dropped the fourth set only to be forced into a deciding set for the second time at those Championships.

However, he was able to regain focus, and after advancing to a 5-2 lead, he served it out in the next game. The result sent him into his first quarterfinals at Wimbledon since his tournament debut as a wildcard in 2014.

Back then, the then 19-year-old, who is ranked No. 144 in the world, caused a huge upset on Center Court by defeating then-world number one Rafael Nadal in four sets with an amazing display of tennis to claim his To make presence known to the tennis community.

It will also be the Australian’s first Grand Slam quarterfinal since he came this far at the 2015 Australian Open, where he lost to eventual finalist Andy Murray.

Kyrgios, now 27, will start as the prohibitive favorite to defeat Cristian Garin in the quarterfinals, with both men looking to reach their first Grand Slam semifinals.

Should Kyrgios prevail, he would become the first Australian to reach a major semifinal since Lleyton Hewitt at the 2005 US Open.

In a four-and-a-half hour marathon on Court No. 2, Garin was two sets down and faced a break point in game three’s eleventh game, but was able to dig out of trouble and win the third set in a tiebreak and then win the fourth to a crucial one force set.

de Minaur then scored two match points in game ten but the Chilean saved both of them and then won the super tiebreak to complete his comeback and become the first man from his country to win a Major quarterfinal since Fernando Gonzalez in 2009 reached US Open.

Qualifier Jason Kubler’s run also came to an end, he was beaten in straight sets by 11th seedling Taylor Fritz, who advanced to a quarterfinal showdown against Rafael Nadal, a four-set winner over Dutchman Botic van de Zandschulp on Center Court.

It was Fritz who awarded the Spaniard his first loss of the season in the Indian Wells final in March, but facing him at a Major, on Wimbledon’s center court no less, will be another matter entirely.

The King of Clay is 18-0 in the majors this year and needs just three wins to break his Wimbledon drought after not saluting since 2010 when he beat Tomas Berdych in straight sets in the final .

The other Australian in action, Ajla Tomljanovic, defeated France’s Alize Cornet, third-round winner of top seed Iga Swiatek, in the match that followed Epos de Minaur-Garin on Court No. 2.

It is the first time she has won a full Grand Slam match in the fourth round after last year’s opponent Emma Raducanu was forced to retire due to respiratory problems.

But despite Tomljanovic matching her quarter-final result at Wimbledon from 12 months ago, the ban on ranking points will see Tomljanovic’s ranking fall into the 70s, meaning she will almost certainly not be seeded at next month’s US Open.

Ajla Tomljanovic crowns a great comeback and secures a place in the quarter-finals of Wimbledon

Nonetheless, she became the first Australian to reach the All England Club in a row since Jelena Dokic in 1999-2000.

And for the first time since Dokic and Rafter in 2000, Australia have the chance to field a semi-finalist on both the men’s and women’s sides.

Next up, the 29-year-old faces Elena Rybakina, seeded in 17th place, who had a slightly easier time beating Petra Martic in straight sets.

In other results, 16th seed and 2019 champion Simona Halep caused an upset as she defeated 4th seed Paula Badosa 6-1, 6-2 in just 59 minutes, cementing her status as a title contender and earning her 24th place -Year-old beginners exposed as Grand Slam.

The Romanian returned to center court for the first time since the 2019 final, in which she gave Serena Williams her worst major-final loss, and made a triumphant return to court with a similar performance against the shocked Badosa.

She won the opening set in just 22 minutes, but although the second set lasted 17 minutes longer than the first, it was still just as one-sided as Halep broke serve five times and saved the only break point she faced the entire time.

It was her second consecutive win against the Spaniard in as many encounters after losing just four games in Madrid earlier this year.

Badosa was the penultimate remaining top 15 seedling to leave the All England Club, leaving third-placed Ons Jabeur as the tallest remaining player in the draw.

Next, Halep meets American upstart Amanda Anisimova, who ended the run of Williams’ first-round conqueror Harmony Tan with a 6-2, 6-3 win that lasted an hour and fourteen minutes.

Contrary to Halep’s experience, this will be Anisimova’s first Wimbledon quarter-final but she won’t be swayed by the task she faces at Wednesday night’s AEST.

The 20-year-old won his quarter-final clash at Roland Garros in 2019, ending Halep’s title defense. Earlier this year he saved a match point to oust defending champion Naomi Osaka at the Australian Open before bowing out to eventual champion Ashleigh Barty.

Of course, she’s been dubbed “the next Maria Sharapova,” but she’s admitted on record that she’d rather be known for the way she plays than for how she looks up to the now-retired Russian (who, incidentally, is expecting her first child). later this year).

The men’s and women’s quarterfinals begin tonight (AEST), with Novak Djokovic meeting Italy newcomer Jannik Sinner in the first match on Center Court, followed by women’s third seed Ons Jabeur against Marie Bouzkova of the Czech Republic.

At No. 1 Tatjana Maria and Jule Niemeier go head-to-head in an all-German match before David Goffin meets ninth-placed Cameron Norrie, who will carry a nation’s hopes on his shoulders as he attempts to emulate Andy Murray’s title-winning efforts from the years 2013 and 2016.

Matches to watch on Day 9

Center Court – from 1:30pm (10:30pm AEST)
[1] Novak Djokovic (SRB) vs [10] Jannik Sinner (ITA)
Marie Bouzkova (CZE) vs [3] Ons Jabeur (DO)

Dish #1 – from 1pm (10pm AEST)
Tatjana Maria (GER) vs. Jule Niemeier (GER)
David Goffin (BEL) vs [9] Cameron Norrie (GBR)

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Nate Jones

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