Iga Swiatek in the first round of Wimbledon 2023, UK
Iga Swiatek in the first round of Wimbledon 2023, UK | (Photo by Robert Prange/Getty Images)

Tennis | Wimbledon 2023 | The road to the Wimbledon quarter-finals: Assessing their title chances

By Tony Fairbairn At Wimbledon

  • Men’s quarter-finalists: Carlos Alcaraz [1], Novak Djokovic [2], Daniil Medvedev [3], Holger Rune [6], Andrey Rublev [7], Jannik Sinner [8], Roman Safiullin, Christopher Eubanks
  • Women’s quarter-finalists: Iga Swiatek [1], Aryna Sabalenka [2], Elena Rybakina [3] Jessica Pegula [4], Ons Jabeur [6], Madison Keys [25], Marketa Vondrousova, Elina Svitolina [WC]
LONDON, ENGLAND – The quarter-final line-up is set with some big names still left in the draw but now it’s time to assess how the remaining players reached the last eight at Wimbledon.


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Men’s Singles

There has once again been entertainment in the men’s singles as once again there have been shocks and surprises as well as high quality matches. The likes of Taylor Fritz, Felix Auger-Aliassime and last year’s semi-finalist Cameron Norrie have gone out in the first week which has left opportunity for both sides of the draw to take advantage.

Now an incredible last few rounds awaits as there is a mixture of world class players and quarter-final debutants participating in the latter stages of the tournament. So now it’s time to assess the state of play heading into the quarter-finals and how we got to this stage.


Novak Djokovic [2]

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Novak Djokovic has been flawless for most of the first week as he chases a record-equalling eighth Wimbledon title. The Serb has had a few testing sets but has ultimately prevailed with some clutch serving. However Djokovic will look to improve from his testing fourth round clash against Hubert Hurkacz where he was pushed to his limits, resulting in losing his first set of the tournament. Now Djokovic should have a fairly comfortable rest of the tournament as he looks for more history at SW19.


Djokovic’s route to the quarter-finals:

  • R1: Pedro Cachin 6-3 6-3 7-6(4)
  • R2: Jordan Thompson 6-3 7-6(4) 7-5
  • R3: Stan Wawrinka 6-3 6-1 7-6(5)
  • R4: Hubert Hurkacz [17] 7-6(6) 7-6(6) 5-7 6-4


Andrey Rublev [7]

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Andrey Rublev has come through a challenging section of the draw to be the one to step up to Djokovic in the last eight. The seventh seed has battled through an in-form Aslan Karatsev, last year’s quarter-finalist David Goffin and Halle champion Alexander Bublik as his confident and ruthless hitting from the baseline continues to prove a consistent formula at Grand Slam level. Now Rublev will look to break down Djokovic’s stubborn defence in order to reach a first Grand Slam semi-final.


Rublev’s route to the quarter-finals:

  • R1: Max Purcell 6-3 7-5 6-4
  • R2: Aslan Karatsev 6-7(4) 6-3 6-4 7-5
  • R3: David Goffin 6-3 6-7(6) 7-6(5) 6-2
  • R4: Alexander Bublik [23] 7-5 6-3 6-7(6) 6-7(5) 6-4


Jannik Sinner [8]

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Jannik Sinner has blasted his way to the last eight after overcoming disappointment at Roland Garros. The Italian has been helped by some big names exiting the tournament early in his section of the draw as Sinner now looks to fulfil his potential and reach a first Grand Slam semi-final with the eighth seed never getting a better opportunity to do so.


Sinner’s route to the quarter-finals:

  • R1: Juan Manuel Cerundolo 6-2 6-2 6-2
  • R2: Diego Schwartzman 7-5 6-1 6-2
  • R3: Quentin Halys 3-6 6-2 6-3 6-4
  • R4: Daniel Elahi Galan 7-6(4) 6-4 6-3


Roman Safiullin

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Roman Safiullin is into his first Grand Slam quarter-final after beating two former Wimbledon semi-finalists in the form of Roberto Bautista Agut and Denis Shapovalov. Now Safiullin will look to take his big serve to the latter stages of Wimbledon as he looks to outpower Sinner and make more history at SW19 this year.


