Wimbledon 2021: Federer and Djokovic Ease Through Last 16 Matches
Straight-set triumphs in their last-16 matches led the eight-time Wimbledon champion Roger Federer and the world #1 Novak Djokovic into the quarter-finals at the world’s most famous tennis tournament.
After a slightly slower start in the first round, which saw trail 1-0 against the local wild card hopeful Jack Draper, Djokovic hasn’t dropped a single set in his other games at the championship. With the latest victory 3-0 win against Chile’s Cristian Garin, the Serb raced into the quarterfinals on Manic Monday, July 5, continuing the chase for his sixth Wimbledon crown and third successive Grand Slam this year.
34-year old Djokovic has reached his 50th Grand Slam quarter-final and will face Hungarian Marton Fucsovics for a spot in the semifinals.
Djokovic pointed out that he was mentally present in the game against 17th seed Garin and expressed satisfaction with his match performance.
“From my side, as I said, I served well and am comfortable. That’s probably affecting the game in general. When I’m able to serve well, get a lot of free points on my first serve when I go quickly through my service games, it just gives me more confidence, allows me to relax a bit more on the return games and from the back of the court,” said Djokovic in a press conference after the match.
Meanwhile, eight-time Wimbledon winner Roger Federer won 7-5 6-4 6-2 against Italy’s Lorenzo Sonego. He will play Hubert Hurkacz for a spot in the finals after the Pole stunned second seed Daniil Medvedev in a big comeback on Tuesday. The Swiss, who turns 40 next month, reached his 58th Grand Slam quarterfinal despite recovering from a knee injury that forced him to undergo two surgeries.
The Federer-Hurkacz match will be held at the Centre Court at full outdoor crowd capacity, for the first time in the UK since the outburst of the COVID-19 pandemic. With restrictions easing up and fans returning to the stadiums, sports venues are filling up with audiences, and casinos are seeing more and more sports betting.
“I tried to think back like what would it have meant for me to win Wimbledon with no crowds in finals. Last year I was thinking that as I was watching guys play with very little crowd or no crowd. I felt like it probably would have taken 70% or 80% of everything away from me. Sure, I would have been Wimbledon champion, but it never would have felt the same. That’s why (I’m) so happy that we have crowds back,” Federer said in his post-match interview.