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Wimbledon 2019 Manic Monday live scores, updates and commentary - Federer, Nadal, Djokovic, Serena, Barty, Halep and more target quarter-finals on blockbuster day of tennis

Live Tennis Staff in News 8 Jul 2019
Wimbledon Day 7 (PA Images)

Key events
11:08 08 Jul

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20:10 08 Jul

GSM Pella d. Raonic 3-6, 4-6, 6-3, 7-6(3), 8-6

19:59 08 Jul

Raonic saves two more match points for 6-6

19:49 08 Jul

Raonic saves match point for 5-5

19:26 08 Jul

GSM Nishikori d. Kukushkin 6-3, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4

19:17 08 Jul

Pella holds from 15-40 to open fifth set

19:13 08 Jul

SET Pella levels up 3-6, 4-6, 6-3, 7-6(2)

19:10 08 Jul

GSM Federer d. Berrettini 6-1, 6-2, 6-2

19:02 08 Jul

Raonic closing in on the win again?

18:55 08 Jul

Pella breaks as Raonic serves for the match

18:50 08 Jul

Berrettini broken to open third set

18:47 08 Jul

Serena, Konta get Centre Court billing tomorrow

18:43 08 Jul

SET Federer leads Berrettini 6-1, 6-2

18:41 08 Jul

SET Nishikori leads Kukushkin 6-3, 3-6, 6-3

18:29 08 Jul

Not a Williams-less doubles day

18:24 08 Jul

Federer breaks to lead 2-1 in the second

18:18 08 Jul

SET Pella pulls one back on Raonic 3-6, 4-6, 6-3

18:14 08 Jul

SET Federer 6-1

18:08 08 Jul

Federer leads Berrettini 4-1

17:56 08 Jul

Federer facing Berrettini in R16

17:53 08 Jul

Djokovic safely through

17:40 08 Jul

Johanna Konta beats Petra Kvitova to move into Wimbledon quarters

17:33 08 Jul

Kvitova saves two match points and breaks for 3-5

17:19 08 Jul

Kvitova holds, but Konta to serve for a spot in the quarter finals

17:17 08 Jul

Djokovic two sets up against Humbert

16:48 08 Jul

Konta levels up at one-set all against Kvitova 4-6 6-2

16:44 08 Jul

Riske pays off against Barty

16:35 08 Jul

Djokovic off to a fast start against Humbert 5-2

16:28 08 Jul

Around the grounds...

16:22 08 Jul

Karolina Pliskova falls to Karolina Muchova 4-6 7-5 13-11

16:17 08 Jul

Muchova holds to lead Pliskova 12-11

16:09 08 Jul

Muchova breaks back to love! 11-11!

16:07 08 Jul

Pliskova breaks and will serve for the match at 11-10 in the third set

15:57 08 Jul

Kvitova up a set on Konta 6-4

15:54 08 Jul

Pliskova-Muchova marathon continues 10-9 in the third set

15:48 08 Jul

Halep beats Gauff 6-3 6-3

15:45 08 Jul

Gauff saves two match points to stay in the tournament

15:38 08 Jul

Halep break! 6-3 4-2

15:36 08 Jul

Halep vs Gauff 6-3 3-2

15:34 08 Jul

Kvitova and Konta on serve 3-3

15:21 08 Jul

Karolina Pliskova serving to stay in the tournament

15:08 08 Jul

Simona Halep takes the first set against Coco Gauff 6-3

15:05 08 Jul

Gauff holds, bu trails Halep by a break

14:55 08 Jul

Rafael Nadal beats Joao Sousa 6-2 6-2 6-2

14:52 08 Jul

Nadal breaks again, and will serve for the match against Sousa 6-2 6-2 5-2

14:48 08 Jul

Verdasco levels up at one-set all against Goffin 6-7 6-2

14:40 08 Jul

Gauff breaks right back! 1-1

14:37 08 Jul

Halep breaks Gauff in opening game

14:31 08 Jul

Nadal breaks in the third set 6-2 6-2 2-1

14:25 08 Jul

Querrey takes first set against against Sandgren 6-4

14:17 08 Jul

Serena Williams moves into Wimbledon quarter finals

13:57 08 Jul

Williams leads 6-2, 3-0

13:44 08 Jul

SET Williams leads CSN 6-2

13:41 08 Jul

SET Nadal leads Sousa 6-2

13:33 08 Jul

GSM Strycova d. Mertens, 4-6, 7-5, 6-2

13:25 08 Jul

Goffin up an early break on Verdasco

13:19 08 Jul

Can Pliskova escape No. 2 curse?

