Roger Federer's path at Wimbledon came to an end with much disappointment, the almost forty-years-old tennis player's dream of reaching yet another final of his career. The Swiss tennis player struggled especially in the first two sets but gave up and collapsed under the blows of the opponents with the Polish Hubert Hurkacz who appeared in great shape.
The quarter-finals still represent an excellent result for Federer, especially after the poor results shown in previous tournaments, between Halle and the home tournament in Geneva. In the press conference, the Swiss tennis player appeared disappointed but also tried to analyze the salient points that have characterized his career.
Here are his words: "I was disappointed and to tell the truth I still am. I feel exhausted and I could go to sleep now. I have put everything in these weeks and I have to say that these last 18 months have been long and really hard.
Anyway I am very happy with what I have been doing in the last few weeks. Retirement? No, now I just have to stop and put everything into perspective. You always need a goal as a tennis player and you have to know that you have to go step by step, Wimbledon was the first step, now I will do the assessments and see what went well and what didn't, how I am mentally these days.
I have to take my time and find the right decision, but I want to keep playing. Olympic Games? I'll take a few days off, sit down and make the necessary assessments. Not what I will do in the next few weeks, but I think I'll make an announcement anyway."
Generally speaking also about the match Federer commented: "I will have to analyze everything better with the team, I felt that something was missing. As regards the match the wind played a small role in the match and the movements with the legs were not the best.
and this did not allow me to defend. I tried everything and I would have liked to do better but it just wasn't possible."
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.