Tennis: Iga Swiatek, Novak Djokovic play for spots in Wimbledon 2023 quarterfinals

AP , Sunday 9 Jul 2023

Iga Swiatek has never reached the quarterfinals at Wimbledon. She can get there on Sunday.

Serbia s Novak Djokovic returns to Switzerland s Stan Wawrinka in a men s singles match on day five of the Wimbledon tennis championships in London, Friday, July 7, 2023. AP


The top-ranked Swiatek will face 14th-seeded Belinda Bencic on Centre Court.

The four-time Grand Slam champion was ousted in the third round last year at the All England Club, but she says she's playing with no pressure this time around.

“I feel confident and I feel like I can play with more intuition, play my game a little bit more,” she said.

On the men's side, Novak Djokovic takes his Wimbledon winning streak — 31 matches and counting — into the fourth round.

The seven-time champion faces 17th-seeded Hubert Hurkacz, who is 0-5 against Djokovic. They'll play on Centre Court, where Djokovic hasn't lost since July 7, 2013, in the final to Andy Murray.

Hurkacz, from Poland, is on a bit of a roll. He hasn't dropped his serve in three wins at this year's tournament, all in straight sets.

They've met once before at the All England Club, in the third round in 2019. Djokovic won in four sets.

The 23-time Grand Slam champion, who is the No. 2 seed and is trying to tie Roger Federer's record of eight men's titles at Wimbledon, expects a fight.

“He’s very comfortable playing on grass,” the 36-year-old Serb said. “He beat Federer here some years ago. He’s a player that doesn’t mind playing on a big stadium.”

Another fourth-round match pits 19th-seeded Victoria Azarenka of Belarus against Elina Svitolina of Ukraine. Svitolina apparently surprised herself by getting this far because she was offering up her tickets to a Harry Styles concert in Vienna.

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