13:16 08 Jul

Serena Williams leads Suarez Navarro 2-0

13:12 08 Jul

Nadal breaks Sousa to open

13:01 08 Jul

GSM Zhang d. Yastremska 6-4, 1-6, 6-2

12:57 08 Jul

GSM Svitolina d. Martic 6-4, 6-2

12:48 08 Jul

GSM Riske d. Barty 3-6, 6-2, 6-3

12:47 08 Jul

SET Strycova levels up 4-6, 7-5 vs Mertens

12:44 08 Jul

Riske breaks & will serve for the match

12:37 08 Jul

Barty holds from 15-30 for 3-3

12:32 08 Jul

Riske saves break point to lead 3-2

12:28 08 Jul

Barty pushed to deuce but holds for 2-2

12:25 08 Jul

MTO for Martic

12:22 08 Jul

SET Yastremska levels up 4-6, 6-1 vs Zhang

12:18 08 Jul

Barty in danger

12:14 08 Jul

SET Riske levels up 3-6, 6-2 vs Barty

12:12 08 Jul

SET Svitolina leads Martic 6-4

12:08 08 Jul

Svitolina to serve for the set at 5-4

12:05 08 Jul

Svitolina & Martic locked at 4-4

12:02 08 Jul

Riske up 4-1 in second set

11:52 08 Jul

SET Mertens leads Strycova 6-4

11:48 08 Jul

SET Zhang leads Yastremska 6-4

11:44 08 Jul

SET Barty leads Riske 6-3

11:42 08 Jul

Barty breaks again for 5-3

11:37 08 Jul

Riske breaks back for 3-4

11:31 08 Jul

Svitolina breaks to lead 3-2

11:23 08 Jul

Barty breaks to lead 3-1

11:17 08 Jul

Barty holds from 0-30 to lead 2-1

11:12 08 Jul

Is Barty at Riske?

11:02 08 Jul

Here we go! Who's first up?

10:45 08 Jul

Where are the men's thrillers going to come from?

10:42 08 Jul

Order of play for day 7 at Wimbledon 2019

10:29 08 Jul

Recap: Day 6

10:20 08 Jul

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11:08 08 Jul

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20:10 08 Jul

GSM Pella d. Raonic 3-6, 4-6, 6-3, 7-6(3), 8-6

Pella's fourth match point comes courtesy of a netted volley from Raonic at deuce at 6-7 - and he nets the pickup! Guido Pella is into his first quarterfinal at Wimbledon! 
19:59 08 Jul

Raonic saves two more match points for 6-6

At 5-6, Raonic double-faults himself into trouble for 15-30, then Pella sets up two more match points.

Raonic saves the first with a nerveless serve and volley - and the second with an ace for deuce.

He holds for 6-6 as this set continues ...
19:49 08 Jul

Raonic saves match point for 5-5

Tremendous returning game from Pella to set up match point, but Raonic is equal to the challenge, making a tricky cross-court volley for deuce.

He goes on to hold.
19:26 08 Jul

GSM Nishikori d. Kukushkin 6-3, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4

It's back-to-back Wimbledon quarterfinals for Kei Nishikori as he ends the inspired run of Mikhail Kukushkin.

His reward? He'll face Roger Federer - against whom he is 3-7 - in the quarterfinals on Wednesday.
19:17 08 Jul

Pella holds from 15-40 to open fifth set

Down 15-40 as he serves to open the fifth set, Pella saves both break points - the first with a very finely-judged dipping forehand cross-court pass which forced a volley error from Raonic - and holds with a drop shot that Raonic just about chases down but can't get over the net. 
19:13 08 Jul

SET Pella levels up 3-6, 4-6, 6-3, 7-6(2)

Pella takes an immediate mini-break lead and consolidates for 2-0 as Raonic slaps a forehand into the net. Make that 3-0 with a good serve and a short ball whipped away.

Raonic gets one back, but Pella hits an amazing cross-court backhand clean return winner off Raonic's first serve for 4-1. That's not easy to do. And it gives him a lead Raonic is never able to close. 

Milos Raonic served for the match - but here he is in a fifth set after a brilliant tie-break from Pella.
19:10 08 Jul

GSM Federer d. Berrettini 6-1, 6-2, 6-2

The less said about that, the better.

Federer is into the Wimbledon quarterfinals for the 5,497th time, to face Kei Nishkori or Mikhail Kukushkin,

I think Berrettini may have been struggling with a calf injury, but honestly, not an impressive display.
19:02 08 Jul

Raonic closing in on the win again?

Milos Raonic bounces back from having failed to serve the match out as he comes up with a storming hold to lead 6-5 in the fourth. Can Pella take this to a tie-break?
18:55 08 Jul

Pella breaks as Raonic serves for the match

Raonic had a chance to close out the win, but break point down, he clumsily fumbles a forehand volley into the net and Pella is back on serve at 4-5 in the fourth.
18:50 08 Jul

Berrettini broken to open third set

Berrettini is broken to start the third set as he absolutely stones a drop volley into the net from right on top of it, which about summarizes what he's brought to this match.

Federer holds to 15 to lead 2-0.
18:47 08 Jul

Serena, Konta get Centre Court billing tomorrow

The order of play for women's quarterfinals day is out. 

