2022年溫布爾登:諾瓦克-德約科維奇將在全英俱樂部對陣蒂姆-范里霍夫

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2022年溫布爾登:諾瓦克-德約科維奇將在全英俱樂部對陣蒂姆-范里霍夫

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在九十年代末和九十年代初,在溫布爾登的主要表演場地上,你無法逃避聽到支持--有時是痛苦--的呼喊:"加油,蒂姆!"。

當被問及他是否知道這些喊聲的背景時,這位25歲的年輕人笑着說。"我想你說的是蒂姆-亨曼。那只是比我的時代早一點。

"顯然,我確實知道蒂姆-亨曼作為一個球員。但對我來說,這聽起來並不熟悉。"

另一件對很多人來說聽起來不熟悉的事情是蒂姆-范里霍芬這個名字。

他不知從何而來,已經成為本賽季草場上的一名球員,並在溫布爾登第四輪擊敗格魯吉亞22號種子尼科洛茲-巴西拉什維利,贏得了在草場上的連續第八場勝利。

值得注意的是,在上個月的主場比賽之前,他從未贏得過ATP巡迴賽的正賽,直到他在's-Hertogenbosch的主場比賽。

更令人難以置信的是,當時世界排名第205位的他在決賽中擊敗了世界排名第一的丹尼爾-梅德韋傑夫,繼續捧起了獎盃。

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許多人將他的突破描述為一個童話故事,但現實是他的旅程遠非如此神奇。

衰弱的傷病使他的職業生涯中斷了三年,而他曾是一個很有前途的年輕人,似乎註定要做大事。

生理問題帶來的心理影響也很難應對。

范里霍芬說:"這是一個漫長的旅程,"他在最近的成功基礎上攀升至世界第104位。

"我有過起伏,在這裡和那裡受傷,也有過精神上的掙扎。

"有三次大的受傷。我做了一個手腕手術。我做了一個動脈手術。另一個不是手術,而是肘部受傷,只是花了9個月時間才痊癒。

"我只是很高興能在我現在的位置上。我希望能在那裡多呆幾年--或者,實際上,多呆很多年。"

設法克服他的體能問題,並開始發揮他的才能,花了幾個月的時間來奉獻和反省,以重建他擔心可能已經被摧毀的職業生涯。

一旦他能夠看到黑暗隧道盡頭的光明,范里霍芬說 "非常積極的氛圍 "最終到來,並成為他最近成功的關鍵。

你可以想象,當他面對另一位知道草地球場上的成功是什麼感覺的球員時,將需要同樣的特點和能量。

德約科維奇的目標是第七個溫布爾登男單冠軍,這將使他與皮特-桑普拉斯持平,比羅傑-費德勒的記錄落後一個。

頭號種子輕而易舉地進入了16強,他在對塞爾維亞同胞Miomir Kecmanovic的一場令人信服的勝利中只丟了7局。

35歲的德約科維奇在中心球場以6-0 6-3 6-4獲勝,贏得了他在草地上的第24場連勝,這一戰績可以追溯到2018年,當時他在皇后賽決賽中被馬林-西里奇擊敗。

對於與20屆大滿貫冠軍德約科維奇交手的前景,范里霍夫說。"在比賽開始之前,對我來說,能和他比賽是一個夢想。

"所以能夠有這樣的機會,甚至可能在中心球場或一號球場比賽,是美麗而神奇的。

"我在每場比賽中都認為我可以贏得比賽。同樣對陣德約科維奇,我也會在比賽中想着我能贏。"

無論兩人最終在哪個球場比賽,處於劣勢的一方肯定會得到很多英國人的支持。

亨曼在SW19追求榮譽的過程中,有三個小詞無處不在--自從有點調皮地縫進英國體育文化的結構中--將在他耳邊響起。

在周五的其他比賽中,19歲的卡洛斯-阿爾卡拉斯戰勝了德國選手奧斯卡-奧特,成為自2011年以來進入溫布爾登16強的最年輕選手。

這位經常被描述為22屆大滿貫冠軍拉斐爾-納達爾的自然繼承人的西班牙五號種子,在短短1小時38分鐘內以6-3 6-1 6-2獲勝。

哈薩克斯坦的亞歷山大-布勃利克是這項運動中更多的非正統球員之一,當他在對美國人弗朗西斯-蒂亞福的一個發球局中打出六個腋下發球時,他將其提升到一個不同的水平。

在全英俱樂部二號球場,布勃利克挽救了三個破發點,最終贏得了比賽,儘管他在第四盤仍以3-1落後。

23號種子蒂亞福保持專注,以3-6 7-6 (7-1) 7-6 (7-3) 6-4獲勝。

大個子美國人約翰-伊斯內爾創造了更多的網球歷史,他在第三輪與意大利人揚尼克-辛納的比賽中打破了所有的Ace記錄。

這位37歲的選手在上一輪比賽中擊敗了安迪-穆雷,超過了克羅地亞人伊沃-卡洛維奇的13728個記錄,但王牌並沒有阻止他以6-4 7-6(7-4)6-3輸給10號種子。

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During the late nineties and early noughties, you couldn't escape hearing supportive - and sometimes anguished - cries of 'Come on, Tim!' on Wimbledon's main show courts.

