GAME, SET AND MATCH! - BARTY 6-3 7-5 SINIAKOVA

Barty finally serves it out at the second time of asking on her second match point. The Aussie had to hit back from 15-30 down to get the job done in straight sets in what was a tricky encounter. That was arguably her best showing in SW19 so far this year and she will now face French Open champion, Barbora Krejcikova in the last 16.

BREAK! - BARTY 6-3 6-5 SINIAKOVA

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That’s some response twice over from the world number one. She sees triple break point flitter away as Kat pushes for a 6-5 lead. Barty hangs tough and earns a break point with a backhand volley following a face-off at the net. Arguably the point of the match ensues with the top seed conjuring up a lob that’s too good for the Czech to return. Barty will now serve for the match once again.

BREAK! - BARTY 6-3 5-5 SINIAKOVA

Game on! Barty gets very tight and dumps a tame forehand into the net. She follows it with a miscued backhand slice that coughs up two break points. Three aces turn the game on its head to tee up match point but Siniakova forces the error to stay alive. A dart to the net rushes the Aussie and the world number 64 earns a third opportunity. This time Ash spews way long and this match still has some legs in it!

BARTY 6-3 5-4 SINIAKOVA

Barty probes from 15-30 but can’t find the accuracy to get the job done on the return game. The Aussie drifts a strange slice wide before fizzing a forehand just long. She will now serve for the match.

BARTY 6-3 5-3 SINIAKOVA

It’s far from comfortable but Barty digs out an important hold to move within a game of victory. The Aussie hits back from 0-30 and then is pressed to deuce when Siniakova successfully challenges a shot to her baseline that wasn’t called out. She clenches her fist and laughs for getting it right but she’s soon cursing in Czech as the top seed finds some big serves to get over the line.

BARTY 6-3 4-3 SINIAKOVA

That is sublime. Siniakova is working over time to stay in touch and edges the game from deuce with a corker of a backhand that completely bamboozles Barty.

BARTY 6-3 3-2 SINIAKOVA

Is that a momentum shift or just a lull from Barty? Siniakova stays firmly in touch with a rampant love hold.

BREAK! - BARTY 6-3 3-1 SINIAKOVA

Lifeline? Siniakova won’t go down without a fight and hits back from 40-15 down with great hands for an angled volley at the net and a brilliant backhand pass. Barty fends off a break point but then fires a forehand wide when off balance to drop serve on the second.

BREAK! - BARTY 6-3 3-0 SINIAKOVA

It’s all happening for Siniakova at the moment. She gets a telling off from the umpire when she lashes her racket at her trainer, with the official thinking it touched the grass. She makes 30-30 with a brilliant stun volley but then blazes a forehand wide to cough up break point from deuce. Barty doesn’t have to anything to secure the double break as the Czech implodes with a double fault.

BARTY 6-3 2-0 SINIAKOVA

Barty consolidates with a convincing love hold. She’s had some ups and downs at Wimbledon so far this year, but since the mid-point of Set 1 she’s really found an extra level.

BREAK! - BARTY 6-3 1-0 SINIAKOVA

This doesn’t look good for Kat. She battles hard to fend of two break points but Barty has found her groove off the forehand, probing deep into the corner. Another crunching winner off that flank makes it count on the third opportunity and the Aussie is off to a flyer in Set 2.

SET! - BARTY 6-3 SINIAKOVA

Like book ends, Barty starts and ends the set with a love hold. The Aussie concludes the opener with a wide ace.

BARTY 5-3 SINIAKOVA

Katerina hits back from 15-30 to pose the serve-out question. Most of the crowd seem to be rooting for the Czech.

BARTY 5-2 SINIAKOVA

It’s far from routine but the top seed manages to consolidate from deuce. Barty just about survives a break point with an awkward forehand jab from mid-court before crunching an ace down the T. A slick forehand close to the right flank by the net claims the game and she’s one away from taking what has been a highly competitive opener.

BREAK! - BARTY 4-2 SINIAKOVA

That’s more like it from Barty. She plugs the leaks off her racket and teases a long error off the Siniakova forehand to snare break point. A killer, low slice then does for the Czech as she can’t get underneath the ball enough to get it back off the net.