Unsurprisingly, Serena Williams vs Alison Riske and Johanna Konta vs Barbora Strycova have been given Centre Court billing.

Simona Halep vs Zhang Shuai and Elina Svitolina vs Karolina Muchova are on No. 1.
18:43 08 Jul

SET Federer leads Berrettini 6-1, 6-2

Just 46 minutes on the clock and Roger Federer is already two-thirds of the way into the quarterfinals (and a potential clash with Nishikori).

The good news for Berrettini is that he, Berrettini, didn't drop a single point on his first serve in that set. The bad news? He only made 27% of first serves. Again, the big serve is kind of Berrettini's thing.

Berretini heads off with a towel over his head, as well he should, to be honest.


18:41 08 Jul

SET Nishikori leads Kukushkin 6-3, 3-6, 6-3

Nishikori rebounds well from losing a set for the first time this tournament as he surges back to take a two-sets-to-one lead on Kukushkin - he's one set from reaching back-to-back Wimbledon quarterfinals.
18:29 08 Jul

Not a Williams-less doubles day

Franko Skugor, who together with Nikola Mektic put Andy Murray and Pierre-Hugues Herbert out of the men's doubles, is currently teamed up with Raluca Olaru of Romania to take on the all-American pairing of Frances Tiafoe and Venus Williams.
18:24 08 Jul

Federer breaks to lead 2-1 in the second

Break point for Federer arrives in the third game courtesy of a dinked half-volley by Federer at net which Berrettini chases down but, apparently too intimidated to go straight at the body a la Kyrgios, instead opts for losing the point by framing it wildly out of court. 1-1, 30-40.

Second serve, Federer in - and Berrettini's pass attempt wildly wide.
18:18 08 Jul

SET Pella pulls one back on Raonic 3-6, 4-6, 6-3

Former finalist Milos Raonic looked to be cruising into the quarterfinals once more but Argentina's Pella takes the third set to keep the contest alive.

Remember, Pella beat Marin Cilic here last year and Kevin Anderson in the last round. So not only does he clearly know how to handle a big server on grass, but he's also going for the hat-trick of former finalists.
18:14 08 Jul

SET Federer 6-1

With his second ace, Federer seals a blink-and-you-missed-it first set over Berrettini, winning 93% of his first serves to Berrettini's 38% and 24 points to 8.
18:08 08 Jul

Federer leads Berrettini 4-1

That didn't take long - 12 minutes on the clock and Federer has already established a commanding lead on Berrettini, breaking and consolidating to lead 4-1. Berrettini's unforced errors mounting - 7 as he goes down 0-30 on his serve at 1-4 to Federer's 0.

Can the ATP muster no meaningful opposition to the Big Three?
17:56 08 Jul

Federer facing Berrettini in R16

Could be a tough one for Federer this, as Berrettini has been playing very well on grass this season...

Winner goes on to play Nishikori or Kukushkin in the last eight.
17:53 08 Jul

Djokovic safely through

Defending champion, Novak Djokovic books his spot in the quarter finals with a 6-3 6-2 6-3 victory over Frenchman, Ugo Humbert.

The world No. 1 will play David Goffin in the last eight.
17:40 08 Jul

Johanna Konta beats Petra Kvitova to move into Wimbledon quarters

It was very tense in the end, as Konta failed to serve it out at the first time of asking, but she made no mistakes this time around to close out a fine 4-6 6-2 6-4 victory.

She will play Barbora Strycova in the last eight.
17:33 08 Jul

Kvitova saves two match points and breaks for 3-5

Not done yet is the two-time champion, as she saves two match points and converts her fourth break point of the game to keep this match going!
17:19 08 Jul

Kvitova holds, but Konta to serve for a spot in the quarter finals

Petra Kvitova drops the first point as she serves to stay in the tournament, but the Czech wins the next four points to keep her hopes alive.

She is still a double break behind Konta, who will serve for the mat h next.
17:17 08 Jul

Djokovic two sets up against Humbert

The world No. 1 is cruising along, leading Humbert 6-3 6-2...
16:48 08 Jul

Konta levels up at one-set all against Kvitova 4-6 6-2

A fine response to dropping the first set from Johanna Konta, who breaks twice to take the second set.

Down to a final set shootout!
16:44 08 Jul

Riske pays off against Barty

What a day it has been in the women's draw, with the No. 1 and No. 3 seeds crashing out- Karolina Pliskova's exit following Ashleigh Barty's loss to Alison Riske earlier in the day.
16:35 08 Jul

Djokovic off to a fast start against Humbert 5-2

No early problems for Novak Djokovic against French young gun, Ugo Humbert- the world No. 1 holds for 5-2, Humbert serving to stay in the set...
16:28 08 Jul

Around the grounds...

David Goffin has beaten Fernando Verdasco in fourth set to move into the quarter finals, where he could meet Novak Djokovic, while Roberto Bautista Agut earlier booked his quarter final berth with a straight sets win over Benoit Paire.

