For the first time in more than five years, Yoni Erlich is looking forward to a second week of a Grand Slam tournament after going on an unlikely run at Wimbledon with German Philipp Petzschner.
The 38-year-old Erlich is playing with his eighth different partner of the year in Petzschner and the two were forced to come through the qualifiers due to their lowly ranking. However, Erlich, ranked No. 90 in the world, and Petzschner (113) became the first team to book its place in the quarterfinals of Wimbledon on Saturday, beating Marcus Daniell and Marcelo Demoliner 6-3, 4-6, 6-3, 6-3 in the third round for a fifth consecutive victory together.
Their next opponents will be the winners of Monday’s third round match between No. 2 seeds Ivan Dodig and Marcelo Melo, and Jonathan Marray and Frederik Nielsen.