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Wimbledon: Marathon men Sousa and Berrettini set up Centre Court fourth round showdowns with Nadal and Federer

Andrew Hendrie in ATP Tour 7 Jul 2019
  • Sousa and Berrettini advance into Wimbledon fourth round for the first time
  • The pair now take on Nadal (Sousa) and Federer (Berrettini) for a spot in their first Grand Slam quarter-final
Joao Sousa (PA Images)

Matteo Berrettini and Joao Sousa survived marathon five-set encounters on Saturday to make the fourth round of Wimbledon for the first time and earn respective shots at Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal on Manic Monday.

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One of the tour’s most improved players in 2019, especially on grass, Berrettini saved three match points to outlast Diego Schwartzman 6-7(5), 7-6(2), 4-6, 7-6(5), 6-3 in what was the longest match of the tournament so far at four hours and 19 minutes.

"[It was] a really tough one. I wasn't feeling so good. I guess also because he was playing good, he was annoying me, the way he plays," Berrettini said. "I was a little bit nervous, too. But the good thing is the match was best of five, so I had time to figure it out and to improve my mind. It was a tough one, definitely."

Berrettini, who has improved his ranking from No. 81 to No. 20 in the last 12 months, has now won 12 of his 13 grass-court matches this year after winning the title in Stuttgart and reaching the semi-finals of Halle before Wimbledon.

Matteo Berrettini (PA Images)
The 23-year-old is also into the second week of a Grand Slam for the first time as he prepares to face eight-time Wimbledon champion Federer, who dismissed Australian Open semi-finalist Lucas Pouille 7-5, 6-2, 7-6(4) in his third round match.

“I saw him play a little bit in Halle. Saw his run, of course, in Stuttgart,” Federer said of Berrettini. “Now he's backing it up here again. That's not easy to do, especially when you're sort of newer on the tour.
”I’m expecting a tough one. I hope he has no energy left after today,” he added, smiling. “I’m sure he'll recover. He's young. I'm sure we'll see a tough match on Monday."

Meanwhile, Sousa made history for his country in a late-night epic against British hope Dan Evans, becoming the first Portuguese player - man or woman - to reach the Round of 16 at Wimbledon.



After taking out 2017 Wimbledon runner-up Marin Cilic in the previous round, Sousa pipped Evans 4-6, 6-4, 7-5, 4-6, 6-4 in three hours and 56 minutes to advance to the second week of The Championships for the first time and the second time at a major overall after also reaching the R16 at the U.S. Open last year.

“It was an unbelievable match,” Sousa said. “The crowd was amazing. I never played such a crowd. I mean, playing on Court 1 at Wimbledon is just a dream come true, winning here, being in the fourth round.
“I made history for my country and I’m really proud to be part of this history. We are a small country but I’m also very proud to be part of this small country.”

Sousa’s reward is a Manic Monday Centre Court showdown with two-time champion and reigning French Open winner Rafael Nadal, who backed up his big win over Nick Kyrgios with a comprehensive 6-2, 6-3, 6-2 win over Jo-Wilfried Tsonga earlier on Saturday.


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Wimbledon: Marathon men Sousa and Berrettini set up Centre Court fourth round showdowns with Nadal and Federer

Matteo Berrettini and Joao Sousa survived marathon five-set encounters on Saturday to make the fourth round of Wimbledon for the first time and earn respective shots at Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal on Manic Monday.

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