August 12, 2022

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WIMBLEDON, England – The latest news from Wimbledon (all times local):

Jule Niemeier is through to the quarter-finals in his first Wimbledon appearance after denying British veteran Heather Watson a place in the last eight.

The 22-year-old Niemeier, playing in just his second Grand Slam tournament after losing in the French Open first round in May, beat Watson 6-2, 6-4 on center court. The German converted her third match point when Watson scored a backhand.

Watson, 30, was playing his 43rd major tournament and had reached the fourth round of a Grand Slam for the first time.

Niemeier will next face compatriot Tatjana Maria, who reached her first Grand Slam quarter-final at the age of 34.

Tatjana Maria saved two match points in the second set before beating 2017 French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko at Wimbledon to reach her first Grand Slam quarter-final at the age of 34.

Maria, ranked 103rd, won 5-7, 7-5, 7-5 on Court 1. The German is the oldest woman remaining in the singles draw and had only passed the second round once in 34 previous Grand Slam appearances.

She saved two match points at 5-4 in the second set, then had a chance to serve the match by the same scoreline in the third but was broken. But she broke Ostapenko again and then converted her second match point when the Latvian sent a return service wide.

Maria’s previous best result at a Grand Slam was reaching the third round at Wimbledon in 2015. She has lost in the first round in her last eight major appearances. Ostapenko reached the Wimbledon semi-finals in 2018.

Eight-time Wimbledon champion Roger Federer has not given up hope of playing at the All England Club again.

Federer received a standing ovation during a center court centenary celebration.

“I hope I can come back…one more time,” Federer, 40, said from center court alongside other Wimbledon champions.

Federer’s eight Wimbledon titles are a men’s singles record, but he is missing the grass-court tournament for the first time since his debut in 1999.

The 20-time Grand Slam champion has not played since his quarter-final defeat at Wimbledon a year ago in his 22nd appearance in the tournament.

He said he didn’t think it would take this long to come back from knee surgery last year. He said: “The knee was hard on me.”

Wimbledon has its first women’s singles quarter-finalist: Marie Bouzkova of the Czech Republic.

Bouzkova beat Caroline Garcia of France 7-5, 6-2 in a fourth-round match on No. 2 court to reach her first Grand Slam quarter-final.

Bouzkova, 23, will next face third-seeded Ons Jabeur or Elise Mertens for a place in the semi-finals.

Bouzkova upset seventh-seeded Danielle Collins in the first round.

Roger Federer has returned to Wimbledon as the All England Club prepares to celebrate Center Court’s centenary.

Federer has won eight Wimbledon titles – a men’s singles record – but is not taking part in the grass-court tournament for the first time since his debut in 1999.

The 20-time Grand Slam champion was dressed in a dark suit and white trainers as he made his way to center court.

Federer said earlier this year that any return to tournament play after his knee surgery last year would not happen until at least the end of the summer.

The 40-year-old Swiss hasn’t played since his quarter-final defeat at Wimbledon a year ago in his 22nd appearance in the tournament.

Three-time reigning champion Novak Djokovic will return to center court on Day 7 at Wimbledon as fourth-round play begins.

The traditional mid-Sunday rest day at the All England Club is over. A British player, Heather Watson, will be the first on center court to mark the occasion. She will face Jule Niemeier.

Fifth-seeded Carlos Alcaraz next takes on Jannik Sinner, before number-one seed Djokovic is last in the main stadium against Tim van Rijthoven of the Netherlands.

On court n°1, Ons Jabeur, third seed, will face Elise Mertens.

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