Roger Federer he has met his first basic objective, which was to be in the second week of Wimbledon. He wanted to prove himself as it was only his fifth tournament of the season, the reappearance after the double knee operation, and after not having passed the second match in his test on the grass of the ATP in Halle, beaten by the Canadian Felix Auger-Aliassime.
He has passed the exam, which is not little, once he was down 2 sets to 1 against the French Adrian Mannarino, who ended up retiring in the fourth quarter due to a knee injury resulting from a slip and fall.
Federer, 39 years old and world No. 8, made sure to compete on Monday, in his eighteenth appearance in the round of 16 (69th in Grand Slam), beating one of the tennis players on the rise, the British southpaw. Cameron norrie, 25 years and 34º. In the All England Club headquarters, the eight-time champion beat the local player, nationalized since he saw the light in South Africa 6-4, 6-4, 5-7 and 6-4 in 2h.34 ‘.
The Swiss tied the recent finalist in the Queen’s grass and will see them with the Italian Lorenzo Sonego (26 years old and 27th ATP), who defeated Australian James Duckworth 6-3, 6-4 and 6-4. He can start thinking big at Wimbledon, which he hadn’t been on since he missed two championship points in the 2019 final against Novak Djokovic.
Federer, who was forced into a fourth set unexpectedly, suffering the first ‘break’ at the worst possible moment, added his 1,250 victory in his career, approaching the record of 1,274 of the American Jimmy connors. On grass, 102 wins.
It was a battle, I’m happy with how I played
“It has been tough, a battle, disputed. Norrie deserved to win the third set, he played it better. A high-level match, I’m happy with how I played ”, Federer analyzed.