With 32, 33 and 37 years, respectively, the great dominators of the circuit reach the quarterfinals with conclusive victories
First was Nadal, then Djokovic and then Federer. We write about a chronological order, because the hierarchical, altered or not by the idiosyncrasy of the tournament, would be another. One, two and three, put them on the list as they please. They are in the Wimbledon quarterfinals and keep the padlock on the border that gives access to the big rewards. "It's a fantastic story, really, to have these three men dominate almost everything in the same era. We would say that it could not happen in sport, and it is happening in our time. The battles between them are formidable, "he said. Serena Williams after getting rid of the bravas of Carla Suárez and also enter quarters.
Testimony of a heptacampeona of the tournament that seeks to be on the verge of Margaret Court conquering his twenty-fourth Grand Slam title, a woman who is approaching 38 years and can ponder from its close relationship with success the conquests of the three greatest players in tennis are, have been and will be.
«What we have done in the last 15 years will be difficult to repeat», admits Nadal after leaving behind Joao Sousa for a triple 6-2, in one hour and 45 minutes. They are in a hurry. It is not advisable to leave an aggregate trail of sweat on the road, as curves will soon appear and all three belong to the dominant generation, that of the 30-year-olds, who won nine of the 16 seats in the already-dead 16th finals. If the 12-time Roland Garros champion took an hour and 45 minutes to finish with the Portuguese player, 69th, three minutes less he invested the seven-time Australian Open winner in appeasing the impulses of Ugo Humbert, 66º, a newcomer still with severe signs of acne: 6-3, 6-2 and 6-3.
Federer: 6h. 47min. on track; 1 set and 38 games transferred
He does not want to be less Roger Federer, who takes 20 minutes to put in his place Mateo Berrettini, 23, 20, recent champion in Stuttgart and, like the French, debutant in this instance of a Grand Slam tournament. The dizzying first set is a sign. The eight-time champion of the tournament and holder of 20 Grand Slam titles runs more than anyone in the closing day at Central. One hour and 13 minutes are enough to dwarf the giant of Rome: 6-1, 6-2 and 6-2. He has recognized the deep blow of falling last year in the quarterfinals against Kevin Anderson after dominating by two sets to zero and count on match ball. He does not want frights before being measured with Kei Nishikori, obstacle prior to a semifinal with Nadal.
"I just feel that now I have to warm up more than when I was 19 or 20 years old and spend more time on certain routines," the Swiss said about how he metabolizes the passage of time. "It will be important to enter the quarter with a lot of energy. All the little things add up. We are experienced players, who more or less know how to interpret the game better. Both Sousa, Humbert and Berrettini were for the first time in the round of 16 of this tournament. "
Nadal: 8h. 38min. on track; 1 set and 41 games transferred
Nadal also impresses. This was perceived in the morning, also in Central, surprised when he committed a double fault or Sousa ventured with a winner. Because Nadal is going for more, even if he expresses himself self-criticism and laments 57% of success with the first service compared to 70% exhibited before Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the third round. "The other day, every time I put the ball in play, I saw myself with a huge margin of success. Today (yesterday) I had less precision ». Pecata minuta. The champion of 2008 and 2010 is very well and he knows it. A hundredweight has been removed from it since it got rid of Nick Kyrgios in the second round.
It will come on Wednesday Sam Querrey, tanned Californian of 31 years, who spent 1.98 and presented with the Eastbourne final as recent baggage. On Monday he gave up the first set of the tournament against his compatriot Tennys Sandgren. He is 4-1 down in the face to face with Nadal, but he won in 2017 the Acapulco final, in fast surface. He was a semifinalist at Wimbledon in 2017, after finishing with Djokovic in the third round. Spanish appeals to the patience before this type of players that can prevent him from entering the game in enough points. Querrey credited 25 aces.
Djokovic: 8h. 18min. on track; 1 set and 43 games transferred
Four times champion, the title defender also applies. He is third in the race for the highest number of Grand Slams, five for Federer and three for Nadal, and is the most sincere when it comes to recognizing that he is doing a lot in the matter. With 15 greats, Djokovic saw his excellent run of winning three straight after falling to Dominic Thiem in the semifinals of Roland Garros. He ended up fighting with the wind and with the elements, in the old way, but he has not been slow to put the batteries in Wimbledon. Humbert dropped the track on top, the number 1, which is where he played the leader of the world ranking. The French soon gave his serve in the first two sets and did not resist much more in the third.
"We are working as hard as anyone to be there. I think that experience helps confidence, everything we have achieved in our careers we take to the track and many players feel that pressure. For us it is one more match in the center of the stage ", commented Djokovic about the perennial weight of the three biggest.
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