Carlos Alcaraz must beat outdated pal Holger Rune to remain heading in the right direction for a possible Wimbledon showdown with Novak Djokovic.
No. 1 Alcaraz and No. 6 Rune will sq. off Wednesday on Centre Court docket for a spot within the semifinals.
They go manner again OK, not that far again, they’re each simply 20, in any case. Rune is six days older than the Spaniard. It is the primary time since 2004 that multiple participant beneath 21 has reached the quarterfinals on the All England Membership.
Rune, who’s from Denmark, misplaced within the first spherical final 12 months in his Wimbledon debut. He is been a two-time quarterfinalist on the French Open.
They’re 1-1 face to face. Rune acknowledged that he peeked forward to this matchup when the draw got here out. He recalled a time taking part in doubles with Alcaraz as youngsters.
It is humorous … as a result of clearly we’re two singles gamers, I’d name us, Rune mentioned.
“When a singles participant performs doubles, they wish to cowl the court docket by themselves. We each attempt to did that a bit of bit, which is enjoyable. Once more, it was good, as a result of he is wonderful.
Hopefully we will do it once more, however now we will battle in opposition to one another.
No. 3 Daniil Medvedev says he loves taking part in on Court docket No. 1 and that is the place he’ll face Chris Eubanks, a big-serving American making his Wimbledon debut at age 27, within the different males’s quarterfinal.
First up on Centre Court docket will probably be defending champion Elena Rybakina and No. 6 Ons Jabeur within the quarterfinals. It is a rematch of final 12 months’s ultimate, which Rybakina gained in three units for her first and up to now solely Grand Slam title.
No. 2 Aryna Sabalenka will face No. 25 Madison Keys within the day’s different ladies’s quarterfinal.