Federer, Nadal Fly Past Frenchmen Into Wimbledon 4th RD; Querrey Cruising
by Staff | July 6th, 2019, 4:34 pm

Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal had little trouble today handling their French opposition at Wimbledon.

Nadal was on first and all but destroyed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 6-2, 6-3, 6-2 in well under two hours. Nadal never faced a single break point and lost only five points on his first serve. The two hadn’t met in a Slam in 11 years, and Tsonga probably wished that run would have last longer.

“I know I have been serving well. But for my side it’s not only about the serve,” said Nadal. “At the same time my shots from the baseline, the continuation after the serve, has been very well, playing aggressive, not many mistakes, being very precise.”

Nadal moves on to battle the noisy Joao Sousa who outlasted Dan Evans 4-6, 6-4, 7-6, 4-6, 6-4 in just under 4 hours. Sousa becomes the first Portuguese man to make the fourth round at Wimbledon.

“It’s important that after the tough draw, I was able to find a way to be in the second week. That gives me some positive feelings,” said Nadal. “Tomorrow is one more day off to practice. Not a big physically demanding today, so tomorrow is a day to keep working hard on some specific things.”

Federer was on next on Centre and he had a little tougher day but otherwise was untroubled in a 7-5, 6-2, 7-6(4) win over Australian Open semifinalist Lucas Pouille.

“I’m very happy how it’s going so far. I thought it was a good match with Lucas today,” Federer said. “Of course, I hope it’s going to take a special performance from somebody to stop me.

The Swiss will get his first look at rising Italian Matteo Berrettini on Monday. The 23-year-old Berrettini saved multiple match points to beat Diego Schwartzman 6-7(5), 7-6(2), 4-6, 7-6(5), 6-3 in 4 hours, 18 minutes.

Berrettini just won Stuttgart without dropping a serve.

“I don’t know him very well on top of it. So that makes it a bit more tricky, as well. I saw him play a little bit in Halle. Saw his run, of course, in Stuttgart. Now he’s backing it up here again. That’s not easy to do, especially when you’re sort of newer on the Tour,” Federer said. “I’m expecting a tough one. I hope he has no energy left after today. I’m sure he’ll recover. He’s young. I’m sure we’ll see a tough match on Monday.”

Two Americans will meet in the fourth round as Sam Querrey will meet Tennys Sandgren. After upsetting Dominic Thiem in the first round, Querrey has kept it rolling and today got through John Millman 7-6(3), 7-6(8), 6-3 behind 27 aces.

Sandgren reached his first Wimbledon four round upended Fabio Fognini 6-3, 7-6(12), 6-3. Fognini had multiple chances in the second but couldn’t convert.

Kei Nishikori eased past Steve Johnson 6-4, 6-3, 6-2 to win his 400th career match. His nice draw continues Monday against Mikhail Kukushkin who eliminated No. 33 seed Jan-Lennard Struff 6-3, 7-6(5), 4-6, 7-5.

1. Joao Sousa v Rafael Nadal
2. Johanna Konta v Petra Kvitova
3. Matteo Berrettini v Roger Federer

NO.1 COURT – 1:00PM
1. Serena Williams v Carla Suarez Navarro
2. Simona Halep v Cori Gauff
3. Novak Djokovic v Ugo Humbert

NO.2 COURT – 11:00AM
1. Ashleigh Barty v Alison Riske
2. Karolina Muchova v Karolina Pliskova
3. Kei Nishikori v Mikhail Kukushkin

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31 Comments for Federer, Nadal Fly Past Frenchmen Into Wimbledon 4th RD; Querrey Cruising

RZ Says:

After round 3, AM/Farah is in first place twice in our bracket. Dave and Rajesh are close behind in 3rd and 4th place.

rajesh Says:

Thanks rz for update

Andy Mira Says:

Yeah RZ!…Thank u mucho!

Madmax Says:

Daniel and Jatin,

This is what Fed said a couple of weeks ago –

Roger Federer picks in-form Matteo Berrettini as surprise Wimbledon title contender
ROGER FEDERER believes in-form Matteo Berrettini is a surprise contender for Wimbledon after an impressive start to the grass court season. Berrettini won the Mercedes Cup in Stuttgart last week without dropping serve throughout the tournament. His form has continued in Halle, reaching the last four of the ATP 500 event.

Last year, Berrettini was knocked out of Wimbledon in the second round by Gilles Simon but he has since won three ATP Tour titles and is up to a career-high 22nd in the world.

They haven’t played before, so I am hoping Fed has a more aggressive style for his match on Monday.

What say you?

Dave Says:

An Interesting fact. Nishikori is on a 17 match winning streak against anyone not named Federer, Nadal or Djokovic.

Dave Says:

At GrandSlams. Forgot to add that.

Daniel Says:

40% chance of rain Wednesday and 50% on Friday. High chances centre court and court 1 under roof, at least for patches for QF and Semis.
Djoko will already play 2nd match on Court 1 tomorrow, so one of Federer or Nadal QF will be on Court 1 Wednesday. Fed vs Key have higher seed as Key is the sole other top 10 left. But Nadal x Querrery feels more like a block buster match if it happens. So, whoever is bumped to Court 1 will depend on opponent.