BARTY 3-2 SINIAKOVA

Barty wraps up the game with a flourish. The Aussie had to hit back from 0-30 and then up the ante from deuce after Siniakova refused to budge. A beauty of a forehand pass put the world number one on the front foot before a clinical drive volley sealed the deal.

BARTY 2-2 SINIAKOVA

The Czech shows a classy touch at the net to take control after Barty had pressed at 30-30. This is a very tight contest so far with the world number 64 causing the top seed numerous problems.

BARTY 2-1 SINIAKOVA

It’s a strange start from Barty. After marauding through a love service game to open the match she’s now clocking up plenty of needless errors. Siniakova gets a look-in from deuce but blazes a backhand way off court from close to the net on break point. It’s a sitter missed and a huge let off for Barty who rallies to dig out an unlikely hold.

BARTY 1-1 SINIAKOVA

That’s a fine recovery. Katerina looked in real trouble at 15-40 down as she struggled to find rhythm and ways to cope with Barty’s slice. The Czech countered it with some forehand slice to lure an error long to make deuce before hanging tough in the rallies to avoid an early break.

BARTY 1-0 SINIAKOVA

That’s an excellent opener from Barty. She had a few service wobbles in the last round but that was rather sharp.

Time for Barty's Party

Last up on Centre Court, it’s top seed, Ash Barty against Czech world number 64 Katerina Siniakova. The players are due for the warm-up shortly.

GAME, SET AND MATCH! – FEDERER 6-4 6-4 5-7 6-4 NORRIE

The eight-time champion prevails against the British number two. Cam Norrie made a real fight of it in the end but Federer found a way after being pushed hard to claim victory in four sets after two hours and 34 minutes. The Swiss served it out from 15-30 down and will now meet Italian No.23 seed, Lorenzo Sonego in the last 16.

BREAK! – FEDERER 6-4 6-4 5-7 5-4 NORRIE

An opportunistic chip and charge pays off for Roger as he smashes away an overhead to clock up two break points. Norrie saves one with an ace and then causes Federer to slip as he chases in vain for a deep forehand. The Swiss presses with a third opportunity and this time he solves the puzzle with a brutal forehand that does all of the damage. It's a break and Fed will now serve for the match.

FEDERER 6-4 6-4 5-7 3-4 NORRIE

That’s a beast of a hold from Cam. Federer has chances at 30-40 and from deuce but he’s finding this more and more awkward as it goes on. Norrie even shrugs off another double fault as he gets the crowd roaring with approval with a spirited hold.

BREAK! – FEDERER 6-4 6-4 5-7 3-3 NORRIE

That’s a huge surprise. Just when you thought Federer had regained control, he is completely undone. Norrie keeps nipping away at him like a dog with a bone and he’s showing signs of getting tired of it. The Brit makes deuce and conjures up two fabulous shots off both flanks to break straight back.

BREAK! – FEDERER 6-4 6-4 5-7 3-2 NORRIE

The Maestro takes control! There were signs in that previous game that Fed had got his Mojo going again, but he is helped along here. A double fault sees the Swiss’ eyes light up and a pair of low, short slices hurry Norrie into a couple of errors into the net and the Brit is broken to love.

FEDERER 6-4 6-4 5-7 1-2 NORRIE

Federer looks to apply some pressure with a sumptuous return winner up the line to make deuce. The Swiss plays a waiting game in a 23-shot rally but he’s the one who blinks first with a backhand into the net and the chance of earning a break point goes begging. Norrie keeps him at arm’s length and nails an ace to keep his nose in front.

FEDERER 6-4 6-4 5-7 0-1 NORRIE

There’s real momentum now. It took a long time for Norrie to get his teeth into this but he’s feeding off that energy from the crowd and Federer looks a tad concerned. The Brit kicks off Set 4 with a hold to 15 and again nudges that board in his favour.

SET! – FEDERER 6-4 6-4 5-7 NORRIE

Wow! Federer blazes a backhand off court and then misses a forehand up the line by a whisker. It leaves him facing three set points. The Maestro completely loses his concentration and drags a horrible forehand well wide. Norrie breaks to love and takes us into a fourth set!

