The level of play expressed by Roger Federer at Wimbledon has risen exponentially with the passing of the rounds, after the Swiss champion had risked going out already in the first round against Adrian Mannarino. Thanks to his 105th win on the lawns of Church Road, the former world number 1 reached the quarter-finals at the age of almost 40 (an all-time record). The 20-time Grand Slam champion ruled the Italian Lorenzo Sonego in three sets, struggling to find the rhythm only in the opening fraction. The next obstacle in his path answers to the name of Hubert Hurkacz, executioner against prediction of the number 2 ATP Daniil Medvedev. There is only one precedent between the two players who went on stage in Indian Wells in 2019, with the Swiss coming out victorious in two sets. In a recent interview with the BBC, former British tennis star Tim Henman analyzed the prospects for King Roger in this edition of the Championships. The former world number 4 hit the Wimbledon semi-finals for four, without ever being able to take the next step.
Tim Henman talks about Roger Federer
“Roger Federer has moved in the right direction but I still think there needs to be a lot of improvement in his game if he’s going to progress,” Tim Henman said on BBC. “Against Mannarino and Norrie, they were two lefties and they were awkward. I thought his level of play was pretty average from what we’ve come to expect. But in the context of the last 18 months where he’s played so little tennis and then against Gasquet in the middle, that’s when he looked a lot more comfortable,” Henman added. “But there’s no doubt that he’s got to keep improving his form.” Henman believes Federer will continue backing himself with each win, and admitted that the Swiss’ superlative record at Wimbledon means he can never be counted out. “He’s given himself that chance (with each win),” Henman said. Anything is possible. When you’re talking about Federer on a grass court, he’s still in with a chance.” Hubert Hurkacz finally advanced further to his first Grand Slam quarterfinal at Wimbledon Championships 2021. He got a brilliant five-set victory over World No.2 Daniil Medvedev in a rain-hit match. He now will play one of his toughest matches against Roger Federer at the famous Centre Court. “Roger what he does, the way he plays and the titles he’s won throughout his whole career has inspired so many people.”