RBA didnt't reach a major quarter final before the start of 2019- he has made two this year. Will play Milos Raonic or Guido Pella in the last eight.
16:22 08 Jul

Karolina Pliskova falls to Karolina Muchova 4-6 7-5 13-11

What a performance, and what a talent Karolina Muchova is!

If you haven't watched her play, please try have a look!

The young Czech unfurls a forehand return winner to get to 0-40- three match points, but here comes Pliskova!

the No. 3 seed erases one match point with a forehand winner, and another with a wrongfooting backhand winner, but what a cruel way to end the match, as a Muchova groundstroke clips the top of the net and drops on Pliskova's half of the court!

Muchova apologises, and then celebrates, as she should.

She is a delightful player, and she will play Elina Svitolina in her first Grand Slam quarter final.
16:17 08 Jul

Muchova holds to lead Pliskova 12-11

Karolina Muchova has got everything- power, touch, movement- and she is entertaining this crowd with all her skills.

She gets pegged back to deuce from 40-0, but she digs very deep and pulls out a hold.

Pliskova must hold to stay in the tournament, and force the first ever championship tie break at Wimbledon.
16:09 08 Jul

Muchova breaks back to love! 11-11!

Tremendous effort from Muchova!

She cracks a forehand down the line to open the game; before a wayward Pliskova forehand helps her compatriot to 0-30.

A slice backhand lob from Muchova lands just inside the baseline, and a break to love is complete with a Pliskova double fault!

On we go!
16:07 08 Jul

Pliskova breaks and will serve for the match at 11-10 in the third set

For the second time in the match, Pliskova will attempt to serve out the set...

Don't count out Muchova- she has fought gamely in this match...
15:57 08 Jul

Kvitova up a set on Konta 6-4

Not the cleanest set from Kvitova- 11 winners, 18 unforced error, but she won the most important points, converting 1/1 break points, and saving the two break points she saved.
15:54 08 Jul

Pliskova-Muchova marathon continues 10-9 in the third set

For the umpteenth time, Pliskova's serving to stay in the tournament...

How much longer can she keep doing that?
15:48 08 Jul

Halep beats Gauff 6-3 6-3

It's the end of a sensational run for Coco Gauff, who falls 6-3 6-3 to Simona Halep.

What a tournament it was for the 15-year-old American. We will be hearing a lot more about her.

We will be seeing a lot more of Halep at Wimbledon 2019, as she backs up a brilliant win over Victoria Azarenka with another efficient performance against Gauff.

She will play Zhang Shuai in the last eight. Huge opportunity to make a second Wimbledon semi-final.
15:45 08 Jul

Gauff saves two match points to stay in the tournament

I think we've heard that before, but surely Gauff cannot do it again?

Halep is serving for a spot in the quarter finals 6-3 5-3...
15:38 08 Jul

Halep break! 6-3 4-2

Error-strewn game from Gauff to gift the break back to Halep, who is now two games away from a spot in the quarter finals for the fourth time in six years.
15:36 08 Jul

Halep vs Gauff 6-3 3-2

Halep lead by a break in the second set, but Gauff broke right back, and we are on serve at 3-2 in the third...
15:34 08 Jul

Kvitova and Konta on serve 3-3

Nothing to choose between Johanna Konta and Petra Kvitova, as they split the first six games.
15:21 08 Jul

Karolina Pliskova serving to stay in the tournament

Pliskova served for the match at 5-4 in the third set, but now, she has to hold to stay in the tournament at 5-6.
15:08 08 Jul

Simona Halep takes the first set against Coco Gauff 6-3

A very competitive set, but Halep's greater consistency shone through in the end, as she hooks a forehand winner crosscourt to seal the opening set.
15:05 08 Jul

Gauff holds, bu trails Halep by a break

Very competitive start to this match, but it's Halep who's got herself in front.

The Romanian is pushing hard for the double break, but Gauff stays tough, and holds to stay in touch.
14:55 08 Jul

Rafael Nadal beats Joao Sousa 6-2 6-2 6-2

Sealed with an ace!

A clinical performance from Rafael Nadal, who eases past Sousa to move into the quarter finals, where he will face Sam Querrey or Tennys Sandgren.
14:52 08 Jul

Nadal breaks again, and will serve for the match against Sousa 6-2 6-2 5-2

Nadal rifles another backhand winner crosscourt to get another break- he's serving for a spot in the quarter finals...
14:48 08 Jul

Verdasco levels up at one-set all against Goffin 6-7 6-2

It's one set all between Fernando Verdasco and David Goffin, as the Spanish left-hander produces a magnificent forehand winner down the line to close out the second set.

