After a year of fasting due to the global pandemic, the tennis world will return to embrace the Wimbledon tournament, the most prestigious of its strongholds. This morning the draw was drawn for the tournament that will start on Monday.
The first news is that, if we want, we could witness the re-release of the breathtaking final of 2019 because Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer will preside over the opposite halves of the board: at the top, of course, the world number one, at the bottom the eight-time champion of the Championships.
Matteo Berrettini also avoided the half of the board manned by Djokovic and he is positioned in the third quarter where he should face Zverev in the quarterfinals. Soft first round for Djokovic who will face the British Draper, but in the 2nd round the Serbian could find Kevin Anderson, which would mean giving life to a match that was a final in this tournament.
While Federer's first round against Mannarino is more complex, one who finds the best tennis of him on grass, even if he has lost all six precedents against the Swiss. Federer's path should then include Gasquet in the 2nd round and Norrie in the 3rd with Sonego or Carreno Busta in the round of 16.
These are the potential quarter-finals, always keeping faith with the seeded players: Djokovic-Rublev
Wilander: "Roger Federer had a bad body language in Halle"
The grass season certainly did not start in the best way for Roger Federer, who left the scene in the second round in Halle.
It was even since 2001 that the Swiss champion did not leave the German tournament before the quarter-finals. The defeat at the hands of Felix Auger-Aliassime showed alarming signs less than a week from Wimbledon, which represents the great goal of his season together with the Tokyo Olympics.
As if that were not enough, the former world number 1 showed up two hours late at the press conference, explaining that he needed to swallow the progress of the third set before speaking to the media. The 39-years-old from Basel will be seeded number 7 at the Championships, which kick off next Monday after last year's cancellation (due to the global pandemic).
Many wonder if it will be his last performance of him on Church Road, where he will try to win the ninth trophy of his unrivaled career. Speaking on Eurosport, Alex Corretja and Mats Wilander said they were concerned about the body language manifested by the Swiss.
Corretja said: "My main fear is that he still doesn't feel 100% physically secure. He needs a very convincing first week at Wimbledon to get the pace to play 100% in the decisive rounds. In that case he would become dangerous, but there are many players who can hurt him right now.
In past years, however, there were only two or three rivals who could beat him." Wilander focused on Roger Federer's attitude: "I had only seen that body language once against Gustavo Kuerten at Roland Garros.
The fact that he has pointed the finger at himself is not a positive sign. That body language fuels the confidence of his opponents, because it seemed he didn't want to fight to the end. A 21-year-old boy is willing to stay on the pitch for 5 hours just to beat Federer."