FEDERER 6-4 6-4 5-6 NORRIE

That is some game from Norrie. He produces brave tennis after it looked like being curtains. The Brit blazes a routine forehand long to trail 15-30 and is soon facing two break points as Federer follows up a low slice with an arrow of a backhand. The Swiss misses a crosscourt backhand by a whisker and then lobs long. Norrie finds clutch serving from there and is now guaranteed the minimum of a tie break. Cue a roar of anticipation from the Centre Court. For once, they actually want Federer to come unstuck.

FEDERER 6-4 6-4 5-5 NORRIE

The crowd again look to engage Norrie in their hunger for a fourth set, but Federer shuts them out and slams the door on Cam's hopes on this occasion.

FEDERER 6-4 6-4 4-5 NORRIE

That is supreme serving. Norrie recovers from 0-15 to hammer down some excellent deliveries and apply some rare pressure to Federer. The 20-time Grand Slam champion will now serve to stay in Set 3.

FEDERER 6-4 6-4 4-4 NORRIE

There are plenty of shouts of ‘Come on, Cam!’ The spectators evidently want to see more of this match. Federer allows him back in from 40-0 but the Swiss avoids deuce when the Brit skews a horrible return off a second serve way wide of the tramlines.

FEDERER 6-4 6-4 3-4 NORRIE

It’s not quite been a case of lift off for Norrie here. The crowd seem keen to get behind him but he’s not really showing them how pumped up he is – until now, maybe…. They respond to a convincing hold and his clenched fist shows them he still feels he can make a match of this. It’s getting close to now or never time though.

FEDERER 6-4 6-4 3-3 NORRIE

Cam still isn’t doing enough on his return game. It’s easier said than done but he needs to change it up a little and get this crowd involved. Federer cruises again and polishes off another love hold with a deft, half volley to leave the Brit scrambling.

FEDERER 6-4 6-4 2-3 NORRIE

Cam gets the crowd engaged as he corks a big forehand winner and then catches Federer too tight to his baseline. The Swiss challenges but chuckles slightly as he knows he didn’t move quickly enough to cover the depth. Norrie then slams an ace down the middle T to turn a worrying 15-30 situation around.

FEDERER 6-4 6-4 2-2 NORRIE

Cam strikes first but Federer raises the stakes with a crisp crosscourt backhand winner before motoring through as quick as a flash to reach parity.

FEDERER 6-4 6-4 1-2 NORRIE

That’s a strange game for Federer. He takes a rare tumble and causes Norrie to miss for 0-30. The Brit rampages back and a crunching forehand puts him in charge. Federer pushes for deuce but hooks a miscued backhand short and wide to allow Norrie to keep his nose in front.

FEDERER 6-4 6-4 1-1 NORRIE

Close but no cigar. Norrie scurries from side to side looking for the avenue to pass Federer and earn a BP at 30-30. Federer stands tall and reigns supreme at the net before another big serve sees him through the hold.

FEDERER 6-4 6-4 0-1 NORRIE

The British No.2 knows it’s a LONG way back but he’ll continue to fight to the very last point. He has a superb work ethic. He opens Set 3 with a very solid hold to 15 but probably needs a spark on his return game very soon to truly ignite any semblance of realistic belief.

SET! - FEDERER 6-4 6-4 NORRIE

As assured as ever. Federer serves it out to love and is one set away from round four.

FEDERER 6-4 5-4 NORRIE

Super grit from the Brit. A tame backhand into the net coughs up set point but he saves it with a brilliant wrong-footing forehand. Clutch serving gets him out of a hole from deuce and it’s over to Federer to try and serve it out now.

FEDERER 6-4 5-3 NORRIE

Federer’s serve has done so much damage. Even when Norrie gets a foothold in the game, the serve fires for the Swiss and keeps him in control. It’s a hold to 30 and Roger is one away from a two-set lead.

FEDERER 6-4 4-3 NORRIE

The No.29 seed is refusing to go away though. He blazes his way through a quick-fire hold to remain invested in the set and hope that he can be ready if there is a lull from Federer.

