The adventure of the eight-time champion of the tournament on English grass and twenty-time winner of Grand Slam titles, Roger Federer, stops at the Wimbledon quarter-finals. The Swiss tennis player, now almost 40 years old, and back from two very complicated years between a pandemic and above all two knee operations, gave up clearly in three sets against the Polish Hubert Hurkacz, offering probably the worst performance of the tournament.
The surprising adventure of the Pole who will face our Matteo Berrettini after beating Roger with the result of 6-3; 7-6; 6-0 continues. Roger Federer appeared very regretful at the press conference where he tried to understand the reasons for the defeat: "The last few meetings have been very hard and honestly I always felt at a point of no return, I'm not used to these situations.
The crowd was incredible, the ovation at the end of the race was fantastic and this is one of the reasons why I still continue to play. It was nice to see the stadium full and I'm sorry they saw my defeat. I congratulate my opponent and thank the audience for all the support he has given me over the years.
Last time in Wimbledon? I don't know, I really don't know. I have to sit down with my team and regroup. My goal last year was to play and try to do another Wimbledon, in fact I had to play the tournament last year but maybe there was some physical risk and then the pandemic was born.
Playing this year made me happy, I'm sorry I was eliminated but at the same time I'm happy to have moved on, especially after the risks of the first round with Mannarino. I would like to play here again but at my age nothing is safe.
Wimbledon was my first step but now I will do the due evaluations with my staff and we will try to understand the situation, but my goal is clearly to continue playing." Cryptic words that make us understand how the Swiss wants to play again and be a protagonist in the men's ATP Tour.
Wimbledon 2021: Ashleigh Barty will face Karolina Pliskova in the final!
Fifty years after Evonne Goolagong's first victory (who had dropped an encore nine years later) Ashleigh Barty brings the Australian flag back to the lawns of Church Road.
The number one of the seeding - who lost only six of the forty games played this season - also survives against Angelique Kerber in the semifinal of Wimbledon 2021. Kerber won the Championships in 2018. The Australian tennis player has trivially won the most important points.
It is no coincidence that she - after the break at the start - she recovers from a 0-30 situation at both 3-1 and 5-3 and puts her head ahead at the first useful opportunity. Kerber tries to make some small improvements to the tactical plan during the second fraction, even if the break that she engages in the start and that produces in parallel the 5-3 does not prove to be sufficient.
Barty recovers the disadvantage and thanks to a 6-0 split in the jeu decisif she closes at 6-3 7-6 (3) and her second Grand Slam final in her career. It will be a first time on the lawns of Church Road also for Karolina Pliskova, able to reach the final on the hard courts of Flushing Meadows in 2016.
The Czech tennis player - who had not exploited six match points in the most recent of the precedents against Aryna Sabalenka - recovers a set of disadvantage and evidently relies on the greater experience. In short: Pliskova flirts with the break at 2-2 and 3-3, but above all manages the matter with 90% of the first balls in the field.
At least until 5-6. The Czech tennis player, who loses control of a slap on the fly straight on the even fifteen, loses control of the exchange at 30-30 and above all dirties the notebook on the set point with a very bloody double fault.
Pliskova - despite the difficulties in the most delicate moment - manages to restore the hierarchies (with a break to zero in the fifth game) and above all to break the balance at the start of the third. The 5-7 6-4 6-4 that she matures on the threshold of two hours of play is practically a logical consequence.