Novak Djokovic, 34 years old and world number one, and Roger Federer, 39 and No. 8, add 39 Grand Slam titles, 12 at Wimbledon. The other six players who will play the quarterfinal round on Wednesday have a single Grand Slam semi-final, no final. In fact, they are debutants in the fifth round on the London grass.
Djokovic, five-time champion, including the dominance of the two previous editions (2018 and 2019), was already expected at this point from the beginning. The best of the Australian Open and Roland Garros, he seeks to complete a gold Grand Slam including in the same season this Wimbledon, the Tokyo Olympic Games and the US Open. A feat he believes in.
Among those who want to break that dream is the Swiss Roger Federer, who no longer wants to share his record of 19 Grand Slam titles that he has already equaled Rafael Nadal and that he aspires to balance ‘Nole’ this week. The Swiss has the endorsement of his eight crowns in the All England ClubBut even the 2019 final, in which he had two serve match points against Djokovic, came before his double knee operation, which kept him out of February 2020 to March 2021.
Reaching the quarterfinals for the eighteenth time he has achieved four victories in a row, something that has not happened since Australia 2020. The grass helps his genius, he loves that everything goes very fast. Although he has also shown signs of anxiety, distrust, in specific moments, as a result of the lack of filming, which is eliminating each overcome encounter.
The option of a Djokovic-Federer final is taking shape, although with more qualms about Roger telling that he is playing his fifth tournament of the competition. In quarters he has the champion this season from Miami, the Polish Hubert hu
rkacz, 24 years and 18º ATP. In the quarterfinals of Indian Wells 2019, the Swiss defeated 6-4 and 6-4. Experience must be an unbalancing trick against this player of 1.96 meters tall, dangerous in a hitting streak as he demonstrated by knocking down the Russian Daniil Medvedev.
If he overcomes this hurdle, Federer could face one of those who can already be considered aspiring to established power. The Italian Matteo berrettini, a semifinalist of the US Open 2019, goes to more with his enormous serve, as taught by dominating the ATP on Queen’s grass. At 25 years old, he is the third top-10 in the running, occupying the ninth place.
In quarters he faces the Canadian Felix Auger-Aliassime, 20 years old and 19 th ATP, who has among his coaches Toni Nadal, although in the French capital is his most common French companion Frederic Fontang.
There has never been a double presence of Canadians in the quarterfinals in Grand Slam. The left handed Denis Shapovalov, 22 years old and 12th ATP, is at the top of the table, taking on Russian Karen Khachanov. The best would meet in the semifinals on Friday with Novak Djokovic, very favorite against the Hungarian Marton fucsovics, the one with the lowest rank (48º).
Djokovic and Fucsovics will open the center at 2.30 pm. Two favorable antecedents for the Serbian: Doha 2019 (4-6, 6-4 and 6-1) and US Open 2018 (6-3, 3-6, 6-4, 6-0.