Published: Mon, July 09, 2018
Sport | By Wendy Sparks

Federer brings back the SABR at Wimbledon

Federer brings back the SABR at Wimbledon

The top seeds in the men's draw may have fared better than the women in the first week of Wimbledon. The Czech faces Dutch 20th seed Kiki Bertens, who stunned five-time Wimbledon victor Venus in the third round.

But is the Serb's recovering game sound enough yet, or his elbow sufficiently strong to keep rattling down those aces, to intimidate a player made in Edmund's power-play mode, Karen Khachanov, in the third match on No 1 Court on Monday? "If I am in the final, I prefer to face an easier opponent".

"It's an fantastic feeling, and I feel very proud I represent Greece and that all of my hard work has paid off, " Tsitsipas said.

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The 11-time French Open champion, who has enjoyed himself in the middle, basking in the sunshine, paced himself superbly in the first week. That's on the sunnier side of affairs as Nadal is in the more-loaded bottom half - he has the big-serving Argentine Del Potro in his quarter.

On the fifth anniversary of Andy Murray's breakthrough win on Centre Court, the player he outlasted in three sets of nearly unbearable tension that sunny Sunday, Novak Djokovic, beat the Scot's stand-in as standard bearer for the hosts, Kyle Edmund, in four rather more ragged sets on Saturday.

The Russian qualifier and Williams are the last of six mothers who began this tournament, and she told the WTA website: "I know how tough it is to come back to tennis after having your first child". He battled his opponent nearly as much as the crowd, showing flickers of an old fire to come out on top.

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Brazil lead the list with seven wins in 2002 (and six in 1970), while Argentina won five consecutive games in both 1986 and 2014. Brazil coach Tite dismissed talk that his team is the favourite to win the match against Belgium, let alone the World Cup .


The mercurial Frenchman beat last year's semi-finalist 5-7 6-4 6-4 6-2 on Centre Court. Gone are two of the touted glamour prodigies, Denis Shapovalov and Alexander Zverev, along with the fallen enigma Nick Kyrgios, leaving the stage to faces as familiar as your grandfather's to fight for the prize. "Roger and Rafa are the favourites". "We also thought that Cilic could be a risky guy for them, but he lost". It is timed for release as the anticipation crests with Roger as returning champion, 10 years after their famed 2008 Wimbledon championship - an epic match so close and so reflective of their competitive balance that, in the end, the true victor was the sport itself. Roger was particularly impressive against Lukas Lacko in the second round, losing just nine points in his games (40 from 43 after landing the first serve in) and repeating what Nicolas Mahut had achieved at Wimbledon in 2010 in that insane match against John Isner. Williams meets the victor of Camila Giorgi and the perennial giant-killer Ekaterina Makarova, who put out the second seed Caroline Wozniacki in the second round. "So it will be great to play against her".

"Just ran out of time in the end, " Venus said. "Players are adapting to what the tournament directors choose, what surface speed is being used", he said.

"I think it's always helpful. Over time, it's going to get stronger and stronger again".

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Darkness descended at just the right time as the German came back to win 6-4 5-7 6-7 (0/7) 6-1 6-2, justifying his eventual decision to not withdraw.

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