Federer has a date with destiny at Wimbledon

Posted July 05, 2017

Rafael Nadal fresh from conquering Roland Garros for the tenth time would dearly love to add a third Wimbledon crown and a sixteenth Grand Slam title.

Third-seeded Roger Federer too reached the second round easily his opponent quit midway due to injury.

Of course, double Olympic champion Andy Murray has been at the vanguard of the golden era with his two singles titles in 2013 and a year ago.

Fresh from a tenth title in Halle, and a rest over the clay court season, Federer goes in as favourite for an eighth Wimbledon title which, at 35, would provide the ideal excuse to hang up his racquet on a high.

However, he will not write off his three major rivals with whom he has shared all the Wimbledon titles since his maiden triumph in 2003. "To me, it would be, certainly at this stage of her career, a good opportunity to make a deeper run".

It was a short and sweet introduction to this year's Wimbledon for Novak Djokovic who breezed into the second round when opponent Martin Klizan retired injured after the first set of their match on Tuesday. Proper tennis. At least they see the two of us, who gave it all they had. "Everybody has their own little story right now". Dologopolov would have been just outside the top 10 and could have seen Federer perhaps in the fourth round or quarter-final.

That took him to 15 Grand Slam titles, one ahead of Sampras and just three behind Federer.

Milos Raonic's grass-court season took a turn for the better at Wimbledon.

At Wimbledon on Monday, Rafa Nadal, who had not played a competitive match on grass for two years, destroyed Australia's John Millman in straight sets by standing on the baseline and blasting out topspin ground strokes, just as he did to win the French Open a month ago.

"It's a different approach, but I'm still here and I'm still motivated".

"It was definitely a mental issue out there", said Tomic, who reached the quarter-finals at Wimbledon in 2011 and the last 16 in 2016. But it should be a match of rich quality full of terrific rallies, and plenty of play in the forecourt, which are always the most memorable on grass courts.

"Unlike before Paris, he is hitting the ball really well. Sometimes the things that he says are like references he goes to, it's like, "Dude, that's a dorky reference".

Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic believe early withdrawals due to injury should prompt action from grand slam organisers after the superstars were left joking about the need to practice together at Wimbledon.

However, a third round loss to Sam Querrey set him on a slide which has been more or less constant ever since. For Kokkinakis - one of the talented emerging stars - his swift rise to the top was curbed by a frustrating period of eighteen months where he had to undergo a shoulder surgery and fall victim to an abdominal injury. "You have to learn the movements on this surface", said 29th seed Del Potro, who needed seven match points to seal his win.

Klizan received a medical timeout at the end of the first set, but after being broken by Djokovic at the start of the second set, he chose to retire.