Alexander Zverev, officially qualified for the ATP Finals, qualified for the third round of the BNP Paribas Open 2021, on the Californian hard-courts of Indian Wells: the German will now face Andy Murray, who after the victory with Adrian Mannarino confirms the very good period of form also against Carlos Alcaraz.
Needless to say, the three-time Grand Slam champion recovers one set of disadvantage and wins in three sets for 5-7 6-4 6-4 at the three hour mark of the world. While also maintaining a certain physical freshness. Stefanos Tsitsipas, Matteo Berrettini and Jannik Sinner also win.
In the women's singles, Aliaksandra Sasnovich mocked Simona Halep instead. After Emma Raducanu, the Belarusian tennis player also allows herself the luxury of putting an end to the race of a two-time Grand Slam champion.
Sasnovich, not new to playing the role of outsider, breaks the balance at the foot of the jeu decisif during the inaugural stage and then manages both the ups and downs better. Effectively sealing the success on 7-5 6-4. In the round of 16 she challenges her countrywoman Viktoria Azarenka, who gets rid of Petra Kvitova with the same identical score.
However, the match does not shine in terms of quality. Elina Svitolina needs to make up for a set delay, a break behind in the third and above all the jeu decisif to break down Sorana Cirstea's resistance. In the bottom half of the draw, the number two of the group Iga Swiatek undoes the resistance of Veronika Kudermetova with a 6-0 6-1 that she builds in just under sixty minutes of play.
She on the way to the Polish tennis player Jelena Ostapenko. After the extraordinary final on the hard court of Flushing Meadows (and the clear victory against Alize Cornet) the starlet Leylah Fernandez does not stop. On the contrary.
In the final part of the day the nineteen year old Canadian recovers a set of disadvantage to Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (finalist this year on the red brick of Bois de Boulogne) and earns the round of 16 match with Shelby Rogers thanks to a very rocky 5-7 6-3 6-4.
Toni Nadal: "The return of Roger Federer? I said..."
During an interview with the microphones of Tennis Majors Toni Nadal, former coach and uncle of the Spanish champion Rafael Nadal, talked about the conditions of his nephew and the Swiss champion Roger Federer, stating that the return of the Swiss is much more complicated than that of his nephew.
Roger Federer turned 40 a few months ago and underwent his third knee surgery in a year in August, while Rafa's season ended early due to a foot problem. Toni appeared much more optimistic about Rafa stating that he believes in at least another two or three years of the Spaniard at high levels.
Here are the words of Toni Nadal: "I think Roger Federer is much more complicated because he is 40 years old. He has returned from several operations and I don't know if everything is okay. In the case of Rafael, on the other hand, I am sure that he still has another two or three years of good level left and I am convinced that he will still be able to win a Grand Slam title.
The reality is that every year it becomes more difficult for them and every year the youngsters seem closer." The last match played by Roger Federer this year was in the quarter-finals of Wimbledon where the Swiss champion gave up in front of the blows of the Polish tennis player Hubert Hurkacz, clear winner in three sets.
At the end of the match Roger commented: "I was really unhappy with how things had gone at Wimbledon, I was not where I wanted and certainly I was not at my highest level. I did my best in the end and alas I had reached my limit.
proceed step by step." Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic are now in the final part of their careers. If the Serbian champion is still number and continues to grind record after record, a different situation for Roger and Rafa who in recent times are struggling with constant physical problems and the Swiss is now struggling with the twilight of his career.