Israeli tennis player Dudi Sela made history at Wimbledon Friday when he became the first Israeli man in 20 years to advance to the fourth round of the prestigious tournament in London.
Sela beat Spaniard Tommy Robredo, 7-6 (8), 7-5, 2-6, 7-5. Only three other Israeli men have ever been part of the final 16 singles players in the world's four Grand Slam tournaments (Wimbledon, the Australian Open, the French Open and the U.S. Open).
Sela is the first Israeli since Amos Mansdorf, who reached round of 16 in 1992's Australian Open, to accomplish such a feat.
Sela, who is currently the world's 46th-ranked player on the men's tour, will next face Serbia's Novak Djokovic, ranked number 4 in the world. Sela's Wimbledon accomplishments are expected to vault him into the world's top 30.
Another Israeli player, Andy Ram, also reached the round of 16 in the men's doubles competition. He and Belorussian Max Mirnyi defeated Thai twins Sanchai and Sonchat Ratiwatana 7-6, 6-4, 6-3.
Sources: YnetNews, The Jerusalem Post