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Wimbledon 2024: Zverev and Djokovic in action, Rybakina and Ostapenko win – live


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Zverev has rarely looked in trouble on serve and it continues with Fritz struggling to return the German’s best work, proven by the game-winning serve down the middle which is not returned.

Every lost point when serving seems a big deal in Fritz v Zverev. Fritz finds the net from back of court to make it 15:30 but a bad return levels things up. The German’s knee issues seem to be slowing him down. He can’t fancy this going to a fifth set, surely. Fritz holds on to make it 3-3 in the fourth.

De Minaur has looked in decent nick.

Back in the men’s singles, Zverev is looking superb on serve and makes light work of his latest efforts to make it 3-2 in the fourth.

Ostapenko beats Putintseva 6-2, 6-3

Ostapenko whacks a cracking serve that hits the line and Putintseva can only return into the net to make it 30:0. The Latvian is the next to find the net thanks to a cracking Putintseva return. Putintseva has the net to thank again as she clips the top of it and watches the ball dribble over to level the score. Ostapenko powers a looping ball over. Match point … is not taken and we go to deuce. Putintseva cannot return the next serve but we end up at deuce again. A roaring backhand earns advantage for Ostapenko once more and she eventually gets over the line with a beautiful backhand slice.

Putintseva does not want to gift the win to her opponent and reaches 40:15 but Ostapenko wraps a backhand return down the line to keep the pressure up. Putintseva rises to it, however, and takes the game. Ostapenka to serve for the match …

No one is winning anything with ease as Ostapenko is taken to deuce once more by Putintseva. The latter earns the first advantage but Ostapenko knows she needs to hold this and moves her opponent around until she stretches and sends the ball into the net. The Latvian roars with delight when she gets advantage and then takes the game.

Zverev wants to put down a marker with his opening service game of the fourth set. He puts in some powerful serves and breezes through it.

Ostapenko gets a break point after a Putintseva backhand is flung well wide to the Latvian’s left. Putintseva sends a shot long, she challenges but the break is confirmed. 4-2 to Ostapenko. She really needs to hold the next game.

Fritz wins the game to love and take the set! Zverev seems to be complaining about something or other but I do not know what.

GAME ON!

Ostapenko seems to be pretty uncertain on her serve, repeatedly throwing the ball up and needed to catch it before trying again. Putintseva takes her to deuce, sensing a little weakness, although that is forgotten with a rapid ace down the middle, not that she can complete the win. Putintseva is the next to get the advantage when her opponent whacks a backhand into the net, although Ostapenko whips a forehand just over the net to take us back to where we were. Ostenpenko gets there in the end to make it 3-2.

Fritz earns two break points! This is a big moment in the set. Zverev’s first serve goes well wide and he then double faults. Fritz to serve for the third set. Oooof!

There is a decent little rally that Zverev wins with a lovely backhanded dink over the net when on the move. It is to be the German’s only point of the game as Fritz rushing through to level up.

Zverev plays a shot through his legs which looks great until it goes long and he loses the point. He gets the score back to 30:30 following his whimsy. Not to worry he can find a big serve when he needs; Fritz gets it over the net but the German swoops to whack the ball into space to earn a 4-3 lead in the third.

If Putintseva thought she was in with a chance, she might be thinking again after Ostapenko immediately breaks back. The Latvia speeds to a 40:15 lead on her own service game but is pegged back thanks to a double fault and a complete miscue. In the end, the Latvia holds her nerve to get the job done with some great work at the baseline.

Speaking of impressive service games, Zverev has just breezed through one, finishing it off with a powerful ace.

He might be two sets down but Fritz is still looking in decent nick, making light work of his service game to make it 3-3 in the third. He just needs a bit of luck to get back into this match.

Just as I say that … Putintseva breaks Ostapenko in the first game of the second set. She’s recovered well from losing 6-2 in the first. Can you build some momentum?

Ostapenko takes the first set against Putintseva. She will fancy her chances of getting this done quickly.

Fritz gets a break point against Zverev but the German does not let him take advantage, powering a serve that is just about returned before completing the point. Zverev does not mess about at deuce and takes the game – 3-3.

