Wimbledon Day 8 | Djokovic fills last place in the quarter-finals

Camille Francis
July 12, 2017

Williams, 37, made her Grand Slam debut the month before Ostapenko, 20, was born.

She would become the first British champion since Virginia Wade in 1977 if that were to happen, but Halep has been to the Wimbledon semi-finals before and was runner-up at Roland Garros this year.

With Wade, the 1977 champion, sitting in the Royal Box, Konta prevented Halep from rising to No. 1 by beating her 6-7 (2), 7-6 (5), 6-4.

The other semifinal will be Garbine Muguruza of Spain against 87th-ranked Magdalena Rybarikova of Slovakia.

At break point, a deep forehand forced Djokovic into a strained backhand response, allowing Mannarino the space for a dropshot that the Serb could only turn into the net. Previously these two players met each other in one match at Wimbledon previous year.

As a outcome, thanks to indecision, Djokovic and Mannarino found themselves opening play 24-hours later on Centre Court, under the roof, as rain also became a factor affecting some of the play on the outside courts. Ostapenko was the 13th seed at Wimbledon after winning the French Open as an unseeded player earlier in the year.

The rain started at about 11:30 a.m.

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Andre Agassi and Mario Ancic - both part of the three-time Wimbledon winner's coaching setup - routinely conversed with a sense of approval throughout as Djokovic maintained his record of not dropping a set en route to the business end of the competition.

A third break of the match came his way at the start of set two, but Mannarino - striking the ball sweetly from a short backlift - fought back admirably from 3-0 down to force a tie-break.

His quarter-final opponent Tomas Berdych, meanwhile, had the best part of an extra day to prepare for their scheduled clash on Wednesday.

But he was still fuming that his match was not shifted to the main show court on Monday evening where play had ended at around 7:45pm (1845GMT).

Adrian Mannarino had a good chance to snap this part of the game, but Joker found the strength to overcome this and came back from behind, doubling the lead.

No. 6 Johanna Konta at Centre Court; and 2016 French Open champion Garbine Muguruza vs. two-time major champion Svetlana Kuznetsova, then 24th-seeded CoCo Vandeweghe of the USA vs. Magdalena Rybarikova of Slovakia.

"Finally when the [Nadal Muller] match was over, we thought, Okay, we have two and a half hours, we can go to Centre Court". We got on the court today and we could play under the roof, ' he said post-match.

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