Wimbledon Day 7: Djokovic fires screams, Alcaraz travel warning, Federer and Nadal reunite | Tennis | sport
It was a historic day at Wimbledon on Sunday as the first-ever Sunday of the tournament which held play as part of the two-week schedule and Center Court’s 100th anniversary. Roger Federer returned for a special presentation and reunited with Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray.
The championships also saw his longest match of the tournament between David Goffin and Frances Tiafoe, as well as a crazy tiebreak in the final between Jamie Murray and Venus Williams against Alicia Barnett and Johnny O’Mara. Here, Express Sport brings you all the best bits from Day Seven at Wimbledon.
Djokovic the crowd pleaser
Center Court fans went wild when the top seed took off her top ahead of her fourth round match against Tim Van Rijthoven before bursting into laughter at the response. The six-time Wimbledon champion was forced to wait until 8 p.m. to take to the court after centenary celebrations earlier today, which pushed Heather Watson’s match against Julie Niemeier back before Jannik Sinner did takes three and a half hours to beat Carlos Alcaraz. The crowd screamed and courted again at the end of the first set when Djokovic stripped down to his bare chest. This time it was laser focused and gave no reaction.
Brits get an apology
Just one Briton remains in the draw after four advanced to the third round, with Britain’s No.1 Cam Norrie through to his first Grand Slam quarter-final. After Heather Watson made her first fourth round at a Major, she could go no further with Niemeier beating her 6-2 6-4. And the German apologized after the match, telling the center court crowd: “I just want to say sorry that I had to send off a British player today.”
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Roger Federer made a surprise appearance at the All England Club on Sunday to take part in the center court presentation. The 40-year-old was spotted on the court before being billed as the eight-time champion alongside a sparkling list of other former Wimbledon winners, including Big Four rivals – Nadal, Djokovic and Murray . And the duo dubbed ‘Fedal’ were pictured chatting at the clubhouse more than a year after the last tournament they both played in.
Alcaraz Travel Warning
Carlos Alcaraz took on fellow young gun and “friend” Jannik Sinner in what was a debut on center court for both men. A Wimbledon official explained to a nervous-looking Spaniard how he would step out onto the court before addressing his opponent. After telling Sinner to just follow Alcaraz, he added, “Don’t trip him.” Both men laughed and walked onto center court, where Sinner didn’t trip Alcaraz and instead defeated him in four sets.