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Jonathan Davies in Wimbledon 01 Jul 2022
Norrie is through to round four for the first time at a Grand Slam (Roger Parker / Alamy Stock Photo)

Cameron Norrie sealed his first fourth-round appearance at Wimbledon after soaring past Steve Johnson 6-4 6-1 6-0 on Friday.

The ninth seed dominated proceedings on Centre Court as he became the first British male since Andy Murray in 2017 to reach round four at SW19.

After a tight opening set against Johnson, who defeated Ryan Peniston in the previous round, Norrie crucially broke in the final game to draw first blood.

And it was one-way traffic thereon; the British number one won 12 of the next 13 games as he marched into unchartered territory at a Grand Slam.

The same can be said of his fourth-round opponent Tommy Paul, who continued his impressive main-draw debut with a straight-sets victory over Jiri Vesely.

Meanwhile, Heather Watson also delighted her home crowd on No.1 Court; progressing to the last 16 of a Slam for the first time after seeing off Kaja Juvan 7-6(6) 6-2.

Next up for Watson is world number 97 Jule Niemeier, who built on her impressive victory over second seed Anett Kontaveit by seeing off Lesia Tsurenko in three sets.

Elsewhere in the Ladies’ draw, third seed Ons Jabeur won 13 of the last 14 points in her 6-2 6-3 defeat of Diane Parry. The Tunisian will now face Elise Mertens after the 24th seed denied 2018 champion Angelique Kerber 6-4 7-5.

However, Maria Sakkari’s wait to reach round four at the All England Club goes on. The fifth seed was ousted in straight sets by Tatjana Maria who, at 34 years and 328 days, became the oldest German female to reach the last 16 at a Slam.

Maria’s reward is a showdown with Jelena Ostapenko after the 2018 semi-finalist won 12 of the last 13 games as she came from behind to beat Irina-Camelia Begu 3-6 6-1 6-1.

Meanwhile, reigning champion Novak Djokovic recorded his 24th successive victory at Wimbledon; putting compatriot Miomir Kecmanovic to the sword 6-0 6-3 6-4.

Standing in his way of a quarter-final place is Slam debutant Tim van Rijthoven, who continued his impressive run with a straight-sets win over 22nd seed Nikoloz Basilashvili.

Carlos Alcaraz also continued to shine; the fifth seed racing past Oscar Otte 6-3 6-1 6-2. That quickfire victory set up a mouth-watering showdown with Jannik Sinner, who defeated John Isner in straight sets to become the first player born after 2001 to reach the fourth round at all four Slams.

Despite bowing out, Isner managed to break Ivo Karlovic’s long-standing world record for most aces in ATP history; taking his career tally to a staggering 13,748.


Wimbledon 2022 Results

Friday July 1

Centre Court
Diane Parry 2-6 3-6 Ons Jabeur
Novak Djokovic 6-0 6-3 6-4 Miomir Kecmanovic
Cameron Norrie 6-4 6-1 6-0 Steve Johnson

No.1 Court
Heather Watson 7-6(6) 6-2 Kaja Juvan
Angelique Kerber 4-6 5-7 Elise Mertens
Oscar Otte 3-6 1-6 2-6 Carlos Alcaraz

No.2 Court
Frances Tiafoe 3-6 7-6(1) 7-6(3) 6-4 Alexander Bublik
Maria Sakkari 3-6 5-7 Tatjana Maria
Jannik Sinner 6-4 7-6(4) 6-3 John Isner

No.3 Court
Irina-Camelia Begu 6-3 1-6 1-6 Jelena Ostapenko
Maxime Cressy 4-6 4-6 6-3 6-7(1) Jack Sock
Tommy Paul 6-3 6-2 6-2 Jiri Vesely
Shuai Zhang 6-7(3) 6-7(6) Caroline Garcia

Court 12
Nikoloz Basilashvili 4-6 3-6 4-6 Tim Van Rijthoven
Marie Bouzkova 6-2 6-3 Alison Riske

Court 18
Lesia Tsurenko 4-6 6-3 3-6 Jule Niemeier
Ugo Humbert 6-4 5-7 2-6 5-7 David Goffin

Court 16
Dennis Novak 3-6 4-6 4-6 Jason Kubler

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