When asked if he knew the context of the shouts, the 25-year-old smiled and said: "I think it's Tim Henman you're talking about. That's just a little bit before my time.

"Obviously I do know Tim Henman as a player. But for me it didn't really sound familiar."

Another thing that won't sound familiar to many people is the name Tim van Rijthoven.

Out of nowhere, he has become one of the form players of the grass-court season and earned his eighth successive win on the surface by beating Georgian 22nd seed Nikoloz Basilashvili in the Wimbledon fourth round.

Remarkably, he had never won an ATP Tour main-draw match until his home tournament in 's-Hertogenbosch last month.

Even more incredibly, the then world number 205 went on to lift the trophy by beating world number one Daniil Medvedev in the final. • None Live text, TV and radio as Norrie leads Johnson by two sets • None Jabeur entertains on her way to Wimbledon last 16

Many have described his breakthrough as a fairytale, but the reality is his journey has been far from magical.

Debilitating injuries wiped three years out of a career which, having been a promising junior, seemed destined for great things.

The psychological impact of the physiological problems was also difficult to cope with.

"It's been one long journey," said Van Rijthoven, who has climbed to 104th in the world on the back of his recent success.

"I've had my ups and downs, injuries here and there, and also struggled mentally.

"There were three major injuries. I had a wrist surgery. I had an artery surgery. The other one wasn't a surgery, but it was an elbow injury just took nine months to heal.

"I'm just happy to be in the place I am right now. I hope to be there for a couple more years - or, actually, a lot more years."

Managing to overcome his fitness problems and starting to fulfil his talent took months of dedication and soul-searching to rebuild a career which he feared might have been destroyed.

Once he was able to see light at the end of a dark tunnel, Van Rijthoven says "very positive vibes" eventually arrived and have been key to his recent success.

You would imagine the same characteristics and energy will be needed when he faces another player who knows what success on a grass-court feels like.

Djokovic is aiming for a seventh Wimbledon men's title which would put him level with Pete Sampras and one behind Roger Federer's record.

The top seed breezed into the last 16 when he dropped just seven games in a convincing win against fellow Serb Miomir Kecmanovic.

Djokovic, 35, won 6-0 6-3 6-4 on Centre Court to earn his 24th consecutive victory on grass, a run stretching back to 2018 when he was beaten by Marin Cilic in the Queen's final.

On the prospect of playing 20-time major champion Djokovic, Van Rijthoven said: "Before the tournament started, it was a dream for me to play him.

"So to be able to have that chance and to maybe even play on Centre Court or Court One is beautiful and magical.

"I go into every match thinking I can win the match. Also against Djokovic I'll go into that match thinking I can win."

Whichever court the pair end up playing on, the underdog is sure to have lots of British support.

Three little words that were omnipresent during Henman's pursuit of glory at SW19 - and since somewhat mischievously sewn into the fabric of British sporting culture - will be ringing in his ears.

Elsewhere on Friday, 19-year-old Carlos Alcaraz became the youngest man to reach the Wimbledon last 16 since 2011 when he powered past Germany's Oscar Otte.

The Spanish fifth seed, often described as the natural heir to 22-time Grand Slam champion Rafael Nadal, won 6-3 6-1 6-2 in just one hour and 38 minutes.

Kazakhstan's Alexander Bublik is one of the sport's more unorthodox players, taking it to a different level when he hit six underarm serves in one service game against AmericanFrances Tiafoe.

The entertainment was lapped up by the crowd on Court Two at the All England Club, with Bublik saving three break points to eventually win the game, although he still trailed 3-1 in the fourth set.

Tiafoe, seeded 23rd, kept his focus to seal a 3-6 7-6 (7-1) 7-6 (7-3) 6-4 victory.

Big-serving American John Isner made more tennis history as he broke the all-time aces record during his third-round match against Italy's Jannik Sinner.

The 37-year-old, who beat Andy Murray in the previous round, passed Croatian Ivo Karlovic's mark of 13,728 but the aces did not stop him losing 6-4 7-6 (7-4) 6-3 to the 10th seed. • None Alerts: Get tennis news sent to your phone

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