FEDERER 6-4 4-2 NORRIE

Cam is making too many basic errors to truly cause Federer any real concern. A case in point comes at 40-0 down. He’s in charge of the point but hooks a backhand up the line into the net. The Brit needs to make those regularly if he’s going to turn the tide.

FEDERER 6-4 3-2 NORRIE

Federer threatens without conjuring up another break point. The Swiss rifles a backhand winner up the line and tries to apply pressure when Norrie double faults for deuce. The Brit lands a timely ace and then it’s Fed’s turn to miscue and his groan if dismay is heard just before a tame attempt cracks into the net. Norrie stays in touch.

FEDERER 6-4 3-1 NORRIE

An ace when you need one? That’s what eight-time Wimbledon champions do. Federer has to rally from 0-30 down and at deuce but finds the big serve when it matters to back up his break. It’s not exactly comfortable for the Swiss but he’s firmly in control at this juncture.

BREAK! – FEDERER 6-4 2-1 NORRIE

That’s a disaster for Norrie. He leads 30-0 but when Federer sizzles a return winner up his left wing the signs become ominous. The Swiss mops up a poor drop shot to earn the break point and then gets fortunate when the Brit flashes a forehand that he should easily make just long.

FEDERER 6-4 1-1 NORRIE

The crowd buzz with excitement as Norrie earns his first break points with a crosscourt fake before dinking a deft touch over the net. Federer responds in real style, crunching down a big serve and drive volley to make deuce. A rasping forehand puts him in charge and Norrie is left cursing himself when he drills long on a second serve.

FEDERER 6-4 0-1 NORRIE

There’s an unfortunate moment when a young boy gets a ball smack in the head. He’s okay and Norrie manages to re-focus to kick off Set 2 with an assured hold. Before Federer starts his service game, Norrie earns big applause from the crowd as he runs to the other end of the court and gives one of his towels to the kid. It’ll smart now, but in a few hours he’ll be made up with that momento.

SET! - FEDERER 6-4 NORRIE

The Swiss Maestro looks like he’s barely broken sweat as he serves it out to 15 to take the opener in 31 minutes.

FEDERER 5-4 NORRIE

That’s a touch of class. Norrie poses the serve-out question with a disguised drop shot from wide on his left flank. Federer sees it too late and casually strolls to his chair without giving any thought to trying to chase a sublime shot down.

FEDERER 5-3 NORRIE

Federer swash-buckles his way to a love hold and consolidates with the minimum of fuss. Suddenly, in the click of some fingers, the set looks to be racing away from the Brit.

BREAK! – FEDERER 4-3 NORRIE

Cam coughs up another gift with a double fault for 0-30 and then lashes a forehand long. Federer doesn’t turn down this present and corks his own forehand winner to break to love.

FEDERER 3-3 NORRIE

Federer picks and chooses the moment for it but when he serve and volleys it’s poetry in motion. It really is a sight to see on the Centre Court. He does it to gasps of awe for 40-0 and rapidly wraps up a perfect hold to level.

FEDERER 2-3 NORRIE

It’s probably fair to say Federer is doing most of the probing when the ball gets into anything resembling a rally but his radar is way off at present. He miscues down line and then long as Norrie well and truly puts that first game nightmare behind him.

FEDERER 2-2 NORRIE

The serve and volley does the trick to settle another routine hold for FedEx. The crowd are still yet to truly engage in this contest. No real rallies to get you on your feet.

FEDERER 1-2 NORRIE

Cam looks to have ironed out the kinks in that serve. There’s no danger here as he clocks up some welcome cheap points to rattle through four points in a row after dropping the opening one of the game.

FEDERER 0-1 NORRIE

That’s an escape! Norrie suffers a major case of the jitters with a trio of double faults. He saves break point with an ace and is let off the hook as Fed lashes a few forehands an inch long.

FED v CAM

Eight-time champion, Roger Federer takes on GB’s Cam Norrie in a contest that will surely have the Centre Court crowd divided over their loyalties.

