Wimbledon (UK) – Although there was still plenty of waste, Roger Federer was more convincing on Thursday to eliminate Richard Gasquet in the second round than in the first as he benefited from Adrian Mannarino’s early match retirement. Fifth group.
No outside help needed this time, it is clear that the Swiss have made a living and have not handed over a single group to Gasquet at their eleventh meeting in ten years.
“Being at your best in the first and second rounds is not an end in itself: you have to pass,” he said.
“Now I’m in the third round and I’m happy with the way I’m playing,” added the Swiss, who is almost 40 and reached the third round at Wimbledon for the 18th time in his career.
It took him about three-quarters of an hour to find his directions. Time to reach the two men to the tiebreaker for the first set.
But in the decisive match, Federer’s level suddenly rose and did not leave any chance for the French player.
– “very happy” –
In his momentum, he won five games in a row to take the second set win. While he accumulated 13 unintentional fouls in the first set, he made only 6 in the second set. He won the two break points he got in the second set while he was unable to achieve the only point he got in the first set.
The match returned to balance somewhat in the third set, but Federer broke to advance 4-3 and concluded with a second game point.
“I am very happy with my match,” he said, acknowledging that I had undergone “a difficult first set.”
The performances of Daniel Medvedev (second) and Alexander Zverev (sixth) were impressive to reach the third round.
Medvedev signed 6-4, 6-1, 6-2 on the rising star Carlos Alcaraz (75), and qualified for the third round for the third time in a row in four matches.
– ‘Third’ –
“In Russia we say the third brings luck,” said the 25-year-old Russian, who won his first grass tournament in Mallorca last week, his 11th on all surfaces.
Meanwhile, Zverev was very much in control of American Tennys Sandgren (68th), losing 7-5, 6-2, 6-3, and looked relaxed and smiling on the court.
“In the second round, I played tennis well. But I know I will meet opponents who will not let me play either, who will try to break my rhythm and my game. I have to be able to raise my level,” commented the 24-year-old German.
After the first round in five sets spread over three days, Gaël Monfils (13) again played five sets in the second, but this time lost to Spaniard Pedro Martinez (107) 6-3, 6-4, 4-6, 7-6 (7/5).
In the women’s table, world number one Ashleigh Barty was tied by Russian Anna Plinkova (89th) and ended up being split 6-4, 6-3 at 1:30.
“I like to play all year round on the grass!” The abused Australian yelled at her serve, dropping her tackles three times for a total of 8 break points. She herself struggled to please Blinkova’s serve, converting just 6 of her 15 break points.
“We worked a lot to find his way of playing it. But a few points, the result could have been completely different,” said Barty.
On the other hand, Elina Svitolina (who qualified for the fifth and semi-finals in 2019) and Maria Sakkari, who finished in the eighteenth and semi-finals at the last Roland Garros tournament, are out.