Federer back into 58th grand slam quarters

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Roger Federer has weathered a first-set storm to become the oldest man in the Open Era to reach the Wimbledon quarter-finals with a 7-5 6-4 6-2 win over Italian 23rd seed Lorenzo Sonego.

The Swiss, who will turn 40 next month, was deadlocked at 5-5 in the first set when a torrential downpour on Monday sent the players back into the locker room with Sonego down break point.

The 20-minute disruption, during which the roof was closed over a soggy and windswept Centre Court, did Sonego no favours. He immediately produced a double fault under the floodlights to surrender his serve.

That provided Federer with the spark he needed to motor through the rest of the contest after converting only two of the nine break points he had earned during the first set.

In his record-extending 18th Wimbledon quarter-final, and 58th across all four majors, the eight-time All England Club champion will meet either Russian second seed Daniil Medvedev or Poland's Hubert Hurkacz, whose match will resume on Tuesday.

Novak Djokovic reached his 12th Wimbledon quarter-final on Monday to pull even with Arthur Gore, who had a 117-year head start, while a parade of newcomers also made the final eight.

First-timers on the men's side included Canadian Denis Shapovalov, Italian Matteo Berrettini, Marton Fucsovics of Hungary and Russian Karen Khachanov, who won a bizarre fifth set to beat American Sebastian Korda on his 21st birthday.

Djokovic, the two-time defending champion, held every service game to tie Gore and beat No.17 Cristian Garin, 6-2 6-4 6-2.

Three-time champion Gore first played Wimbledon in 1888. Djokovic made his debut in 2005, and they share third place on the men's all-time list for most men's quarter-final berths, behind Roger Federer's 18 and Jimmy Connors' 14.

"It's a privilege to break records in the sport that I truly love," Djokovic said. "I'm devoted to this sport as much as I think anybody out there on the tour. I just try to do my best."

Khachanov, seeded No.25, outlasted Korda 3-6 6-4 6-3 5-7 10-8. With both players battling fatigue and nerves, there were 13 services breaks in the final set, and for Korda, it was a disappointing end to an otherwise impressive Wimbledon debut.

"I'm still super happy with how the whole tournament and today was," Korda said. "I fought my hardest. I don't know what was happening out there. We just couldn't hold serve."

Khachanov will next face the No.10-seeded Shapovalov, who hit 15 aces and beat No.8 Roberto Bautista Agut 6-1 6-3 7-5.

The No. 7-seeded Berrettini became the first Italian man in 23 years to reach the Wimbledon quarter-finals by ousting Ilya Ivashka 6-4 6-3 6-1.

The unseeded, 29-year-old Fucsovics became the first Hungarian to reach the men's quarterfinals since 1948 by upsetting No.5 Andrey Rublev 6-3 4-6 4-6 6-0 6-3.

with AP

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