Monday at Wimbledon features an action-packed lineup of past champions and future superstars. Here's a preview of the 16 matches that will decide the Slam's quarterfinalists. We'll update this as the jam-packed day moves along.
ASHLEIGH BARTY vs. ALISON RISKE
Barty vs. Serena is the one everyone is waiting for, but the Aussie will have to go through another American first. To get here, Riske has won three straight three-setters, and she won her only meeting with Barty, at an ITF 50K event on grass in 2016. Both women are better now than they were then—especially Barty.
BREAKING: Alison Riske, ranked No. 55 in the WTA, upsets world No. 1 Ashleigh Barty, 3-6, 6-2, 6-3, in the fourth round of #Wimbledon. Barty, the French Open champion, was on a 15-match win streak; Riske, from the U.S., has always been a threat on grass. https://t.co/JdwiNu6Mok pic.twitter.com/db1JH9sEop— TENNIS.com (@Tennis) July 8, 2019
SERENA WILLIAMS vs. CARLA SUAREZ NAVARRO
Seeing the Spaniard on the other side of the net will surely make Serena happy. They’ve played five times, and Suarez Navarro has never won more than three games in any set. This is their first meeting on grass, but if anything, that’s only going to make things worse for CSN.
Once again, Serena Williams routed Carla Saurez Navarro, setting up a Wimbledon quarterfinal with fellow American Alison Riske—not world No. 1 Ashleigh Barty. https://t.co/mqX2JkRZPp— TENNIS.com (@Tennis) July 8, 2019
ELISE MERTENS vs. BARBORA STRYCOVA
This is a minor surprise: Mertens is the No. 21 seed, and Strycova is unseeded. But the Czech all-courter often saves her best for Wimbledon, and she’s coming off a commanding upset win of No. 4 seed Kiki Bertens. Can she win the fabled Bertens-Mertens double? I’m thinking yes.
Strycova pulls off a Gauff-esque comeback, rallies from a set and 5-2 down to beat Mertens 4-6 7-5 6-2.— Ravi Ubha (@raviubha) July 8, 2019
PETRA KVITOVA vs. JOHANNA KONTA
If there’s a blockbuster fourth-rounder on the women’s side, it’s this one, especially for the home folks. They should come prepared to support Konta with everything they’ve got, though, because Kvitova has won three of their previous four matches. More important, once she gets rolling at Wimbledon, she’s very tough to stop.
ELINA SVITOLINA vs. PETRA MARTIC
Svitolina is the higher-ranked player, and has a 3-1 record against Martic. But Martic is playing as if she doesn’t believe she can lose right now. After reaching the quarterfinals at Roland Garros, she has won three matches at Wimbledon 6-4 in the third set.
KAROLINA PLISKOVA vs. KAROLINA MUCHOVA
Pliskova said “nothing could be worse” than having to play her last opponent, the stealthily swashbuckling Su-Wei Hsieh. How about playing an opponent from your own country, with your own first name? The third-seeded Pliskova, who is 1-0 against Muchova, may feel like she has bigger fish to fry at Wimbledon. Which means this could turn into a tricky trap match.
In the Battle of the Karolinas, it's South Karolina (Muchova, from Olomouc) who beats North Karolina (Pliskova, from Louny) 4-6, 7-5, 13-11.— Ben Rothenberg (@BenRothenberg) July 8, 2019
In her first Slam QF, Muchova will face #8 Svitolina for a spot in the #Wimbledon semifinals, guaranteeing a first-time Slam semifinalist.
SIMONA HALEP vs. COCO GAUFF
On paper, this is where Gauff’s Cinderella story should end. Halep will be the highest-ranked and most in-form player she’s faced, and she’ll make her do the most running. If the 15-year-old is going to pull off another miracle, she’ll need to serve lights out.
On Manic Monday, Coco Gauff ran out of magic. The 15-year-old American lost to former No. 1 Simona Halep in the fourth round, 6-3, 6-3. Still, it's a #Wimbledon run that she, and we, will never forget: https://t.co/nzg3sNEbVN pic.twitter.com/E67jhYhZi2— TENNIS.com (@Tennis) July 8, 2019
DAYANA YASTREMSKA vs. SHAUI ZHANG
Yastremska will take on Shuai Zhang in Manic Monday’s most under-the-radar affair, and one that will give these two unseeded players a rare chance at a Grand Slam quarterfinal. Yastremska won their only meeting, in two close sets on hard courts, last year.
Zhang Shuai is the first Chinese woman to reach the #Wimbledon quarter-finals since Li Na in 2013. Defeats Dayana Yastremska 4-6, 6-1, 6-2. Awaits Halep/Gauff!— Reem Abulleil (@ReemAbulleil) July 8, 2019
NOVAK DJOKOVIC vs. UGO HUMBERT
Humbert is a flashy, lanky, lefty shot-maker from France, and a 21-year-old to watch. In the future, that is. On Monday, in his first meeting with Djokovic, he’ll probably get a lesson in the value of being steady rather than flashy.
