The last round of 16 to be played in this 2021 edition of the Wimbledon tournament ended today, at the same time as the women’s quarter-finals, having been delayed by the rain last night. This match opposes two young players, one having confirmed for 2 years his place among the greats, and the other seeking to reach his potential.
Daniil Medvedev’s disillusion
The Russian, who was looking during this tournament to go as far as possible, to eventually overtake Novak Djokovic in the ATP ranking and become the first world No. 1 outside the Big4 since Andy Roddick in February 2004, was faced with an affordable challenge for him today. Conversely, Hubert Hurkacz, recent winner of his first Master 1000 in Miami, had a great challenge facing him today. Indeed, Medvedev was looking for a 3rd Grand Slam quarter-final in a row, after this same stage reached at Roland Garros 2 weeks ago, and his final at the Australian Open at the start of the year. The Pole, who had managed to snatch the second set despite the loss of the first, returned today to the center court with a deficit of one set, led 2/6 7/6 (2) 3/6. As we know, interruptions can totally change the pace of a match, or even throw it off balance, and that’s what happened: Hurkacz came back very fresh and very confident with his main weapon, his serve, while Medvedev seemed to have lost the very correct level he had the day before, making a lot of mistakes. The Russian is broken from the start and allows his opponent to fully return to the match, confirming the break and equalizing 2 sets everywhere. Then Medvedev continues to make many mistakes, especially in the shots following his serve, he who is usually very precise in this exercise, and his opponent returns his commitments particularly well, making his task very complicated. He was then completely broken in the 3rd game of the last set, and was then unable to worry the Pole about his commitments, while he struggled to win his. At 5/3 in his favor, Hurkacz is in full confidence and even manages to take the service of the Russian one last time to conclude this match, managing his 3rd victory against a top10 this season, 2/6 7/6 (2) 3 / 6 6/3 6/3. He will face Roger Federer in the quarter-finals tomorrow.
Hubert Hurkacz is having a very good 2021 season, despite poor performances linked to the fact that he fell ill during the season on clay, and for the first time succeeded in achieving a great performance in the Grand Slam. Can he hope to drop his 4th top 10 of the season, against the man holding the record for Wimbledon titles, Roger Federer? We will find out tomorrow.
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