ATP Wimbledon R16 Preview: Federer, Nadal and Djokovic seek quarter-final


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ATP Wimbledon R16 Preview: Federer, Nadal and Djokovic seek quarter-final

After a turbulent opening week at the All England Club, the action at Wimbledon continues on Monday with the fourth-round clashes in both men's and women's singles. In the ATP group, Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer headline the day, looking good to book the place in the quarters and stay on the title course.

Besides the best players from the last 15 years, Kei Nishikori is the only remaining top-10 player in the draw, with Dominic Thiem, Alexander Zverev, Stefanos Tsitsipas, Kevin Anderson, Karen Khachanov and Fabio Fognini all bowing out in the first week.

Ugo Humbert (66), Fernando Verdasco (37), Sam Querrey (65), Tennys Sandgren (94), Joao Sousa (69) and Mikhail Kukushkin (58) are the remaining unseeded players left in contention, with four of them hoping to outplay the better-ranked rivals and an all-American clash between Querrey and Sandgren that will give the quarter-finalist.

Nine out of 16 players are older than 30, with the veterans prevailing over the young guns once again to occupy the majority of the round of 16 spots. Roger Federer, Fernando Verdasco and Rafael Nadal are the oldest competitors left in the draw, with Ugo Humbert (21) and Matteo Berrettini (23) defending the colors of the youth as the only duo younger than 27!

Humbert is making a debut at Wimbledon and he is one of five debutants in the fourth round here, joined by Guido Pella, Tennys Sandgren, Joao Sousa and Mikhail Kukushkin who are all enjoying the best run at the All England Club.

The defending champion Novak Djokovic is through to the second week for the 12th time, joining Boris Becker, Jimmy Connors and Roger Federer on that feat, facing the young Frenchman in the battle for the last eight. Rafael Nadal has passed Bjorn Borg with 51 wins at Wimbledon, also competing at the 300th Grand Slam match in the previous round against Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.

Roger Federer has become the first player with 17 fourth-round appearances, also celebrating the 350th Grand Slam victory as the first player in history, staying on the course for the eighth Wimbledon crown. Milos Raonic, Kei Nishikori and Roberto Bautista Agut are yet to lose a set at this year's Wimbledon and it should be interesting to follow the fourth round results on Monday and see who is going to reach the quarters.