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Roger Federer Eyes More History At Wimbledon On 10th Anniversary Of Epic Loss

Despite a record eight Wimbledon titles, the world No.2 has also suffered heartbreak at the tournament.

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A decade seems like a long time ago, but it is hard for Roger Federer to forget the final of the Wimbledon Championships that year.

 

The Swiss superstar was the top seed in the tournament, bidding to win the men’s title for the sixth year in a row. Something that had only ever been achieved by Great Britain’s William Renshaw during the 1890s. His opponent in the final was the king of clay Rafael Nadal. During a match marred by the poor weather, Federer was just two points away from claiming the title. Only to be denied by Nadal, who broke in the 15th game of the deciding set to close the match out 9-7 after four hours and 50 minutes of pulsating action.

“I think it was one of the hardest losses I ever had, no doubt about it. I was so close to making it six in a row.” Federer said during his press conference on Sunday.
“The initial reaction was, Okay, got to win it again next year, ’09, and I did, in an epic one against Roddick. That was beautiful after the heartbreak in ’08.

“It was a great match for many reasons. It also made me more human potentially, the loss under the circumstances. But it was a great match to be part of.”

Many still regard that match as the greatest in the Federer-Nadal rivalry. The two have locked horns 38 times on the tour with Nadal leading their head-to-head 23-15. The 2008 final was a roller coaster of emotion for both men. Although the 36-year-old admits that he tries to forget about the loss.

“I think for me it was one of the matches I tried to sort of forget a little bit. I remember it being dark. I remember the passing shot down the line. I remember the things I said pretty much vaguely. I hardly remember there were rain delays, to be honest.” He reflected.
“Funny enough, I think once that match was over, all you remember is certain things, and you sort of need to move on.”

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Fast forward 10 years and the draw is identical. Once again, Federer is the top seed ahead of Nadal. Placing the two on a collision course for the final. Although Nadal’s recent record at The All-England Club has been far from spectacular. He last reached the quarter-finals of the tournament in 2012. Since then, Nadal has only won back-to-back matches at Wimbledon on two out of five occasions. Not counting 2016 when he withdrew due to a left wrist injury.

“I think Rafa is one of the big favourites,” Federer said shortly after his loss to Borna Coric in Halle.
“When Rafa is healthy, anything is possible for him.”

On Monday Federer opens up his campaign on Centre Court in what is becoming something of an unofficial tradition. It is the eighth year that Federer has played his opening match on the premier court. This time round he takes on Dusan Lajovic. A 28-year-old Serbian who has defeated Juan Martin del Potro and took Alexander Zverev to five sets earlier this year. However, both of those occasions were on the clay.

“If I think of tomorrow (Monday), I think it remains a little bit nerve-wracking in all honesty.” The world No.2 said about playing on Centre Court.
“It’s a big deal. I mean, besides the history and the mythical place that it is, you cannot also practice on it. When you come out, there’s a bit of uncertainty for both players, from a very quiet week and site that we’ve seen this week, it’s just packed everywhere. The entire atmosphere changes at Wimbledon, and you realize the eyes are on you. That naturally makes you a bit nervous I believe.”

Heading into this year’s championship, Federer has won 91 out of 102 matches played at Wimbledon. Since 2003, he has only failed to reach the second week once back in 2013.

Federer is scheduled to start his match at 13:00 GMT on Monday. He is bidding to become the first male player in history to win a ninth Wimbledon title in singles competition.

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Andrey Rublev moves past Ilya Ivashka to reach the quarter finals in St. Petersburg

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Andrey Rublev overcame Ilya Ivashka 6-4 6-4 after 1 hour and 39 minutes to advance to the quarter finals for the third time in his career in St. Petersburg Open. 

 

Rublev fended off all seven break points and earned two breaks in the seventh game of the first set and in the third game of the second set. The Moscow native player fired 10 aces and won 84 % of his first service points. 

The eight-time titlist is aiming to win his third career title on home soil after his previous titles in Moscow 2019 and St. Petersburg 2020. 

