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Wimbledon 2021: Karen Khachanov Ruins Sebastian Korda Birthday to Reach Maiden Quarter-final

Karen Khachanov (Photo Credit: Wimbledon Twitter)

Karen Khachanov (Photo Credit: Wimbledon Twitter)

Karen Khachanov overcame birthday boy Sebastian Korda 3-6, 6-4, 6-3, 5-7, 10-8 to reach his first Wimbledon quarter-final.

Karen Khachanov reached the Wimbledon quarter-finals for the first time on Monday with a five-set win over Sebastian Korda who was celebrating his 21st birthday. Russian 25th seed Khachanov triumphed over his American rival 3-6, 6-4, 6-3, 5-7, 10-8 and will face either Canadian 10th seed Denis Shapovalov or eighth-seeded Roberto Bautista Agut of Spain, a semi-finalist in 2019, for a place in the last four.

A marathon 81-minute final set on Court 18 featured 13 breaks of serve before Khachanov steadied himself to take the victory.

Korda was attempting to emulate his father Petr who was a quarter-finalist at the All England Club in 1998.

The world number 50 came within two points of victory at one stage in the final set.

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first published:July 05, 2021, 20:03 IST