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Mac reckons Felix isn’t quite ready to beat Berrettini, and notes that the latter is under pressure because he’s expected to win and there aren’t many Italians who’ve made the semis. He also notes that Federer’s best chance of adding another major is here, and a potential semi with yerman is a pretty decent state of affairs in the circumstances.
“I bet Federer and Djokovic aren’t subjected to the brutal draconian conditions and playing times and they are handled with far more care than Emma Raducanu,” tweets Brian Pert.
Yeah, it’s a tricky one – they could have scheduled her earlier. I don’t think it’s about handling the old lads with care though, but about attracting as many eyeballs as possible. Which is understandable and important, but shouldn’t come at the expense of sporting fairness.
First saw Felix Auger-Aliassime about 4 years ago and was blown away. The best 16 year old I’ve ever seen and already the best athlete I’d ever seen play tennis. I’m not sure he’s any better now, 4 years on, than he was then. Don’t know one thing he does better. It’s a concern.
I say that, but seriously, Berrettini v Auger-Aliassime? Oooh yeah! We can probably say for certain that the former will turn up – and one of the many great thing about him is that thanks to his serve and athleticism, even on a bad day he’s a problem. Auger-Aliassime, though, has better hands, moves better and is even more athletic. If he isn’t let down by his second serve, Berrettini – and everyone else – should watch out.
Of all the things about which I’m intrigued, how Hurkacz and Federer do it probably top of the list. There was a serenity about the manner in which the former dismissed Medvedev yesterday, as though he felt like he’d finally arrived, and he can find the same combination of aggression and relaxation today, Federer might have a problem. I say might, because we don’t really know what we’re going to get from him – he’s improved through the rounds, but he’s not been properly extended since Mannarino retired so hasn’t explored the outer limits of his current game.
Centre Court (from 1.30pm)
Novak Djokovic  v Márton Fucsovics
Who predicted these then? Well done you! Except “you” don’t exist, because there is not the remotest chance that anyone looked at the draw and deduced that this term’s quarter-finals would comprise the eight men preparing to suffer for our afternoon’s gratification.
For that reason, it feels slightly silly to wonder who might win and who might lose, even if, on the face of things, there’s a clear favourite for each match. Novak Djokovic is close to unbeatable, but Márton Fucsovics – the first Hungarian to reach this stage since Jozsef Asboth in 1948 – is a physical beast and in the form of his life; Denis Shapovalov is a future Grand Slam champion with several arsenals of weapons … but Karen Khachanov has the power and serve to tax him; Mario Berrettini has taken to grass like a duck to hoi sin … but for childhood phenom Felix Auger-Aliassime, the adult cent might just’ve dropped; and Roger Federer is Roger Federer … but Hubert Hurkacz might finally be Hubert Hurkacz.