Safiullin’s route to the quarter-final:

  • R1: Roberto Bautista Agut [20] 2-6 7-6(7) 6-7(4) 6-4 7-5
  • R2: Corentin Moutet 7-5 6-3 7-6(4)
  • R3: Guido Pella 7-6(1) 6-4 6-0
  • R4: Denis Shapovalov [26] 3-6 6-3 6-1 6-3


Carlos Alcaraz [1]

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Carlos Alcaraz is into his second consecutive Wimbledon quarter-final after surviving two tough tests against Nicolas Jarry and Matteo Berrettini. Those two wins will serve Alcaraz really well as his return game is getting better with each match as he looks to take his recent confidence on grass courts to the latter stages of Wimbledon.


Alcaraz’s route to the quarter-finals:

  • R1: Jeremy Chardy 6-0 6-2 7-5
  • R2: Alexandre Muller 6-4 7-6(2) 6-3
  • R3: Nicolas Jarry [25] 6-3 6-7(6) 6-3 7-5
  • R4: Matteo Berrettini 3-6 6-3 6-3 6-3


 Holger Rune [6]

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Even though grass isn’t Holger Rune’s favourite surface, the Dane finds himself into the quarter-finals at Wimbledon after surviving some real tests. Rune’s five set win over Alejandro Davidovich Fokina was a big match for Rune to win psychologically as he now looks to be the one to neutralise the efficient returning of Alcaraz.


Rune’s route to the quarter-finals:

  • R1: George Loffhagen [WC] 7-6(4) 6-3 6-2
  • R2: Roberto Carballes Baena 6-3 7-6(3) 6-4
  • R3: Alejandro Davidovich Fokina [31] 6-3 4-6 3-6 6-4 7-6(8)
  • R4: Grigor Dimitrov [21] 3-6 7-6(6) 7-6(4) 6-3


 Daniil Medvedev [3]

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Daniil Medvedev is another play who has a very poor Wimbledon record but is breaking new ground at SW19. The third seed is into the last eight after playing some immaculate tennis as he has advanced with relative ease. That could prove useful in the latter stages as he will need all the energy possible if he wants to secure a maiden Wimbledon title.


Medvedev’s route to the quarter-finals:

  • R1: Arthur Fery [WC] 7-5 6-4 6-3
  • R2: Adrian Mannarino 6-3 6-3 7-6(5)
  • R3: Marton Fucsovics 4-6 6-3 6-4 6-4
  • R4: Jiri Lehecka 6-4 6-2 RET


 Christopher Eubanks

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Christopher Eubanks is the surprise package in this year’s tournament having won Mallorca, the American is carrying on the momentum into Wimbledon. Wins over Cameron Norrie and Stefanos Tsitsipas means Eubanks is into a first Grand Slam quarter-final and there’s no reason to suggest why his journey should end here.


Eubanks’s route to the quarter-finals:

  • R1: Thiago Monteiro 4-6 7-5 7-5 6-3
  • R2: Cameron Norrie [12] 6-3 3-6 6-2 7-6(3)
  • R3: Christopher O’Connell 7-6(5) 7-6(3) 7-6(2)
  • R4: Stefanos Tsitsipas [5] 3-6 7-6(4) 3-6 6-4 6-4



Women’s Singles

The women’s singles tournament has provided an element of unpredictability even though the top four seeds have moved into the last eight with a mixture of ease and tension. Katie Boulter had a deep run in week one with a handful of great matches setting the tone for a dramatic latter stages of the tournament. After some incredible moments we now have our final eight, so let’s see how this year’s quarter-final looks with so much on the line over the next week.


Iga Swiatek [1]

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Iga Swiatek has adapted to the grass well as she is looking to replicate the success of her Juniors career. The world number one enters the last eight well tested though after saving two match points against Belinda Bencic to reach her first Wimbledon quarter-final and will no doubt believe that this year is her year after overcoming a fourth round scare.


Swiatek’s route to the quarter-finals:

  • R1: Lin Zhu 6-1 6-3
  • R2: Sara Sorribes Tormo 6-2 6-0
  • R3: Petra Martic [30] 6-2 7-5
  • R4: Belinda Bencic [14] 6-7(4) 7-6(2) 6-3


Elina Svitolina [WC]

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Elina Svitolina will be the one looking to end Swiatek’s winning run as the Ukrainian is into her second consecutive Grand Slam quarter-final. Svitolina overcame a dramatic fourth round contest with Victoria Azarenka which proved that she is in one of the most confident stages of her career with nothing to lose. That lack of pressure will remain present against Swiatek as she looks to achieve the biggest win of her comeback and reach the last four.