DAVID GOFFIN vs. FERNANDO VERDASCO
The 28-year-old Goffin feels a little 2016, and the 34-year-old Verdasco feels kinda 2009. But here these veterans are on Manic Monday in 2019. The Belgian and the Spaniard have split their six meetings 3-3; whatever year it is, this feels like a five-setter waiting to happen.
???????? Belgian History ???????? @David__Goffin defeats Fernando Verdasco 7-6(9), 2-6, 6-3, 6-4 to become the fifth Belgian man in history to reach the @Wimbledon quarter-finals. #Wimbledon pic.twitter.com/UG6JW2THxK— ATP Tour (@ATP_Tour) July 8, 2019
MILOS RAONIC vs. GUIDO PELLA
Somehow, despite a decade on tour together, the 29-year-old Argentine and the 28-year-old Canadian have never faced each other. Their first meeting will come on the right surface for the 2016 Wimbledon runner-up.
BENOIT PAIRE vs. ROBERTO BAUTISTA AGUT
In the biggest head-to-head surprise of the day, the Spaniard is 8-0 against the Frenchman (counting qualifiers and ATP Challengers). Bautista Agut also hasn’t dropped a set at Wimbledon, and he nearly beat Federer a couple of weeks ago in Halle. Paire may be having his best season, but the numbers tilt, slightly, in RBA’s direction.
Winner: Bautista Agut
First two players qualified for Men's Singles QFs at #Wimbledon are from Spain, as Bautista Agut improves his h2h vs Paire for 9-0 and reaches his 2nd career Grand Slam top 8.— José Morgado (@josemorgado) July 8, 2019
Roberto gets Raonic or Pella next.
SAM QUERREY vs. TENNYS SANDGREN
Neither of these two Americans has had a career year so far. But Querrey, a 2017 Wimbledon semifinalist, should be favored in their first meeting. He reached the final in Eastbourne last week, hasn’t dropped a set so far at Wimbledon, and may already be dreaming of a quarterfinal against Rafael Nadal. If he is, Sandgren has a chance.
.@SamQuerrey and his unstoppable serve prevail in a battle between former top ranked American juniors.— TENNIS.com (@Tennis) July 8, 2019
Querrey has held serve a remarkable 56 of 57 times this tournament: https://t.co/5pybTUmb8G#Wimbledon pic.twitter.com/yZz43mRJJY
RAFAEL NADAL vs. JOAO SOUSA
Sousa took a set from Nadal in Madrid in 2016, no mean feat. But those were Nadal's days of struggle; judging by his blowout win over Jo-Wilfried Tsonga on Saturday, he’s not struggling right now.
Is 2019 the year @RafaelNadal wins his third #Wimbledon title?— Wimbledon (@Wimbledon) July 8, 2019
The Spaniard cruises through to his seventh quarter-final at The Championships with an impressive victory over Joao Sousa pic.twitter.com/Mn16MmomzB
KEI NISHIKORI vs. MIKHAIL KUKUSHKIN
Like Yastemska vs. Shuai Zhang on the women’s side, there hasn’t been much talk about these two so far. Perhaps people are assuming that neither man is destined to go much farther in the draw. Nishikori, who is 9-0 against Kukushkin, is more likely to make it to the quarters.
 @KeiNishikori reaches 2nd straight #Wimbledon QF and improves to 9-0 vs. Mikhail Kukushkin with 6-3 3-6 6-3 6-4 win.— ATP Media Info (@ATPMediaInfo) July 8, 2019
Nishikori will be @RogerFederer's opponent on Wednesday as Swiss seeks historic 100th win at @Wimbledon. Federer leads H2H 7-3 (1-0 on grass).
ROGER FEDERER vs. MATTEO BERRETTINI
Who has had the better grass season so far? That’s probably not a question you thought you’d be asked about these two, but it’s a fair one. Federer is 7-0 with a title, but Berrettini is 10-1 with a title and a semifinal. That’s a promising sign for the muscular young Italian, but chances are he’ll be 10-2 after Monday.
8-time champion @RogerFederer reaches 17th #Wimbledon QF by improving to 16-0 in @Wimbledon 4R (+1 W/O).— ATP Media Info (@ATPMediaInfo) July 8, 2019
RF defeated  Matteo Berrettini 6-1 6-2 6-2. If he beats  @KeiNishikori or M. Kukushkin in QF, RF will be 1st player in history to earn 100 wins at a Grand Slam event.
More Big Three silliness...in a combined nine sets today, they faced a combined one break point. It was against Federer. He saved it. #Wimbledon— Jon Wertheim (@jon_wertheim) July 8, 2019
???? The Big 3 vs their 4th Rd opponents today:— Matthew Willis (@MattRacquet) July 8, 2019
6-2, 6-2, 6-2 - 6-3, 6-2, 6-3 - 6-1, 6-2, 6-2
1hr 45 -- 1hr 42 -- 1hr 13
4hrs 40 mins total (or 35 minutes shorter than the Nadal Djokovic semi final last year)
Break points faced: 1 (Federer)
74 (minutes required for Federer to beat Berrettini 6-1, 6-2, 6-2)— Christopher Clarey (@christophclarey) July 8, 2019
11 (points lost on serve for Federer)