London, United Kingdom | AFP: Roger Federer was eliminated in the Wimbledon quarter-finals, as Colombian doubles champion Juan Sebastian Cabal and Robert Farah bid farewell, while Novak Djokovic quietly advances in his bid to reconfirm the 2019 title.
Sowing doubts about his future At the age of almost 40, the Swiss, the eighth racket in the world and eight-time Wimbledon champion, was unable to find a way to overcome the aggressiveness of Poland’s Hubert Hurkacz (18th in the world), who won. His 6-3, 7-6 (7/4), 6-0.
After undergoing two knee surgeries in 2020, “the goal was to play another Wimbledon,” he later explained at a press conference, explaining that he now doesn’t know what he’s going to do.
“We’ll talk a little bit tonight” and then “take a few days” to analyze what happened, he said. He said he did not feel physical discomfort but did not regain his physical and mental strength “to be more competitive”.
“At my age, you never know what awaits you near you,” he said, but although he does not want to limit himself on whether he will participate in the Tokyo Olympics, he emphasized that “the goal is to continue playing” and trust that retirement “ It won’t happen now.
If at the beginning of the match Federer could withstand a very tall player with a superb serve, who had eliminated Russian Daniil Medvedev (2) in the round of 16, in the first half in the sixth, everything was useless.
The 24-year-old Pole, who has not yet made it past the third round of the Grand Slam, attacked him insistently on a backhand and despite serving a match in the second set, he reclaimed the ground he lost to finish winning in a tiebreak.
There, and despite the massive support of the London crowd, Federer made almost unimaginable mistakes in him which he repeated in the third set, to defeat 6-0 for the first time at Wimbledon.
“This is something very special for me, it’s like a dream come true,” Hurkacz said after the match, at the end of which there was a standing ovation.
– Djokovic ‘hard’ –
For his part, Djokovic, who is seeking to equal the record for the 20th Grand Slam title shared by Federer and Spaniard Rafael Nadal – absent from Wimbledon this year – beat Hungarian Marton Fukowicz (48th) 6-3 without much difficulty, 6. 4 and 6-4.
Player number one appreciated: “You played a tough match.”
On Friday, he will face Canadian Denis Shapovalov (12th), who beat Russia’s Karen Khachanov (29th) 6-4, 3-6, 5-7, 6-1, 6-4 for a place in Sunday’s final.
In great shape at the age of 34, unlike many players who are struggling after the changes forced by the pandemic, Djokovic has another record on the horizon: entering the same season in the four major Grand Slam tournaments, something no tennis player has succeeded in a year 1969 .
“I love this sport with all my heart, body and soul,” the 2019 champion and defending champion said on Wednesday, with Wimbledon not taking place in 2020 due to the coronavirus, and “sometimes things seem unreal.”
– Kabal and Farah eliminated –
Hurkacz will play in the semi-finals against Matteo Berrettini, ranked 9 in the world, who is taking a decisive step on the London grass.
The 25-year-old Italian battled for three hours to win 6-3 5-7 7-5 6-3 over his Canadian friend Felix Auger-Aliassime (19), a player five years younger than him who is on the tour. Of the 16 he had beaten the German Alexander Zverev in five sets.
Berrettini said Hurkacz was “playing a very good season, but I feel ready, I have confidence, so let’s see what happens” on Friday.
In the doubles, the only category in which Spanish-speaking tennis players are still represented on Wednesday, the duo of Colombians Juan Sebastian Cabal and current Wimbledon champion Robert Farah were eliminated in the quarter-finals by American Rajiv Ram and Britain’s Joe Salisbury. At 2 hours 10 minutes for 6-3, 6-4, 7-6 (7/2).
And so ends Cabal and Farah’s hope of repeating their 2019 achievement, when they stunned at Wimbledon by winning the tournament to put themselves number one in the world.
The third seed now is the only duo from Colombia to reach a final on grass in London.
For their part, Spain’s Marcel Granollers and Argentina’s Horacio Zeballos, the fourth seed in doubles, qualified for the semi-finals after defeating the duo of Sweden’s Andre Goranson and Norway’s Casper Ruud 6-3 6-4 6-4. .
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