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Wimbledon, Flink: “Djokovic Will Beat Zverev in the Final”

A preview of the Championships with the Hall-of-Famer tennis writer. How fit will Federer be? Is this the last chance for Serena Williams?

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The 2021 edition of Wimbledon will start tomorrow, and as usual Ubitennis CEO Ubaldo Scanagatta called his peer Steve Flink to discuss the draw and predict what will happen throughout the London fortnight. They touched upon many themes, including the most interesting matches of the first round and the chances of Medvedev, Tsitsipas and Berrettini. Here’s their chat:

 

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01:00 – The men’s draw – is this Djokovic’s tournament to lose? “I think he will face Tsitsipas again, this time in the semifinals.”

07:10 – The most interesting match-ups of the opening round.

10:20 – Ugo Humbert was outstanding in Halle, where he beat Zverev. Now the two might meet again in the fourth round – can the Frenchman pull off another upset?

10:50 – Matteo Berrettini had a great run at the Queen’s Club as well – can he be a dark horse?

12:20 – “Berrettini could end up in a couple of serve shootouts against Isner in the third round and against Zverev in the quarter finals. He wins most of his points on the first serve, but against the German his backhand could be outmatched.”

19:55 – Roger Federer could square off against Medvedev in the quarter finals: does the Swiss have another deep run in him? “It all depends on him, he had quite a good draw.”

23:55 – “I think that the real issue with Federer is how his body will hold up when going the distance…”

29:05 – What type of player could be a greater threat to Federer?

36:10 – Which is the likeliest men’s final?

42:10 – Will Djokovic be tested along the way? “I feel like he could reach the final with a lot of gas still in the tank, whereas I’m not so sure that his opponents will be able to do the same.”

47.45 – The women’s draw. Is this Serena Williams’ last shot at a record-tying 24th Major?

51.20 – “The women’s draw is always harder to predict. Barty is very talented but she’s struggling mightily with injuries…”

55.25 – “I think that at least 8-10 players can clinch the title.” Which half of the draw is more likely to produce the eventual winner?

Transcript by Giuseppe Di Paola; translated and edited by Tommaso Villa

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Alex Corretja: “I’ll tell you who can win the gold medal if Djokovic doesn’t go to the Olympics”

The two-time French Open finalist, now working for Eurosport, makes his predictions for the 2020 Olympics

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Former world N.2 Alex Corretja, the winner of the 1998 ATP Finals (then known as the ATP Tour World Championships) now works with Eurosport, and, while he won’t be in Tokyo, he will still cover the Olympic Games and provide match commentary in Spanish.

 

During a brief rendez-vous with Ubitennis CEO Ubaldo Scanagatta, Corretja made a prediction for the men’s singles event at the upcoming Olympic event, which at the moment is slated to feature billboard names such as Novak Djokovic, Daniil Medvedev, Stefanos Tsitsipas and Matteo Berrettini. Here’s their chat:

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Flink: “Djokovic Was Lucky at the Beginning of the Final Because Berrettini Was Even More Nervous than Him”

A Wimbledon recap. Zverev struggled once more with nerves, while Barty cemented her status. How many losses like the one to Hurkacz will Federer be able to cope with?

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Ubitennis CEO Ubaldo Scanagatta and Hall-of-Famer tennis writer Steve Flink met virtually to discuss the events that transpired at the 2021 Championships, which were won by world number ones Novak Djokovic and Ashleigh Barty. Here’s their chat:

 

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00:00 – The rise of Berrettini: “He was a little lucky to avoid both Federer and Zverev, but his level was outstanding.”

01:45 – How well did the Italian fare against Djokovic in the final?

06:35 – Zverev has never beaten a Top 10 opponent at a Major – a sign of frailty?

08:25 – Sebastian Korda was one of the most pleasant surprises of the tournament – will he become the American number one?

10:45 – The Canadians are on the rise. Who will have a better career between Shapovalov and Auger-Aliassime?

15:15 – Hurkacz beat Federer but then couldn’t reach the same level against Berrettini – what went wrong for him?

16:50 – Is Berrettini a better player than he was in 2019 when he reached the US Open final?

27:05 – Will Djokovic go to the Olympics?

35:35 – Federer lost very badly to Hurkacz – was he lucky to reach the quarter finals?

41:40 – Should people in Federer’s camp start to talk to him about retirement?

45:30 – The women’s tournament: “Pliskova’s terrible start to the final was actually a good thing because it got the crowd on her side…”

52:30 – Coco Gauff lost against Kerber – will she learn from this defeat?

Transcript a cura di Giuseppe Di Paola

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“In 2018 Hurkacz met Berrettini in the Australian Open qualies – now it will be in a Wimbledon semifinal!”

A preview of the first men’s semifinal with Polish journalist Tomasz Tomaszewski. Could either player threaten Djokovic in the final?

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Ubitennis CEO Ubaldo Scanagatta talked to long-time Polish tennis commentator Tomasz Tomaszewski ahead of the Berrettini-Hurkacz Wimbledon semifinal. Here’s their chat:

 

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00:00 – The keys to the match: “The two players know each other very well, three years and a half they played each other in the Australian Open qualies, and now they will meet again, but in a Wimbledon semifinal!”

02:36 – Berrettini’s strengths and weaknesses

05:02 – On Sunday, Italy will be playing the final of Euro 2020 at Wembley. However, is the press paying attention to Berrettini’s run as well?

09:14 – Will the winner of this match stand a chance against Djokovic on Sunday, provided that the world number one defeats Shapovalov tomorrow?

Transcript by Tommaso Villa

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