Meanwhile, Roberto Bautista Agut is up two sets to love, and a double break in the third set against Benoit Paire.6-3 7-5 3-0. Closing in on a spot in the quarters is RBA...
14:40 08 Jul

Gauff breaks right back! 1-1

Gauff's not afraid to go toe-to-toe with Halep from the back of the court, and she extracts a couple of errors from the Romanian to get back on serve.
14:37 08 Jul

Halep breaks Gauff in opening game

Not the ideal start for American sensation Gauff, who drops her serve in the opening game of her fourth round clash against Simona Halep.

Good break point too- long rally, punctuated with a backhand slice pass from Halep.
14:31 08 Jul

Nadal breaks in the third set 6-2 6-2 2-1

A stunning sequence of points from Nadal to break.

The great man shows brilliant athleticism and touch to get up to a short ball and flick a sublime no-look winner to bring up break point, and he rips a backhand winner crosscourt to get the break.

He's cruising into the quarter finals...
14:25 08 Jul

Querrey takes first set against against Sandgren 6-4

Former semi-finalist, Sam Querrey is a set to the good against fellow American, Tennys Sandgren. 
14:17 08 Jul

Serena Williams moves into Wimbledon quarter finals

Another excellent win for Serena who beats Carla Suarez Navarro 6-2 6-2 to move into the last eight.

She's looking in ominous form, Serena- she'll face Alison Riske in the quarter finals.
13:57 08 Jul

Williams leads 6-2, 3-0

Williams up a double break in the second set to lead 3-0.

She isn't quite having absolutely everything her own way - Suarez Navarro is battling gamely - but there just isn't enough on the Spanish player's ball to trouble Williams. It's hitting practice for the American (not that she needs it).
13:44 08 Jul

SET Williams leads CSN 6-2

I gather Williams was denied a break point after having been seen to reach across the net to play the ball, but it doesn't matter in the overall scheme of things.

She's now 13-0 in sets vs Suarez Navarro.
13:41 08 Jul

SET Nadal leads Sousa 6-2

Nadal wraps up a straightforward first set with a backhand passing shot winner and celebrates with a small hop in the air.
13:33 08 Jul

GSM Strycova d. Mertens, 4-6, 7-5, 6-2

Scenes as Barbora Strycova, who has been making retirement noises recently, wraps up a tremendous comeback victory over Elise Mertens.

Mertens served for the match at 5-3 in the second set and then lost 10 of the next 12 games. The Belgian had the trainer out frequently. But what an incredible win for Strycova, who is into the Wimbledon quarterfinals for the second time in her career and could face the same opponent she did last time - compatriot Petra Kvitova. Or Johanna Konta. We'll find out later.
13:25 08 Jul

Goffin up an early break on Verdasco

David Goffin, who pulled off a big comeback against Daniil Medvedev in the fifth set in the last round, has taken an early break lead on Fernando Verdasco in one of the few men's matches that promised not to be deadly dull today.
13:19 08 Jul

Can Pliskova escape No. 2 curse?

Third seed Karolina Pliskova, who won Eastbourne coming in, has never made it to the quarterfinals of Wimbledon - and she has a history of losing to unheralded opponents on No. 2 Court.

Which is where she's been scheduled today, to face her younger (and extremely talented) compatriot Karolina Muchova. It's on serve so far at 3-2.
13:16 08 Jul

Serena Williams leads Suarez Navarro 2-0

Serena Williams has never dropped a set to Carla Suarez Navarro or even come close to doing so in their five previous meetings. And she may well not do so today.
13:12 08 Jul

Nadal breaks Sousa to open

In a match that I certainly wouldn't have scheduled on Centre Court, with the expected level of competitiveness, Rafael Nadal is just starting against Joao Sousa.

This is the first meeting between the two in three years. Sousa got one game the first time they played, but did take a set from Nadal in Madrid in 2016 (although worth noting that Nadal would pull out of the French Open injured that year and it was hardly his best clay season).

Sousa won a late-night marathon with Dan Evans to become the first Portuguese player into the round of 16 at Wimbledon, but it would be a shock if he provided more than token resistance to Nadal, who has been on devastating form so far.

And Nadal breaks to open.
13:01 08 Jul

GSM Zhang d. Yastremska 6-4, 1-6, 6-2

Dayana Yastremska can't follow compatriot Svitolina into the quarterfinals as she falls in three sets to Zhang Shuai.

Zhang is the first Chinese player to make the quarterfinals since Li Na in 2013 - she was a quarterfinalist at the Australian Open in 2016, before which tournament she was thinking about retiring.

Fun fact: Zhang was 0-5 in Wimbledon main-draw matches before this fortnight. Now she's into the quarterfinals to face Halep or Gauff.
12:57 08 Jul

GSM Svitolina d. Martic 6-4, 6-2

The first eight games were an absolute war and then Svitolina ran away with it as Martic faded physically.

The eighth seed is into the quarterfinals of a Grand Slam for the fourth time - first time at Wimbledon. She'll face one of the Czech Karolinas - Muchova or Pliskova - for a place in a first Grand Slam semifinal. Big for her after an injury-hampered season.
12:48 08 Jul

GSM Riske d. Barty 3-6, 6-2, 6-3

Barty has a foothold on Riske's serve at 15-30, but the American produces a big forehand into the corner behind her serve for the error. Fearless.

