Naomi Osaka qualified for round three at the Western & Southern Open 2021, on the Cincinnati hard-courts, thanks to a three-set victory over the young North American star Cori Gauff, with the final score of 4-6 6-3 6-4, recovering a set of disadvantage at the end of a very fun and balanced match.
In the next round the Japanese will meet Jil Teichmann. Present in Cincinnati for the Western & Southern Open 2021, Naomi Osaka attended her first press conference in months. However, things did not go at all as hoped: the Japanese woman burst into tears after a question from a journalist, member of the Cincinnati Enquirer, who asked her how it was possible to exploit her prestige to give up dialogue with the Press.
"That reporter's bullying attitude is the reason why relations between players and the press are increasingly strained," commented Osaka manager Stuart Duguid later. In the other match of the Cincinnati WTA 1000, world no.1 Ashleigh Barty needed the tie-break of the second set to overcome Heather Watson.
Belinda Bencic eliminated Shelby Rogers in straight sets. In the third round also Barbora Krejcikova, Petra Kvitova, Angelique Kerber and Garbine Muguruza. In the men's singles, Stefanos Tsitsipas defeat sebastian Korda, while Gael Monfils eliminated Alex De Minaur.
Alexander Zverev reached the third round thanks to the victory over Harris, while John Isner eliminated Jannik Sinner. Andrey Rublev go to the next round thanks to a three sets win over Marin Cilic. Hubert Hurkacz knocked out Andy Murray.
Roger Federer's parents praised their son
A few days before his 40th birthday, Roger Federer's parents Robert and Lynette gave a nice interview to Blick magazine. His dad Robert said: "Roger Federer looks a lot like me physically.
I think he has inherited many traits from me, it is so evident" Then Mom Lynette intervened: "From meshe probably received the discipline and the desire to move. Perhaps also his talent for hitting the ball."
Not even his parents imagined seeing him still on the court at 40. Lynette said: "He has always followed his instinct and his love for sport. In addition, his physique has held up quite well despite the repeated stresses of the past 25 years."
Robert Federer's father added about his amazing son: "It's great that he still lives for tennis. He tried very hard to recover his condition after knee operations, I found it truly admirable. Roger continues to live his dream, we respect him without ever getting too much in the way."
Lynette also said: "Roger Federer has always been a fun, active guy who had lots of friends around him. It was immediately evident that he wanted to play sports. It didn't matter who he was. Skateboarding, biking, ping pong or squash, he just liked to move.
It was not an obligation for him unlike many other children, he did it with pleasure. People have always been amazed by his exceptional talent and naturalness with which hit the ball from a very young age. However, we never imagined such a success."
His father Robert added: "We never had the thought that he was going to be a champion of the sport. We always behaved normally, letting things run as smoothly as possible." The next months for Roger Federer will be crucial after giving up the Masters 1000 in Toronto and Cincinnati.
The former world number 1 suffered a knee relapse during the grass season, having had to give up the Tokyo Olympics and the dream of winning the gold medal in singles. His participation in the last Grand Slam of 2021, the US Open, seems far from obvious, considering that the King has played only five tournaments this year.
Several fans and insiders believe that the 20-time Grand Slam champion is seriously thinking about retiring, thanks to a physicist who doesn't want to leave him alone. The Swiss legend played his last match at Wimbledon, where he surrendered in the quarter-finals to a wild Hubert Hurkacz.
The bagel handed to him by the Pole in the third set had alarmed his countless fans, who had never seen him so helpless on Center Court.