I’ve been spared nursery pick up today, so I can bring you the latest from SW19.

Fritz holds to level us up at 1-1 in the third and Ostapenkz holds for 5-0 in the first … then Putintseva gets herself on the board with one of her own. Otherwise, though, that’s it from me for the next bit – I’m off to do the school run, so here’s Will Unwin to hang with youse.

Ostapenkz breaks again for 4-0 while Zverev finds himself down 0-30 … then holds to 30. Of course he does. He leads 6-4 7-6 1-0.

Is Ostapenkz on one? She breaks Putintseva in 108 seconds to lead 2-0, then holds again for 3-0 and looks in lovely touch.

Up 6-3, Zverev sticks a forehand marginally wide, but has another set-point on serve, so he goes out wide and keeps in control with forehands then, after going to Fritz on that flank, he changes it up to stick one in the backhand corner and the response sails long and wide. Zverev leads 6-4 7-6(3) and I’m not sure what the American can do to turn this around.

Zverev lands a forehand on to the baseline and Fritz can’t respond; the German has the first mini-break and leads 3-1. And, though Zverev is winning principally because he’s the better player, he’s also playing with greater risk and aggression, and he’s so consistent these days I don’t think Fritz can win waiting it out and hoping for mistakes – he needs to force the issue and if it doesn’t work, well at least he tried. Zverev now leads 6-2.

Yup, two more holds and here comes the breaker. If Fritz takes it, we could be set for an epic – and he opens up with an ace – but if Zverev does, it’ll feel close to the end.

Another hold apiece so Zverev leads 6-4 5-5 and we look to be headed for a breaker. On No 1, Putintseva and Ostapenko are with us.

A love hold and Zverev leads 6-4 4-4; it was at this point in the first set that he broke, a reality I’m certain will be lost on neither player.

Jelena Ostapenko is a long-time favourite of this blog, for the simple reason that she’s perhaps the most aggressive player in all sport. It means that when she’s on she can look unstoppable, but also that she’s capable to making a mess of any situation at any time. She’s got a much bigger game than Putintseva, but Putintseva has just won Birmingham and beaten Iga Swiatek, so will be properly feeling herself.

Zverev just looks to have too much for Fritz, able to answer every question he’s asked. At 6-3 2-3, a double hands over deuce, but he finds a lovely angle on the forehand to make advantage, then closes out from there.

Next on No 1 Court: Yulia Putintseva v Jelena Ostapenko (13).

“I’ll be alright,” Demon says of his ankle, resignedly. “I’ll find a way.” He’s “super-proud” to be in the last eight and playing in front of such a massive crowd. He made hard work of things, he says, and should’ve won sooner, but he stopped being able to serve so instead had to rely on his returns.

He’s beaten both Djokovic and Rune but he’s no preference in terms of who he faces next. He’s just happy to be in the quarters and have another battle, and one thing on which we can all rely is that he’ll go out there and try his hardest. No on on earth ever doubted that.

Back on Centre, Zverev leads 6-4 2-2, but his knee doesn’t look ideal, and in co-comms, Comeontim thinks he’s trying to be even more aggressive from the back and it’s working well for him.

Alexander Zverev stretches for a forehand return. Photograph: Jordan Pettitt/PA
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That was a very fun match. Fils is a proper talent, a bristling, bouncing bundle of power and imagination. The difference this time, though, was consistency, De Minaur’s ability to not miss and play big shots during big points decisive. Fils, though, is going places, and can be proud of how he’s done not just today but in the competition.

Alex De Minaur (9) beats Arthur Fils 6-2 6-4 4-6 6-3

Fils thrashes down the line … and Demon flances a deft drop-volley that finishes the match! But has he twisted his ankle playing that last point? He doesn’t look happy – in his box, though, Katie Boulter, his girlfriend, absolutely does – but he meets Holger Rune (15) or Novak Djokivic (2) in his first Wimbledon quarter.

A deft shot from Alex de Minaur during his fourth round victory over Arthur Fils. Photograph: Adam Vaughan/EPA
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