If we talk about tradition in a tennis tournament, we mean Wimbledon. Years can go by, but there are rules that stay in effect over time. Despite the change of era, the emergence of social networks, streaming platforms and the immediacy with which it is living, the British contest chooses to be conservative and does not negotiate certain codes such as wearing all white or the fact to leave the middle Sunday free (Middle Sunday, which will end next year), which aims to give a break to the grass courts.
In that sense, this Monday we will have a new edition of the well-known Manic Monday, when the 16 duels of the round of 16 (eight men and eight women) will be played. An unmissable day for lovers of this sport since they will be able to see their favorite players for long hours.
Roger Federer seems to have the door open in his first round against Adrian Mannarino. He did not feel comfortable and had a crestfallen expression, which worried all the fans of him. Despite that, he counted on the divinity of fortune (unfortunately the Frenchman was injured that day) and, since then, he has raised his level considerably.
The need for a high percentage of first serves and having lowered the number of unforced errors added to better leg mobility marked the keys to his progress. A priori, he will have a more than interesting rival for a fourth round on grass, although he will not have to take his foot off the gas because the Italian can gain strength from any sector and dare to give the bell.
The Swiss Maestro was particularly effective on serve
Cameron Norrie has backed Roger Federer to make a deep run at Wimbledon this year after losing to the Swiss in the third round on Saturday. Federer beat Norrie 6-4, 6-4, 5-7, 6-4 after playing some spotless tennis for the majority of their two-and-a-half hour contest.
"He is serving very well," Norrie said. "I was especially surprised by how difficult it is to attack his second serve. You can tell that he loves this tournament and knows how to play. I think he has been very intelligent on the court, showing such aggressive and dynamic tennis.
I think that if he maintains this level, he can go very far in the tournament. I have given too much in the first two sets (but) I competed until the end, I fought very hard to come back, but I was quite disappointed not to have been at the expected level," Norrie said.
"I think it was partly because of how fast Roger played. He imposed a very high pace, he took time away from me all the time, but I think I could have done much better today."