Marcus Daniell through to Wimbledon quarter-finals for first time after progressing on two fronts in doubles competitions
Daniell, coached by Dave Sammel, and Dutch partner Wesley Koolhof showed tremendous determination and resilience to overcome Mexico’s Santiago Gonzalez and Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi from Pakistan 7-5 6-7(6) 6-4 6-4 in just short of three-and-a-half hours on Court 16.
After edging the first set, Daniell and Koolhof recovered from an early break during a second set that went the distance before Gonzalez and Qureshi took the tie-break 8-6 to level the scores.
Breaks were proving hard to come by but Daniell and Koolhof – who had recovered from two sets down to beat Cameron Norrie and Jaume Munar in the second round on Saturday – managed to force one in the fifth game of the third set.
That proved to be enough to secure that set and they broke again in the penultimate game of the fourth before going on to record a well-earned victory.
They will now face the fellow unseeded duo of Croatia’s Ivan Dodig – a French Open champion in 2015 and Wimbledon runner-up in 2013 – and Filip Polasek of Slovakia in the last eight.
Daniell is also through to the third round of the mixed doubles with Jennifer Brady of the United States after their scheduled opponents for Monday, number 7 seeds Manuel Gonzalez and Xu Yifan, pulled out.
Matwe Middelkoop of the Netherlands and China’s Zhaoxuan Yang await in the last 16.