Matteo Berrettini and Ajla Tomljanovic in love match at Wimbledon

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Matteo Berrettini and Ajla Tomljanovic, pictured here at Wimbledon.
Matteo Berrettini watched on as Ajla Tomljanovic joined him in the Wimbledon quarter-finals. Image: Getty

Matteo Berrettini and Ajla Tomljanovic have both advanced to the quarter-finals at Wimbledon, cementing their status as the power couple of tennis.

It was a double celebration for Berrettini and Tomljanovic on Monday after the men's World No.9 sealed a dominant 6-4 6-3 6-1 win over Ilya Ivashka before watching his girlfriend advance when Emma Raducanu had to retire.

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It's not often that the Italian has to play second fiddle to Tomljanovic, after all the Australian is only ranked 75th in the world.

But the Aussie was given more prominent billing at the All England Club as she took on British golden girl Emma Raducanu in the fourth round on Court One.

Berrettini had to trek through throngs of fans to the much smaller confines of Court 12, even though he is considered among the front-runners for the men's title after claiming the Queen's Club title last month.

The seventh seed broke early in each of the sets, and although Wimbledon debutant Ivashka produced a mini recovery to claw his way back from 5-1 down in the second, the result never seemed to be in doubt.

"I'm pretty happy for the level, for the intensity, for my mindset over all the games and stuff. I was pretty focused," Berrettini told reporters after emulating fellow Italian Davide Sanguinetti's 1998 feat of reaching the quarters.

"I had a game that I didn't serve that well in - 5-2 in the second. But, yeah, I'm happy. 

"I'm not using a lot of energy because I won most of the matches (in) three sets. It's really good for me if I look at the long run."

Matteo Berrettini, pictured here after beating Ilya Ivashka at Wimbledon.
Matteo Berrettini reacts after beating Ilya Ivashka at Wimbledon. (Photo by AELTC/JON SUPER/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

Berrettini watches on as Ajla Tomljanovic advances

Berrettini was then on hand to watch Tomljanovic advance in dramatic circumstances.

The 18-year-old wildcard Raducanu, who's become Britain's new sporting darling with her fairytale run to the last 16, had to pull out with breathing problems when 6-3 3-0 down to the Aussie No.2.

"Even though the circumstances were like this tonight, it is the biggest achievement so far in my career," said the Croatian-born Tomljanovic, who reached the last-eight at a slam at the 27th time of asking.

"I'm unbelievably proud of myself that I'm here. 

"I didn't think I would be in a way. I didn't think these two weeks would be my breakthrough. Now that they are, it's kind of surreal.

"No matter the outcome tomorrow (against Ash Barty), I'm probably never going to forget this."

On Tuesday, Barty and Tomljanovic will contest the first Wimbledon quarter-final between two Australian women for 41 years.

Barty lived up to her No.1 seeding by defeating French Open champion Barbora Krejcikova 7-5 6-3 on Court One earlier on Monday.

It left the two top players in women's tennis in Australia, both based in Queensland, to play each other for the very first time.

Their victories meant that Australian tennis will be able to enjoy the sight of their first women's semi-finalist at Wimbledon since 2000 when Jelena Dokic lost to American Lindsay Davenport.

The last time two Aussie women met in the last-eight at Wimbledon was in 1980 when Evonne Goolagong Cawley beat Wendy Turnbull in straight sets.

with AAP

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