Saturday was the Big Three day at the Roland Garros 2021: Roger Federer qualifies for the 4th round. The Swiss champion, winner of 20 Grand Slam titles (including 1 here in Paris), beat the German tennis player Dominik Koepfer, an insidious opponent and who led Roger to face a tough battle.
Novak Djokovic, on the Philippe Chatrier, defeated Ricardas Berankis for 6-1 6-4 6-1, thus accessing the 4th round, in the second week, where he will meet the young Italian Lorenzo Musetti. Rafael Nadal's race towards the record Slam, which to date he shares with Roger Federer (20 Majors) continues inexorably.
The Spanish champion achieved victory number 103 in Paris and conquered for the sixteenth time the 4h round of the Parisian Slam. Nadal had won the last nineteen matches played against left-handed players; Cameron Norrie failed to stop the series and he lost with the final score of 6-3 6-3 6-3.
But off the court, it happens that there are rumors, chatter, statements. For example, Federer himself said about his retirement: "The retirement? I don't think it has to be perfect, I don't think I have to win something big.
The important thing is that it will go as I say, I have to like it and that's it. what matters. People don't remember the last races of John McEnroe and Stefan Edberg."
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Serena Williams, on the other hand, talked about the relationship between tennis and betting: "Gambling is not one of my beliefs, I have never bet in my life.
The truth is that it goes against the values I grew up with, but these it's just my beliefs." Alexander Zverev instead gave a warning to the Big Three: "I have no words to describe them, it's great that Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic are still here.
I think everyone appreciates them and is thrilled that they don't stop competing. Masters 1000 we have already seen the victories of Hurkacz, Tsitsipas and me, but in the Grand Slams the situation changes radically. Little by little we youngsters are winning the big tournaments, it is up to us to make a further qualitative leap to conquer the Majors too.
" We would like to close with Richard Gasquet. The Frenchman believes that French men's tennis is at the end of an Era: "It is undoubtedly the end of an era, Monfils and I are 35, Tsonga is 36 and Simon is 37.
This is normal and indeed it is. It is incredible that we are still on the pitch here at Roland Garros, but it is clear that there is a need for tennis players for the future. We have been a great generation and I hope that in the near future this will continue for future generations as well.
Now the situation is difficult but we have to wait and understand what will happen and certainly there will be several interesting players for the future of our nation."