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Ajla Tomljanovic win v Emma Raducanu sets Wimbledon record on final Manic Monday

Ajla Tomljanovic of Australia plays a forehand in her Ladies' Singles Fourth Round match against Emma Raducanu of Great Britain during Day Seven of The Championships - Wimbledon 2021 at All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 05, 2021 in London, England.

Tomljanovic reached the quarter-finals (Picture: Getty Images)

Manic Monday will cease to exist from 2022 onwards but the final edition produced a remarkable set of results.

From next year, Wimbledon will no longer pause on Middle Sunday, with fourth round singles matches instead spread across both Sunday and Monday.

In years gone by, including this, every last-16 singles player in both the men’s and women’s draws would compete on Monday, with a rest day on Sunday.

Few Manic Monday’s have produced quite so unexpected results as this and it’s been a record-breaking day at the All England Club.

For the first time in the tournament’s history, there will be 12 first-time quarter-finalists.

Denis Shapovalov of Canada celebrates victory after winning his Men's Singles Fourth Round match against Roberto Bautista Agut of Spain during Day Seven of The Championships - Wimbledon 2021 at All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 05, 2021 in London, England.

Shapovalov reaced the quarter-finals (Picture: Getty)

After Ajla Tomljanovic’s late-night win on Court 1 over British teenager Emma Raducanu – who was forced to retire – there are an outright record six women’s quarter-finalists who have never reached this stage, with Ash Barty, Karolina Pliskova, Viktorija Golubic, Ons Jabeur and Aryna Sabalenka also making their debuts.

In 1997 and 2014 there were five women who were first-time quarter-finalists but this is now an Open Era record.

The men’s record (six) was also equalled after Felix Auger-Aliassime, Karen Khachanov, Marton Fucsovics, Matteo Berrettini and Denis Shapovalov all advancing, with one of Daniil Medvedev and Hubert Hurkacz – who have to finish their match on Tuesday – also set to be a first-time quarter-finalist. The same total was also hit in 1991, and 2002.



Wimbledon quarter-finals line-up

Men’s

Djokovic vs Fucsovics
Shapovalov vs Khachanov
Berrettini vs Auger-Aliassime
Federer vs Medvedev/Hurkacz

Women’s

Barty vs Tomljanovic
Muchova vs Kerber
Golubic vs Pliskova
Sabalenka vs Jabeur

In total, the previous record across both draws stood at 10 – with five men and five women both becoming first-time quarter-finalists in 2014. A record 12 have progressed this year.

There will be five full first-time quarter-finalist match-ups.

Canadian 10th seed Shapovalov – who knocked out Andy Murray in the third round – takes on Russia’s Khachanov, while Italian Queen’s champion Berrettini faces Auger-Aliassime/Zverev in the men’s draw.

World No. 1 Barty meets fellow Aussie Tomljanovic, while Golubic-Pliskova and Sabalenka-Jabeur are also first-time quarter-finalists.

There are a few old hands left in the draw, Roger Federer – who faces either Medvedev or Hurkacz – and Novak Djokovic, who takes on Hungarian surprise package Fucsovics, have won the title 13 times between them, while Angelique Kerber – who meets Czech Karolina Muchova – is also a former Wimbledon winner.

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