And Riske has a match point with a service winner, converted as Barty misses a backhand down the line.

12:47 08 Jul

SET Strycova levels up 4-6, 7-5 vs Mertens

Elise Mertens served for the match. Then Barbora Strycova won four games in a row to take it to a decider. 
12:44 08 Jul

Riske breaks & will serve for the match

A 15-30 foothold again for Riske on Barty's serve, and if the American breaks here, she'll be serving for the match.

Barty finds a powerful forehand for 30-30, but Riske strikes a clean backhand return winner off her second serve for break point - and then a forehand winner down the line to break!
12:37 08 Jul

Barty holds from 15-30 for 3-3

A powerful forehand down the line from Barty for 15-0, but she double-faults for 15-15 - understandable given the pressure her second serve has been under. And she slices long under pressure for 15-30. Just relentless pace, depth and pressure from Riske. I realize I've used the word 'pressure' too many times but there you are.

A service winner from Barty down the T for 30-30 - and she finds more big serves to hold.
12:32 08 Jul

Riske saves break point to lead 3-2

Now a slight foothold for Barty, who gets Riske on the run for an error and 15-30. But she wallops a forehand long for 30-30.

A long backhand-to-backhand exchange - and it's Riske who cracks first, sending a forehand wide off a deep Barty central slice. 

Brilliant point from both women but it's Riske who gets on top and survives with a short backhand drive volley for deuce. 

Barty hits an absolute stunner of a cross-court forehand, but Riske's volley is equal to it for game point - just too good from the American, and she holds as Barty's forehand goes wide.
12:28 08 Jul

Barty pushed to deuce but holds for 2-2

After hitting an absolutely scorching backhand pass winner and holding to love in the previous game, Riske pushes to 30-30 on the Barty serve.

Only Barty's 12th ace saves her as she gets to game point - but she can't find a first serve on the next point, and she ends up slicing a backhand wide for deuce. 

Barty attacks the net and finds a great forehand volley for game point - and holds as Riske's forehand flies.
12:25 08 Jul

MTO for Martic

After losing four games in a row to Elina Svitolina to trail by a set and a break, 4-6, 0-1, Petra Martic calls the trainer for what looks like a back issue.
12:22 08 Jul

SET Yastremska levels up 4-6, 6-1 vs Zhang

Coco Gauff isn't the only teenager in the mix in the second week of Wimbledon. 19-year-old Dayana Yastremska, who already has three WTA titles to her name, has surged back from losing the second to set to level with Zhang.
12:18 08 Jul

Barty in danger

That's the first set Ash Barty has dropped since the semifinals of the French Open, and it was all about not being able to find first serves. 

Riske is really, really flying here - definite upset alert for the world no. 1. And Riske holds to love to open the third set with an ace. 
12:14 08 Jul

SET Riske levels up 3-6, 6-2 vs Barty

Barty, serving to stay in the second set, finds herself pushed to 30-30 behind more ferocious returning from Riske.

This really is a huge test for the Australian, the biggest she's faced since becoming world no. 1. 

And it's set point for Riske as she punishes a second serve with another tremendous return - and she takes it as she passes Barty down the line!
12:12 08 Jul

SET Svitolina leads Martic 6-4

A lob winner and an ace from Svitolina on her way to closing out the first set in 65 minutes.
12:08 08 Jul

Svitolina to serve for the set at 5-4

Svitolina takes a leaf out of drop-shot queen Martic's book with her own drop shot and volley combination for 15-40.

The Croatian saves one break point with a service winner - but Svitolina pushes Martic back behind the baseline and plays a deft drop shot for a clean winner to break and lead 5-4.
12:05 08 Jul

Svitolina & Martic locked at 4-4

Elina Svitolina and Petra Martic are still locked in battle in the first set, having taken an hour to play eight games.

Svitolina, who was up a break earlier but got pulled back, saves break point and holds with an ace for 4-4.
12:02 08 Jul

Riske up 4-1 in second set

The first set was so close, and it's Riske who has taken the lead in the second, serving to consolidate a break for 3-1.

She's pegged back to deuce by a half-volley lob from Barty, but finds a big serve down the T for game point and holds with a deep second serve for 4-1.
11:52 08 Jul

SET Mertens leads Strycova 6-4

Elise Mertens's progress through the draw has been quiet so far, although she played a thriller against Wang Qiang, but the Belgian has been an Australian Open semifinalist and she can play against top players - just look at her run to the Qatar Total Open title in February.

She breaks Barbora Strycova, who ousted Kiki Bertens in the last round, to lead 6-4.
11:48 08 Jul

SET Zhang leads Yastremska 6-4

Zhang Shuai is, if I'm not mistaken, attempting to be the first Chinese player to make the quarterfinals of Wimbledon since the iconic Li Na did it in 2013.