GAME, SET AND MATCH! – RADUCANU 6-3 7-5 CIRSTEA

Sensational! The 18-year-old British wildcard downs the world number 45 in straight sets. She gets it done on her third match point after another mesmerising game between the two. The headlines belong to Emma and she thoroughly deserves it; what shot-making! She will now meet Ajla Tomljanovic in the last 16.

RADUCANU 6-3 6-5 CIRSTEA

Clench that fist and soak up the positive energy from the crowd. Emma keeps her nerves under wraps from 30-30 to edge out another close game. She’s guaranteed a shot at the tie break now – but can she nick it right at the death? Cirstea serving to stay in it once more.

RADUCANU 6-3 5-5 CIRSTEA

Sorana is calling upon all of her experience and know-how here. She conjures up a serve plus one when things start to get tricky at 30-15 and manages to see out a much more routine hold in the end. Raducanu did have her chances but after some majestic defence she couldn’t quite find the passing shots this time around.

RADUCANU 6-3 5-4 CIRSTEA

That’ll do the job. It’s far from the free-flowing, carefree tennis that saw her get into such a tantalising position, but it’s solid enough to see her dig out a hold to 30 as Cirstea blasts a forehand way long. Whisper it quietly, but Raducanu is a game from the fourth round.

RADUCANU 6-3 4-4 CIRSTEA

That is pure resilience from Cirstea. She refuses to let Raducanu seize control again. The Romanian saves FIVE break points in a testing 15-minute service game where Raducanu again steals the spotlight with some bewitching passing winners on the run. It isn’t to be for the Brit though as the world number 45 eventually drags herself level.

RADUCANU 6-3 4-3 CIRSTEA

Emma manages to reset and get herself back in front on the board at a key point in the set. A fourth double fault at 40-15 shows her nerves but she takes some heat off her next serve and corks a couple of big forehands to breach Cirstea’s defence and claim an important hold.

RADUCANU 6-3 3-3 CIRSTEA

All square. Sorana threatens a mini collapse at 40-0 up but dusts herself down following a double fault to edge out the game and back up the break. She currently has the momentum. What can Emma do to turn it back in her favour?

RADUCANU 6-3 3-2 CIRSTEA

Murmurs of concern flitter through the Court One air. Suddenly Raducanu loses her flawless run of hitting and Cirstea cranks up the heat. The 18-year-old wobbles and the Romanian snares another game back. The match is very much on again now!

RADUCANU 6-3 3-1 CIRSTEA

Credit to Cirstea. She could easily fall apart here but finally stops the rot. Everything Raducanu hits appears to fly in and two incredible winners on the run and then on the stretch clock up triple break point. Cirstea finds clutch mode on her serve and a wonderful drop shot to save all three before finally getting on the board. It’s a long way back, but she may have planted a tiny seed of doubt in the teenager’s mind now. We’ll see.

RADUCANU 6-3 3-0 CIRSTEA

It just keeps getting better! Cirstea looks beaten and her game-plan is in tatters. She offers little resistance as the British underdog cruises to a love hold. Sorana needs to try something different or another third round Wimbledon exit looks on the cards.

BREAK! – RADUCANU 6-3 2-0 CIRSTEA

The world number 45 has no answer out there right now. Emma’s return game is A-list stuff. She corks another winner down the line to break again and clock up a SEVENTH game in a row. What a performance!

RADUCANU 6-3 1-0 CIRSTEA

The hot streak continues to open Set 2 with a real statement of intent. Not even a double fault can halt her charge as she eases through another impressive service game.

SET! – RADUCANU 6-3 CIRSTEA

What an opener! Raducanu punches the air and grins towards the crowd. She breaks again, following up a crunching return to tee up two set points with a brilliantly improvised lob. It’s fairytale stuff – but can she keep it going to continue this incredible ride further?

RADUCANU 5-3 CIRSTEA

It’s four games in a row as Raducanu keeps Cirstea guessing with some brilliant variety on her serve. She backs up another break with a hold to 15 and is one game away from taking the opening set.

