Djokovic, on the grass at home

The Wimbledon power station sounds like it hasn’t been in a long time. Exactly, you have to rewind to July 14, two years ago to find a similar frame, with the bleachers of the Center Court overflowing and colorful, one hundred percent. Then, Novak Djokovic gave a coup in Roger Federer’s house, snatching from the Swiss what would have meant his 21st great, and cutting differences in the great historic career; even and everything, it was a 20-16 favorable to Basel. Today, however, the story is quite different. Nole (6-2, 6-4 and 6-2 to Cristian Garín) is just one trophy away from the record shared by Federer and Rafael Nadal, and sharpens his fangs in a setting that he adored as a child and inspired him: he wanted to be Pete Sampras.

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During the summers, the Serbian kept an eye on television to register in his mind each and every one of the movements of the American, one of the icons of the nineties – 14 greats, now 49 years – and consummate specialist on the lawn. Sampras performed in the central London as a fencer with his foil, and closed his career with an overwhelming percentage on the green of the central: 63 wins and only 7 losses; that is, with a 90% success rate. Throughout his career, the American signed extraordinary numbers on grass –83.5% in total, 101-20–, from which Djokovic is not far at all. Seven titles raised his idol in La Catedral, and five leads him, aspiring this week to a sixth.

If it is crowned next Sunday, Nole would link the third in a row. A merit that has only been achieved at Wimbledon by Sampras himself (from 1993 to 1995 and four from 97 to 200), Federer (five from 2003 to 2007) and previously the Swede Björn Borg (from 76 to 80). With all of them the Serbian rubs shoulders, who has nothing to envy the greatest historical dominators of the surface despite being traditionally designated as a hard court tennis player. Without going any further, its average on grass is 84.6% (88.3% in the major English), slightly higher than that displayed on cement (84.4%). And, in the case of beating Marton Fucsovics in the quarterfinals, he would already achieve a centennial victory (99-18).

He is at the height, then, of experts such as John McEnroe (83.5% in the tournament, 85.8% in the global), Federer (88.9% and 87.2%) Borg (88.9% and 83 , 7%), Jimmy Connors (82.3% and 82.8%) or Boris Becker (83.7% and 82.3%), and above other players who have shone on the surface such as Andy Murray (85 , 1% and 83.1%) or Nadal (81.5% and 78%), both two-time champions at the All England Lawn Tennis & Croquet Club.

This edition, the number one of the ATP transits with military step by frame. Heading to the quarterfinals, he has only given up one set and 41 games; In other words, the same concession he made in 2011, when he raised his first glass at La Catedral. He only made a better run until that season in 2018, when he gave up 35 games and also one set. “I think I delivered a stronger performance today than the other day [contra Denis Kudla], from the first point to the last. I am particularly happy. I have managed to serve well, and when the service works for me I gain a lot of confidence. I have used the court well ”, he said satisfied after beating the nervous Garín, before Federer reduced the Italian Lorenzo Sonego in the last turn (7-5, 6-4 and 6-2).

“I understand that most support the underdog, you have to handle it and accept it. The most important thing is to focus. There are sites where they support you more and others where less, it depends on who you play against. But today has been fantastic, they have supported me. I felt an incredible atmosphere, “he said in reference to the packed crowd, given that the organization had given the green light the day before to sell all tickets until the end of the event. “Thank you for reminding me, it is always good to know these types of statistics,” he thanked when they reminded him that he already has more appearances in the quarterfinals of the tournament – in 11 of the last 12 editions – than the German Becker, and that he is the second male player after Federer who reaches this round 50 times in the Grand Slams.

Chameleonic like few others, Nole has the desire to win absolutely everything. He is only three steps away from his 20th big, and thus equals the other two giants, although he tries to abstract himself from the permanent debate about who is the best of all time: “I don’t allow myself to think about it too much. I feel privileged to have reached where I have come in our sport. It is an honor”.


Britain’s Emma Raducanu receive medical attention during the women’s singles fourth round match against Australia’s Ajla Tomljanovic on day seven of the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London, Monday, July 5, 2021. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)Alastair Grant (AP)

The final stretch of the day this Monday was upset due to the rain. In fact, Daniil Medvedev and Hubert Hurkacz could not finish the match they were playing on Track 2 and will continue this Tuesday, at 2.30 pm at the center. Whoever wins will be measured against Federer.

At night, young Emma Raducanu, who at 18 had managed to progress to the eighth after receiving an invitation from the organization, had to withdraw from her duel with Alja Tomljanovic due to respiratory difficulties. At that moment, he had already given up the first set (6-4) and was behind (3-0) in the second.

On the other hand, Ons Jabeur continued to make history and became the first Arab woman to break the barrier into the quarterfinals of a Grand Slam. She did so by beating Polish Iga Swiatek 5-7, 6-1 and 6-1 in the first shift of the day.

Check the Results of the day / Order of play Tuesday.

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