She's off to a great start, taking a hard-fought first set over the extremely promising Yastremska.
11:44 08 Jul

SET Barty leads Riske 6-3

That was some of the finest tennis this tournament has seen so far, and it goes to world no. 1 Ashleigh Barty, who serves 8 aces, wins 93% of points behind her first serve, and hits 13 winners to 5 unforced errors.

She's now one set away from her first Wimbledon quarterfinal.
11:42 08 Jul

Barty breaks again for 5-3

Barty breaks back! So good from the Australian, whose drive backhand really shines in this game - she hammers a backhand up the line past Riske at net to break and give herself a chance to close out the set. 
11:37 08 Jul

Riske breaks back for 3-4

Alison Riske is by no means done in this set. She battles to a very hard-fought hold to stay in touch, then breaks Barty, setting up break point with two absolutely hammered flat backhands and converting.

Stats show Barty is winning only 36% of points behind her second serve; Riske is winning 80% behind hers. 
11:31 08 Jul

Svitolina breaks to lead 3-2

Elina Svitolina came into this tournament 0-2 on grass and really struggling for some months now with a knee injury. She dodged a bullet when Margarita Gasparyan had to retire when she was leading by a set, and survived a tough challenge from Maria Sakkari in the third round to give herself a chance to make her first Wimbledon quarterfinal.

Up against French Open quarterfinalist Petra Martic, she's taken a narrow 3-2 lead. Early days, but Svitolina as potential semifinalist or even finalist from the bottom half of the draw? Nobody saw that coming.
11:23 08 Jul

Barty breaks to lead 3-1

Riske's turn to go down 0-30 - and Barty threads a backhand slice passing shot down the line that there WAS NOT space for, for 15-40! 

The world no. 1 breaks as Riske's forehand drifts wide.
11:17 08 Jul

Barty holds from 0-30 to lead 2-1

Missed this, but Barty didn't just hold to love to open, she hit four aces. Stylish.

She's down 0-30 in her second service game, but bangs down two aces for 30-30, and outlasts Riske in a long baseline exchange for 40-30. Noticeable that she was driving her backhand rather than slicing it - doesn't want to give Riske any opportunity to come to net if she can avoid it, I assume.

Deuce as Barty slices a backhand into the net off a deep return, but plays a forehand winner into the corner off the back foot for game point - that was so well done because that return was on her shoelaces! My goodness, she is having to be sharp in these early exchanges.

A second-serve return pegs Barty back to deuce again, but she holds as Riske buries a forehand in the net. 
11:12 08 Jul

Is Barty at Riske?

In these days of homogenized surface speeds and with so few tournaments played on grass, it's difficult to be a grass-court specialist - but Alison Riske is one of that rare breed. 

The American with the flat forehand absolutely loves playing on grass - the very first WTA Tour main-draw wins of her career came when she made the semifinals of Birmingham as a qualifier in 2010, and she has consistently performed her best on grass, including just a few weeks ago when she pulled off a brilliant comeback against Kiki Bertens in the 's-Hertogenbosch final.

She's also won her only previous match with Barty, on grass in Eastbourne in 2016. But that was when the Australian had literally just returned from her sabbatical from tennis. Now she's world no. 1 (and no slouch on grass herself, either).

Barty, who has barely been broken this tournament, holds to love to open.
11:02 08 Jul

Here we go! Who's first up?

There's the sound of genteel applause as players take to the courts and, to me, it is as good as a starting pistol because Manic Monday at Wimbledon is now, officially, happening.

Who's up first? Singles-wise, a slew of women's matches. World no. 1 Ashleigh Barty is out on No. 2 Court to face grass-court specialist Alison Riske.

Eighth seed Elina Svitolina, who has never made the quarterfinals at Wimbledon, is taking on French Open quarterfinalist Petra Martic on No. 3 Court. 

Barbora Strycova, the all-court Czech player who took out Kiki Bertens, is facing 21st seed Elise Mertens on Court 12. 

And China's Zhang Shuai, who knocked out Caroline Wozniacki, is taking on the second Ukrainian player to be in the last 16, the very talented young Dayana Yastremska on Court 18. 
10:45 08 Jul

Where are the men's thrillers going to come from?

It's been something of a consensus among tennis aficionados since the fourth round was confirmed - there are plenty of must-watch matches on the women's side, but does the men's look a little ... dull?

Of course it's always great to have Federer, Nadal and Djokovic on the order of play, but they are all three expected to win their matches quite easily, while the other men's matches don't necessarily look like ones to get the pulse racing.

I am pinning my hopes on 23-year-old Matteo Berrettini, the big-serving Italian who has been shooting up the rankings in 2019 and has a 12-1 record on grass this year, to give Federer a bit of a scare ...
10:42 08 Jul

Order of play for day 7 at Wimbledon 2019

Here's what is coming up on the three biggest courts on Monday and, as you can tell, it's a fairly stellar line-up of the best players in the world.