Svitolina’s route to the quarter-finals:

  • R1: Venus Williams [WC] 6-4 6-3
  • R2: Elise Mertens [28] 6-1 1-6 6-1
  • R3: Sofia Kenin 7-6(3) 6-2
  • R4: Victoria Azarenka [19] 2-6 6-4 7-6(9)


Jessica Pegula [4]

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After a tough start against Lauren Davis, Jessica Pegula has eased through her section of the draw with a handful of seeds crashing out before facing Pegula. The American has achieved the career Grand Slam of quarter-finals and will now fancy her chances of challenging ‘The big three’ as she aims to continue her consistency and reach a first Wimbledon semi-final.


Pegula’s route to the quarter-finals:

  • R1: Lauren Davis 6-2 6-7(8) 6-3
  • R2: Cristina Bucsa 6-1 6-4
  • R3: Elisabetta Cocciaretto 6-4 6-0
  • R4: Lesia Tsurenko 6-1 6-3


Marketa Vondrousova

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Marketa Vondrousova has taken advantage of an open draw as she has stormed into the last eight at Wimbledon. The former Roland Garros finalist had never reached the third round before the tournament but has been aggressive to knock out three seeds as she has rekindled the form that took her to the final in Paris in 2019. Now Vondrousova looks to add a fourth seed to the list and reach the last four at Wimbledon.


Vondrousova’s route to the quarter-finals:

  • R1: Peyton Stearns 6-2 7-5
  • R2: Veronika Kudermetova [12] 6-3 6-3
  • R3: Donna Vekic [20] 6-1 7-5
  • R4: Marie Bouzkova [32] 2-6 6-4 6-3


Ons Jabeur [6]

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Ons Jabeur is back into the last eight after producing impressive tennis for most of her first four rounds. The Tunisian battled past Bianca Andreescu before producing a statement victory over Petra Kvitova as Jabeur now hopes to earn revenge in a rematch of last year’s final.


Jabeur’s route to the quarter-finals:

  • R1: Magdalena Frech 6-3 6-3
  • R2: Zhuoxuan Bai 6-1 6-1
  • R3: Bianca Andreescu 3-6 6-3 6-4
  • R4: Petra Kvitova [9] 6-0 6-3


 Elena Rybakina [3]

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The defending champion is back into the last eight after overcoming a nervy start against Shelby Rogers. Now Elena Rybakina will look to continue her confident tennis as she is the firm favourite to win her second consecutive Wimbledon title despite some fierce competition from her nearest rivals.


Rybakina’s route to the quarter-finals:

  • R1: Shelby Rogers 4-6 6-1 6-2
  • R2: Alize Cornet 6-2 7-6(2)
  • R3: Katie Boulter [WC] 6-1 6-1
  • R4: Beatriz Haddad Maia [13] 4-1 RET


Madison Keys [25]

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Madison Keys continues the momentum from her title win in Eastbourne as the American cruised through the opening week. Now after surviving a tough match against 16 year-old Mirra Andreeva, Keys will look to record another big win at a Grand Slam and send out a huge statement of intent.


Keys’s route to the quarter-finals:

  • R1: Sonay Kartal [WC] 6-0 6-3
  • R2: Viktorija Golubic 7-5 6-3
  • R3: Marta Kostyuk 6-4 6-1
  • R4: Mirra Andreeva 3-6 7-6(4) 6-2


Aryna Sabalenka [2]

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There’s no middle ground for Aryna Sabalenka as her performances have either been really good or very erratic. As things stand Sabalenka is on course to win her second Grand Slam this season but another repeat of her second round match and it will be lights out for the second seed given her very tough half of the draw.


Sabalenka’s route to the quarter-finals:

  • R1: Panna Udvardy 6-3 6-1
  • R2: Varvara Gracheva 2-6 7-5 6-2
  • R3: Anna Blinkova 6-2 6-3
  • R4: Ekaterina Alexandrova [21] 6-4 6-0


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