Probably still the favourite to advance from the bottom half of the draw, Roger Federer is now just two matches away from yet another Wimbledon final. If he can beat Hubert Hurkacz and one of Matteo Berrettini/Felix Auger-Aliassime, he would be in the final on Sunday afternoon for what he hopes would not be an unlucky thirteenth time.
In what seemed like a controversial decision last night, Hurkacz did not complete the rest of his rain-delayed fourth round match on Centre Court yesterday but began play on Tuesday. He sealed a 2-6 7-6 3-6 6-3 6-3 comeback win against Daniil Medvedev to continue what has been a superb fortnight for the Pole. Helped by some big serving, he has returned to form following a lengthy losing streak.
Federer dealt with an in-form Lorenzo Sonego with the minimum of fuss, needing just over two hours to see off the Italian 7-5 6-4 6-2. Bar a blip serving for first set, Federer was rarely troubled by the 23rd seed both ‘indoors’ and ‘outdoors’. “I felt that after that first set, I was able to control things. It was a great match and I couldn’t be more excited to be in the quarter-finals. It’s a big moment and I’m very, very happy.”
Federer will be pretty content to play another guy with a big serve and should be able to eventually break Hurkacz down as the match goes on, helped further by the lack of a rest day for the Pole. A win over an improving Medvedev shows it hasn’t all just been navigating a weak draw for Hurkacz but it feels like this one may be a step too far for the Miami champion.
Prediction – Roger Federer in straight sets