Fans expected more from Roger Federer in Wednesday's match against Hubert Hurkacz at Wimbledon. The Swiss Maestro offered one of his worst performances on Center Court, a feeling that is confirmed in the 6-3 7-6 (4) 6-0 scored by the Pole.
The former world number 1 was unable to show notable progress compared to Roland Garros, breaking the pass for the quarters thanks also to a not impossible scoreboard. It should also be remembered that the 39-year-old from Basel was two sets to one behind on his debut against Adrian Mannarino, before an unfortunate accident forced the Frenchman to raise the white flag.
Many people wonder if we will see King Roger again on the lawns of Church Road, a question that not even Federer himself has been able to answer. Toni Nadal, who has been Rafael's coach for more than a decade, analyzed the situation of the 20-time Grand Slam champion in his column on El Pais.
A parallel could not be missing with the defeat of Rafael Nadal at Roland Garros. "It is clear that - for both Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal - their respective losses carry even greater weight than in any other context," wrote Uncle Toni.
"It was also noticed by the Swiss's tone of voice during the press conference after the match against the Pole, who eliminated him from Wimbledon with a rather sensational result. When reporters asked him if it was his last appearance in London, Federer didn't give a definitive answer.
He expressed his need to reflect and evaluate the situation, as it should be. I believe that he, Rafa and Novak Djokovic will decide to retire the day they feel they have no more chance of winning. I hope Roger can greet all four Grand Slams one by one.
Both he and his fans of him deserve one last performance in which to pay homage to a myth of our sport," he added.
Wimbledon 2021: Djokovic will challenge Berrettini in the final!
Seven at the Championships, like Arthur Gore and Pete Sampras, Thirty in the Slams, only one length behind Roger Federer: if needed, Novak Djokovic is still the best among the best.
Without shining, the number one of the Wimbledon 2021 seeding trivially wins the vast majority of the important points. Needless to say, he recovers a 3-5 disadvantage during the first fraction, avoids the jeu decisif in the second and cancels a total of ten of the eleven break points he makes available.
The 7-6 (3) 7-5 7-5 that he matures on the threshold of two and a half hours of play is practically a logical consequence. It goes without saying that in the final there will be Matteo Berrettini, recently beaten in the quarter-finals on the clay-courts of Bois de Boulogne and fresh from the victory-of-life against Hubert Hurkacz.
Shapovalov tries. If tennis were a simple matter of talent, Shapovalov would usually hang out in the top four in the Majors with some consistency. Unfortunately, or fortunately, he needs something else. The Canadian, who manages to make his head and arm work at the same time during the opening leg, does not give his performance consistency: the most obvious result is his elimination in straihht sets for 7-6 (3) 7-5 7 -5.
After Adriano Panatta at Roland Garros in 1976, Matteo Berrettini at Wimbledon in 2021. After 45 years there will be an Italian again to occupy a set of a Grand Slam final. Not even the best of writers would have been able to frame events so well.
Berrettini, in the lot of favorites on the eve of the tournament, with the finish line in plain sight, does not let himself be intimidated even by Hubert Hurkacz, executioner of Daniil Medvedev and Roger Federer. Rather. After a very complicated sixth game (which grabs the advantages) the blue player spreads completely with a mega-partial of 11-0 and perfectly blocks the opponent's comeback attempt.
The 6-3 6-0 6-7 (3) 6-4 that matures on the threshold of three hours of play is practically a logical consequence. After Nicola Pietrangeli, the aforementioned Adriano Panatta, Giorgio de Stefani, Francesca Schiavone, Sara Errani, Flavia Pennetta and Roberta Vinci, Berrettini joins the club of the Slam finalists.
It should also be said that no one had ever succeeded in the courts of Church Road. Obviously Novak Djokovic was present on the opposite side, chasing the sixth seal on the Londoner and above all the twentieth Slam title. Dreaming arrived at this remains permissible.