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Federer teaches Willis a class and Djokovic achieves his 30th Grand Slam win

Federer teaches Willis a class and Djokovic achieves his 30th Grand Slam win

The third day of Wimbledon ended with the end of the adventure of the British Marcus Willis against the Swiss Roger Federer, who is just one victory away from 150 on grass, and the mark of 30 matches won in a row by the Serbian Novak Djokovic in the Grand Slam, after beating Frenchman Adrian Mannarino, a record since the Open Era began.
Federer had no compassion for Willis, or if he did, it was when the match was in his hands. The man who has filled the covers this week for his classification and for reaching the second round of Wimbledon, being 772 in the world, yielded to Basel 6-0, 6-3 and 6-4, in one hour and 25 minutes.
But the British did not care for his defeat, and happy in the locker room, the first thing he did was share a beer with his coach, Matt Smith.
The excitement aroused by this left-handed tennis teacher at the Warwick Boat Club, where he charges £ 30 per hour of class, filled the center court with fans. The fans did not want to miss the presence, in front of Federer, of a Briton of such low classification, picturesque, lanky, who had been overweight and lost 25 kilos, and had recognized that he could have been something else in his career if he had not liked them. both parties.
Number seven was present at the duel. Seven are Federer’s Wimbledon titles, and seven are the matches that Willis has won until reaching the second round of this Grand Slam, after those of the pre-qualifying and qualifying round, and the one that won over Lithuanian Richard Berankis, former number one of the junior world, in the first round on Monday.
Federer, who has never lost a game against a player with such a low ranking – he has only yielded one against someone in the top 250, the Spanish Sergio Bruguera in Barcelona in 2000 – took the game with calm and smiles, and accepted with good grace. degree the chants that British followers dedicated to Willis.
They adapted the song “Freed from Desire”, by the Italian singer Gala, which became very popular during the European Championship thanks to Northern Irish striker Will Grigg.
From the now famous “Will Grigg’s on fire, your defense is terrified” to Willis – he’s plugged in, Federer is terrified ‘), which made the Basel man smile
Willis conceded seven games in a row until almost 30 minutes later he raised his arms as if he had won the game, taking his serve for the first time. Then after 2-1 he had to receive a massage on his left shoulder.
His girlfriend, dentist Jennifer Bate, slim and blonde, left her hands clapping for him. Willis didn’t stop smiling, enjoying the game, and raising his fist every time he made a point.
He knew that even if he lost he had already entered history, by becoming the lowest ranked Briton who has won a singles match at Wimbledon, and also has taken a check for 50,000 pounds, about 60,000 euros for his extraordinary adventure.
Before that, Novak Djokovic added his 30th consecutive victory in a Grand Slam, by beating the French Adrian Mannarino, 6-4, 6-3 and 7-6 (5) and approaching the consecutive streaks of the Australian Rod Laver and the American Donald Budge.
Budge and Laver, the only two players who managed to win the big four in the same season (Laver did it twice, 1962 and 1969, and Budge in 1938), added in their careers 37 consecutive victories the first, and 31 the second. . By winning the next match, ‘Nole’ would already hunt down Laver. However, the Serbian today broke his own record since the Open Era began (1968).
The rain did not allow much game this Wednesday at the All England Club, and almost everything will be played on the center court, the only one that has a retractable roof in the enclosure.
After the victory of the Polish Agnieszka Radwanska, third favorite, and finalist in 2012, against the Ukrainian Kateryna Kozlova by 6-2 and 6-1 in 63 minutes, Djokovic and Mannarino jumped to the center, on a special day for the French that he was turning 28 years old.
Soizy’s man played a beautiful first set, holding his serve until the tenth game and using his drop in a virtuous way, to maintain the tension until the end of that set. Later, Djokovic dived and had no rival, until almost the end, when the French managed to break his serve and force the tiebreaker.
In this short game, Djokovic sentenced the second chance to end the match in two hours and five minutes. And he already has two victories in a row (first against Britain’s James Ward), without giving up a set this week.
He will face the winner of the match between Brazilian Thomaz Bellucci and American Sam Querrey in the third round.
Taking advantage of a clearing on the outer courts, the German Andrea Petkovic, seeded 32, beat the Japanese Nao Hibino, 3-6, 7-5 and 6-2, and the Russian Evgeniya Rodina, guest of the organization, defeated the Ukrainian Lsia Tsurenko, 6-3, 7-4.
The Czech Tomas Berdych, finalist in 2010, also managed to finish their suspended match on Tuesday, by beating Croatian Ivan Dodig, 7-6 (5), 7-5, 1-6 and 7-6 (2), in three hours and 24 minutes.
Austrian Dominic Thiem, eighth seed, defeated German Florian Mayer, 7-5, 6-4, 6-4, in one hour and 25 minutes, in a winners’ duel of two of the last grass tournaments prior to Wimbledon . The Austrian had raised the crown in Stuttgart, and Mayer in Halle.
The Czech Petra Kvitova, double winner of Wimbledon (2011 and 2014), booked her ticket to the second round of the British tournament on Wednesday after defeating the Romanian Sorana Cirstea, 6-0 and 6-4, in just 52 minutes. EFE.

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