Rublev set up a quarter final clash against either Sebastian Korda or Botic Van de Zandschulp.Karen Khachanov knocked out Adrian Mannarino 6-3 6-3 after 1 hour and 25 minutes. Khachanov will take on 2014 US Open champion Marin Cilic, who eased past Albert Ramos Vinolas 6-2 6-3 after 1 hour and 23 minutes. Cilic leads 1-0 against Khachanov in their only previous head-to-head match in Cincinnati in 2018.

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Matteo Berrettini rallies from one set down to beat Nikoloz Basilashvili in Vienna

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This year’s Wimbledon finalist Matteo Berrettini came back from one set down to beat Nikoloz Basilashvlili 6-7 (5-7 ) 6-3 6-2 after 2 hours and 5 minutes reaching the quarter final at the Erste Bank in Vienna. 

 

Berrettini saved all three break points he faced and hit 22 aces, including two on the last two points of the match. 

Number 3 seed Berrettini had won three of his previous head-to-head matches against Indian Wells finalist Basilashvili, but they met for the first time on in indoor court. Berrettini had beaten Basilashvili in Winston Salem 2018, Halle 2019 and Rome 2021. 

Both players went on serve in the first set. Berrettini saved the only break point in the second game. Basilashvili earned a mini-break to take a 3-1 lead. Berrettini pulled back on serve to draw level to 3-3. Basilashvili earned another mini-break on the 10th point to earn two set points at 6-4 and converted his second chance to win the tie-break 7-5. 

Berrettini saved a break point to hold serve at deuce in the first game of the second set. The Italian player earned a break in the second game to open up a 3-0 lead and held his next service games before closing out the second set with a double break in the ninth game. 

Berrettini went up a 3-0 lead with a break in the second game of the decider. The Queen’s tournament champion faced a break point in the seventh game after a double fault, but he saved it with an ace. He served out the third set 6-3 with his 22nd ace. Berrettini set up a quarter final match against Spanish Next Gen player Carlos Alcaraz, who beat Andy Murray 6-3 6-4.

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Denis Shapovalov Battles Back To Reach The Quarterfinals In St Petersburg

The Canadian got off to a slow start in his first match but was able to recover nicely for a big three-set win.

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Second seed Denis Shapovalov needed to go the distance at the St Petersburg Open to beat his Spanish opponent Pablo Andujar 2-6, 6-3, 6-0 in one hour and 49 minutes.

 

The Toronto native didn’t have the best start to the match but was able to recover and pull off a comeback to take the win. Serving a total of 11 aces to reach the quarterfinals.

” It’s very tough to play Pablo (Andujar) first round of a tournament, he’s a great player and it was a tough start to the match,” said Shapovalov. “I didn’t feel so great but I just told myself to keep going because obviously there is still a lot of tennis to be played and I wanted to turn it around in the second set and I did a really good job.”

It was the Spaniard who got off to a better start, earning a breakpoint in the first game of the match before grabbing the early break and he was able to consolidate it. At 2-0, Andujar had two chances to go up a double break but the Canadian saved both and it stayed on serve until 4-2 when the world number 92 was able to earn another breakpoint. This time converted for the double break lead and served out the first set.

The second set stayed on serve until 2-1 when Shapovalov broke to love and that one break of serve was enough for him to serve it out and send the match into a decider.

The Canadian continued pushing as his level improved. In the first game of the final set, he broke the Spaniard with a perfectly timed cross-court winner to take an early 1-0 lead. After consolidating the break he was hungry for more and broke Andujar’s serve once again to go up a double break. Shapovalov closed the match out with a bagel set.

During his on-court interview, Shapovalov was asked how happy he was back to be in St Peterburg and he mentioned the amazing memories he had playing in the event last year.

” It always feels great to be back and I remember last year playing Andrey (Rublev) in the semifinals. I was one set up and I lost this match but I am happy to be here due to the fact I always get great support from the fans here”. He said.

Shapovalov will face Jan-Lennard Struff in the quarterfinals after the German upset seventh seed Alexander Bublik in straight sets (6-4, 6-3).

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