As always, please click on the highlighted links for in-depth match analysis and click here to see the full order of play for all courts.

10:29 08 Jul

Recap: Day 6

Here's what you may have missed on day 6 (Saturday) while you were ... what can you have been doing? Having some sort of life? Don't you know it's Wimbledon?

- Andy Murray and Serena Williams (aka SerAndy, aka Murrena, aka Sirena, aka Andy Williams, OK, some of those were just mine) got off to a winning start in the mixed doubles

- Marathon men Joao Sousa and Matteo Berrettini won absolute epics to set up Centre Court clashes with Nadal and Federer respectively


10:20 08 Jul

Wimbledon 2019 live blog: Manic Monday!

Welcome to the live blog for day seven of Wimbledon 2019, otherwise known as Manic Monday, the busiest (and arguably greatest) day of the tennis year!

I hope you had a relaxing and serene Middle Sunday because there is going to be absolutely no pause in the action today once play gets going at 11am BST.

So: Stay hydrated, have slow-release energy snacks to hand and stick with me here, because here is where we will be providing live updates, results, scores and commentary throughout the day as the last 16 become the last eight and the mere competitors are separated from the contenders.


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Could we ask for a bigger or better Manic Monday at Wimbledon? We’ve got the ‘Big 3’ of Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic in action on the men’s side, while there’s a number of intriguing storylines playing out in the women’s draw, with World No. 1 Ashleigh Barty and seven-time Wimbledon champion Serena Williams attempting to set up a dream quarter-final, while 15-year-old Cori Gauff looks to keep spectacular run going against former No. 1 Simona Halep and home hope Johanna Konta comes up against two-time winner Petra Kvitova on Centre Court.

As always, the action on Centre Court and No. 1 Court begins at 1.00pm local time. Nadal launches proceedings on Centre when he squares off against Joao Sousa, the marathon man from Portugal who is the first player from his country to make the second week at Wimbledon. After years of shaky results at Wimbledon, Nadal is beginning to find his feet again at the Championships - can he make the quarter-finals for the second straight year?

Konta, back at her best after making the French Open semi-finals last month, will have the Centre Court crowd on her side as she tries to return to the Wimbledon quarter-finals against Kvitova, who hasn’t dropped a set in her first three matches despite not playing a lead-in event on grass after withdrawing from Roland Garros with an arm injury. Will that lack of matches catch up to her for the Czech’s first real test of The Championships?

Rounding out the day on Centre Court is eight-time champion Roger Federer, who also faces his first true challenge of the tournament against the in-form Matteo Berrettini. The Italian has won 12 of his 13 matches on grass this season and has the weapons to trouble Federer, who has been solid without needing to be spectacular in his first three rounds.

Serena Williams, fresh off another straight sets win over Julia Goerges in a rematch of last year’s semi-finals in the third round on Saturday, faces Spaniard Carla Suarez Navarro in the first match on No. 1 Court, with that match to be followed by teenage sensation Gauff, who has lit up the tournament during the first week. Can the 15-year-old do the unthinkable (before the tournament) and conquer Halep to reach the quarter-finals? It’s unlikely, but hey, much stranger things have happened….

World No. 1 and defending champion Novak Djokovic then takes to No. 1 Court as he sets his sights on an 11th Wimbledon quarter-final against Ugo Humbert - the 21-year-old rising star from France who’s swinging left-handed serve is working a treat on the lawns. Playing in his first fourth round at a slam, is there any chance Humbert can trouble the top seed?

There’s plenty of action to whet your appetite around the grounds before the big guns get going on the show courts. From 11.00am local time, World No. 1 Ash Barty looks to make the quarter-finals of Wimbledon for the first time, but she also faces her first big test of The Championships as she comes up against the big-serving Alison Riske, who is having a wonderful grass swing and poses the weapons to do some real damage to the Australian.

Eastbourne champion Karolina Pliskova is flying under the radar with all the other big names in action, but the the third seed will fancy her chances of making a first Wimbledon quarter-final against rising compatriot Karolina Muchova - as will the similarly under-the-radar Kei Nishikori, who takes on the unseeded Mikhail Kukushkin.

The remaining R16 matches take place on No. 2 Court, No. 3 Court, Court 12 and Court 18, while men’s, women’s and mixed doubles action continues and the junior tournaments get underway.

It’s shaping up to be another chaotic Manic Monday at The Championships - join us from around the grounds from first point to last as we bring you all the latest live scores, results, breaking news and more!


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Wimbledon 2019 Manic Monday live scores, updates and commentary - Federer, Nadal, Djokovic, Serena, Barty, Halep and more target quarter-finals on blockbuster day of tennis

It’s one of the greatest days on the tennis calendar as Manic Monday at Wimbledon sees all 16 fourth round matches in the men’s and women’s singles take place around the grounds at the All England Club: live scores, updates and commentary live from Day 7 of The Championships 2019.

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