August 20, 2022

Day 5 of Wimbledon 2022 brought together some Americans as well as some of the favorites still in contention. Francis Tiafoe, Tommy Paul, John Isner, Steve Johnson, Jack Sock and Maxime Cressy all played on the men’s side, while Alison Riske-Amritraj was the only American woman to play on Friday. Novak Djokovic, Carlos Alcaraz, Jannik Sinner, Cameron Norrie, Maria Sakkari, Ons Jabeur and Angelique Kerber were also in the role.

For more on what happened on Day 4, click here.

Check out the biggest news from Day 5 below.

Carlos Alcaraz dominates to advance to round four

Carlos Alcaraz made it easy in his third round match against Oscar Otte. Alcaraz won in straight sets, beating Otte 6-3, 6-1, 6-2 to advance to the fourth round at Wimbledon.

Alcaraz, who lost in the second round at Wimbledon in 2021, said after the win he got more play comfortably on the grass.

He played like that on Friday.

Alcaraz, 19, will face Jannik Sinner in the fourth round. The two will play on Sunday.

Novak Djokovic wins his 35th game on center court

Novak Djokovic picked up another Wimbledon win with a win over fellow Serbian Miomir Kecmanović in straight sets 6-0, 6-3, 6-4. 1-seeded Djokovic quickly worked over 25-seeded Kecmanović in the first set before facing a slightly tougher challenge in the final two sets. Djokovic’s quest for a fourth consecutive Wimbledon title continues.

Maria Sakkari falls to Tatjana Maria

Tatjana Maria of Germany defeated fifth seed Maria Sakkari of Greece in straight sets 6-3, 7-5. Maria, 34, is the oldest player in the tournament. She recently returned from maternity leave after the birth of her second child last year.

Frances Tiafoe rallies to beat Alexander Bublik

It took two tiebreaker sets midway through the match for 23rd-seeded Frances Tiafoe of the United States to defeat the towering Alexander Bublik of Kazakhstan in four sets, 3-6, 7-6(1), 7- 6(3), 6-4. Despite an ace barrage from Bublik, Tiafoe took advantage of plenty of errors from the Kazakh to earn crucial points. This will be Tiafoe’s first foray into the fourth round at Wimbledon.

Frances Tiafoe of the United States beat Alexander Bublik of Kazakhstan to advance Friday. (REUTERS/Paul Childs)

Tim van Rijthoven upsets Nikoloz Basilashvili

In the first upset of the day, Tim van Rijthoven of the Netherlands picked up a surprise win over 22nd seeded Nikoloz Basilashvili of Georgia 6-4, 6-3, 6-4. The Dutchman became the seventh player since 2000 to reach the fourth round of his maiden Grand Slam main draw and are on an eight-game winning streak.

Ons Jabeur advances to fourth round

Third-seeded Ons Jabeur’s hitting streak continued Friday when she beat France’s Diane Perry 6-2, 6-3. The Tunisian controlled the game from start to finish, picking up 14 straight points to win and advance to the fourth round.

Other notable results

  • American Tommy Paul defeated Czech Jiří Veselý in straight sets 6-3, 6-2, 6-2 to advance. the fourth round. Paul, the 30th seed, will play on Sunday.

  • Marie Bouzková of Czechia upset 28th seed Alison Riske-Amritrah of the United States in straight sets 6-2, 6-3.

  • Jeļena Ostapenko, the 12th seed from Latvia, bounced back from a loss in the first set to beat Romania’s Irina-Camelia Begu 3-6, 6-1, 6-1.

  • 24th seed Elise Mertens defeated 15th seed Angelique Kerber in straight sets 6-4, 6-5.

  • Heather Watson, 30, qualified for the fourth round for the first time in 13 years of career at the ATP. She defeated Kaja Juvan in straight sets 7-6(6), 6-2 and will face Jule Niemeier.

  • Jack Sock beat Maxime Cressy in a rare American encounter to advance to the third round, winning 6-4, 6-4, 3-6, 7-6(1). Sock will face Australian Jason Kubler tomorrow.

  • Zhang Shuai was upset by Carolina Garcia in the third round of the event. Shuai, ranked No. 33, fell in straight sets 7-6, 7-6. Garcia scored 18 aces in the win.

  • Americans John Isner and Steve Johnson failed to make it past the third round. Isner fell to Sinner in straight sets. Johnson also fell in straight sets, losing to No.9 seed Cameron Norrie 6-4, 6-1, 6-0.

Novak Djokovic's quest for a fourth straight Wimbledon title continued with victory on Friday.  (REUTERS/Toby Melville)

Novak Djokovic’s quest for a fourth straight Wimbledon title continued with victory on Friday. (REUTERS/Toby Melville)