Wimbledon 2019: Who can stop the tennis trinity?
LONDON: What does it take to beat the tennis trinity? Novak Djokovic , Roger Federer & Rafael Nadal ? There are no answers yet. That is official. But there was a plan for things, at least in Wimbledon.
The top half of the male draw was loaded with big servers, stars of the next generation - Felix Auger-Aliassime, Daniil Medvedev , Stefanos Tsitsipas , Karen Khachanov & Alexander Zverev - all towering pros with attacking groundstrokes. The last three had nailed the world No. 1 in Tour match-ups in 2018 when he won two majors - Wimbledon & US Open. All of them were bounced out In the first week.
It is a 21-year-old Frenchman who has not been announced. Ugo Humbert , in the position number 66, to carry out the plan on Monday when it faces the defending champion.
Great service, explosive, dynamic player, said Djokovic about his opponent with whom he will meet for the first time.
Nadal, who won his 12th title at Roland Garros last month, arrived at Wimbledon with a point to prove. Unhappy with the seeding that downgraded the world No. 2 to three, putting him on the same half as the superstar Swiss Federer. The Spaniard, however, used the emotion positively. He made light of a challenging draw that saw him put out the troublesome Nick Kyrgios & Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga In the first week.
Nadal simply shrugged when asked what it would take to stop the trio, who among them have pocketed the last 10 races.
Probably a good player, he said. What we have achieved in the last 14-15 years is something special.
Federer, 37, looked at the surface - slick, uneven, uncertain – & underlined experience as crucial on grass.
"It's nice to have experience on this surface," he said, pointing out that he lost in the first rounds in 1999, 2000 & 2002.
"The panic can set in quickly on this surface. At the same time, we know how hard it is to beat Novak, Rafa & me."
Federer faces one of his biggest cheerleaders in the Italian of 6'5 ''. Matteo Berrettini , 23 years old, is ranked 20th in the fourth round.
I saw him play a bit in Halle, I saw him run in Stuttgart. Now he's backing it, it's not easy.
That's another thing about the trio, they rarely underestimate opponents.