BREAK! – RADUCANU 4-3 CIRSTEA

Drama! Cirstea has a debate with the umpire on break point on a serve called out. It was a late shout and the Romanian is unhappy. She challenges but the second serve is way out. It’s another break for Emma and she’s ahead on the board! The Brit’s backhand is a sight to behold at the moment.

RADUCANU 3-3 CIRSTEA

This is truly superb from the teenage wildcard. A pair of aces help her surge through a rapid hold to consolidate in style.

BREAK! – RADUCANU 2-3 CIRSTEA

Lift off! Raducancu has the crowd on Court One off their feet. She continues to go for her shots and unloads a series of spectacular winners, particularly off that backhand wing. It’s forcing Cirstea to add a bit extra to her shots which adds risk value. She sizzles just long to cough up another break point and this time she can’t wriggle free as an awkward swipe up the right flank lands in the tramlines. Interestingly, Cirstea complained about a few rain drops on break point. She’s clearly not enjoying this one-sided atmosphere and fearless hitting from her opponent.

BREAK! – RADUCANU 1-3 CIRSTEA

The world number 45 has been playing second fiddle for much of this – but experience tells as she gets her reward for hanging tough and pouncing when Raducanu’s level dips. A double fault hands the Romanian two break points and although the Brit saves one with an ace, she’s undone by a sweeping backhand up the line.

RADUCANU 1-1 CIRSTEA

Blink and you’d have missed that. Emma clenches her fist and roars ‘come on!’ as she blitzes through a superb love hold. Nerves? Not a chance.

RADUCANU 0-1 CIRSTEA

That’s impressive from the 18-year-old as she comes roaring out of the traps full of belief. A pair of sizzling crosscourt backhands earn her an immediate break point but Cirstea swats it away with tremendous depth to force the error. A bullet forehand right to the corner puts the Romanian in control before a strong serve denies the Brit a perfect start.

Raducanu - remember the name!

Hello and welcome to LIVE coverage of Day Six at Wimbledon 2021. First up, we are focusing on British teenager Emma Raducanu. The 18-year-old wildcard has only recently completed her A-levels but has grabbed headlines this week after downing former French Open runner-up, the Czech world number 41 Marketa Vondrousova to make round three. She meets Romania’s Sorana Cirstea, who has also made a few waves by defeating two-time major winner, Victoria Azarenka. The players are due out on Court One imminently.

Federer v Norrie headlines on Saturday

Roger Federer cruised past Richard Gasquet in straight sets to set up a third-round clash with Britain's Cameron Norrie at Wimbledon and he clearly can't wait to face off against a home favourite.
"I hope the crowd gets into it," Federer said in his on-court interview.
I understand if they cheer for him and if it is for me it is because of the last 20 years and all the big wins I've had here.
"Cam is a good guy, he's had a great year and played well at Queen's, backing that up here."
Then he added, jokingly: "But enough now - I hope he goes out!"
When asked about the prospect of facing Federer prior to the legend's match, Norrie joked: "Come on, Gasquet!"
If there was a time to play Roger now is probably the time, I guess. He's still a decent player though, he still can play!
He later added in his press conference: "First of all, it's just going to be a pleasure to play against him again.
"I played him once before; he absolutely whacked me pretty easily.
"I'm going to just look at it like any other match, but I definitely need to take into account, obviously, he's got such a well-suited game for the grass. I actually watched his match against Adrian [Mannarino] in the first round. He's playing very well, and he looks comfortable out there.
"I thought it was a high-level match. Yeah, it's going to be a great experience. I've watched him and I have a lot of respect for him and his team, what he's done to the sport and for the sport. It's going to be unbelievable regardless."

Context

The Championships at the All England Club had to be cancelled last year due to the Covid-19 pandemic without a ball being hit.
In 2019, Novak Djokovic defeated Roger Federer in what was a match for the ages to lift his fifth Wimbledon title, while Simona Halep overcame Serena Williams to win the women's title two years ago.
Who is going to triumph this year?
Djokovic is the overwhelming favourite to make it three Grand Slams on the bounce after his triumphs at the Australian Open and French Open.
The women's draw is more wide open and Ashleigh Barty is the leading favourite, according to the bookies, with Serena Williams having already sadly left the tournament through injury.
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