Dave Says:

I think I’m the only one on here that thinks that Nishikori vs Federer match will be really close if they meet. I think people look at Nishikori vs Nadal or Djokovic matches recently and think the Federer match would be the same. But the truth is, Nadal and Djokovic are a match up issue for Nishikori. He has had more success against Federer than Nadal and Djokovic. Nishikori has won 30% of his matches against Federer. Where he has won 15% against Nadal and an even worse 11% against Djokovic. And to make things worse, he was completely worn out by the time he got to Djokovic in Australia and NAdal at the French Open. That won’t be the case here at Wimbledon this time around.

Daniel Says:


Nishikori may win a set. Hisnserve is not a threat and eventually Federer will string some returns and variation.

Also they have never met on grass I think. For Kei to win 3 sets in Wimbledon versus Fed is too much. The guys who beat him in QF in the past all had hige serving days: Berdych 10’; Tsonga 11’, Raonic 16’ and Anderson last year. And 2 of those matches were 5 sets and other 2 close 4 sets.

Kei will have to play better than he did Djoko USO 14’ and Federer decrease his current Wimby level.

j-kath Says:

Dave: One of the problems with Nishikori are injuries. Not injuries that are anywhere near the level of Del Potro, Andy Murray et al – but a number of niggling ones that occur mostly in GS’s…..and even though he ends up winning the particular match – he either withdraws, or is nowhere near his norm, against next opponent. Ah well, we’ll see what happens (or doesn’t happen) this time round.

RZ Says:

Hoping that Querrey wins the match of the Americans.

RZ Says:

Pliskova-Muchova are at 11-11 in the 3rd set. If it goes to 12-12, they will play a tiebreak based on Wimbledon’s new rule. Considering they have been playing over 3 hours, both ladies are playing great (it’s not a serve-bot fest)

RZ Says:

Odd ending to the Pliskova-Muchova match. Muchova had match points on Pliskova’s serve at 11-12 15-40. Pliksova serves and during the point Muchova slips on the grass and doesn’t have a chance to return Pliskova’s shot. Then at 11-12 30-40, Pliskova serves and Muchova’s return hits the netcord and drops over for a winner. After their tremendous play, it’s a shame it had to end with two anticlimactic points.

SG1 Says:

What happened to Barty in the last couple of sets? When I headed off to work this morning she was up a set and looked in control.

RZ Says:

@SG1 – I didn’t see the match, but can add that Alison Riske is an excellent grasscourt player. I didn’t expect her to win this match but I don’t see it as a shock either. It’s more surprising to me that Riske had never been to the second week of Wimbledon before.

jatin Says:

Super fast 1st set. Fed Cruising.

Daniel Says:

Berrettini clearly still nervous. Also low 1st serve percentage.

Fed solid and playing his best match so far this tourney.

Dave Says:

If you thought Tsonga played bad against Nadal, just watch Berrettini. This is horrendous. I understand nerves for a set. But 2 sets and he still hasn’t calmed down at all.

Daniel Says:

Federer with impeccable stats. Berrettine overwhelmed by the occasion, 4 winners on grass for a guy with his serve and height is bizarre.

But even so, Fed is taking all his chances, 4 out of 4 BP,s 71 % 1st serves in, just 4 UE to 14 winners and non e of his games went even to 40-40.

Daniel Says:

Federer lost just 6 points on serve in 9 service games.

Daniel Says:

Jezzz, what the heck he did with that drop volley. down BP

This kind of embarrassing performances makes you play even worse going further. Fed 6-1 or 6-0 this set.

Dave Says:

Tomic was better than this not trying

Daniel Says:

Poor Berrettini, the ball was in the line and he slipped and fall not even hitting the ball.

Nothing works for him today. 3-0 Fed and serve. Awkward mach.

Daniel Says:

Raonic serve for the match, was broken and now about to lose tiebreak to Pella and play a fifth set.

Daniel Says:

Fed into his 55th Slam QF and Djoko into his 45th, both ATP leaders.

j-kath Says:

Congrats. to all the winners today – but for me the most gripping match today was Nishikori vs. Kukusikin – but Nishikori was wilting towards the end and doubt he’ll manage to find the same stamina going forward.

Onwards we go.

Dave Says:

I think Nishikori will be fine. It wasn’t a long match for 4 sets at all.

Madmax Says:

Daniel Says:
Berrettini clearly still nervous. Also low 1st serve percentage.

Fed solid and playing his best match so far this tourney.

July 8th, 2019 at 1:22 pm

Dave, Daniel, Jatin and Skeeze – Daniel – you were right. Federer was saving his energies. Why didn’t I think of this.

To see him play this match today, compared to the match against Pouille, was such as stark contrast – he was almost a different player altogether. Unbelievable today. Fast, sharp and mostly efficient.

Madmax Says:

Daniel Says:
Fed into his 55th Slam QF and Djoko into his 45th, both ATP leaders.

July 8th, 2019 at 2:11 pm


It is indeed another feat for Federer. As you say, his 55th Slam QF – it is quite incredible, over so many years.

Good on you Fed!

chrisford1 Says:

It’s not just Federer. Look at the consistency of Djokovic and Nadal.
Once Nadal breaks a semifinal tie with Jimmy Connors and at 39 QFs moves past Connors 41, the Big 3 will be 1-2-3 in the four 2,000 point events in Titles, Finals, Semis, QFs, and matches won.
All while competing against each other and some fine Andy Murray and Stan Wawrinka efforts.

Madmax Says:

chrisford1, you are correct.

I was responding to Daniel’s post which referred to Fed only, but yes, we are blessed with all three of them just wiping the floor with the younger generation.

I think in all of our excitement, we forget how truly truly special this era of tennis is.

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