Evans’ Wimbledon run ended by Korda as Djokovic marches on

The son of former Australian Open champion Petr, the 20-year-old now has the chance to emulate his father’s Wimbledon best of a last eight appearance at Wimbledon on Monday on what will be his 21st birthday.

Just five days after his sister Nelly won golf’s PGA Championship, it was the latest sporting achievement from a remarkable family.

After the win, Korda, hailed as the next big hope of American tennis said: “My dad won a Grand Slam, my sister won her first Major and is the No1 golfer in the world. It’s super inspiring, it’s crazy.”

For Evans, it was a case of what might have been in a match that ebbed and flowed.

Set one deservedly went to Korda before Evans levelled, Korda again had the ascendancy in the third and the fourth looked to be heading Evans’ way once more with a break up. But he was broken twice more and, with it, went the match 6-3 3-6 6-3 6-4.

It left him pondering what might have been, a litany of break points he could not convert as his opponent’s big serve repeatedly came to the rescue.

But the American qualifier, who had played second fiddle for much of the third-round match, pushed the world No1 to the tightest of third set tiebreaks.

Despite Djokovic double faulting on both of his opening services of that tiebreak and Kudla having a set point, the world No1 rallied for a 6-4 6-3 7-6 victory, meaning he is yet to drop a set since his first against Britain’s Jack Draper in the opening round.

The disparity between the players was abundantly clear between the two players before they even walked out on court – Djokovic boasting 84 ATP Tour titles, 19 of them Grand Slams, to Kudla’s zero.

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