Tennis fans from Italy are already looking forward to a thrilling Monday, with three Italian talents opposed to the ‘Big 3’ in the second round of Roland Garros (it had never happened before in a Grand Slam in the Open Era), even if one of the challenges hovers a question mark. Roger Federer may not take the field in fact against Matteo Berrettini. It was the Swiss champion himself, who will celebrate his 40th birthday in August, who questioned his progress in the French Grand Slam at the end of the match won in four sets, after three hours and 35 minutes of play, against the German Dominik Koepfer . “After the second set I didn’t know if I still had enough energy – admitted the Basel champion who returned to competitions in March after two operations on his right knee in 2020 -. Playing 3h35 ‘after the operations I had is not normal. Honestly, not I never expected to win three games in Paris. I am happy to have succeeded even though I was not yet ready for such an effort. Can I retire from Roland Garros? Every game I have to reassess the situation and see the next morning in what state I am in awake and how is my knee. We’ll see what is best for Wimbledon “, concludes Federer referring to his priority seasonal goal (June 28-July 11).
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by Claudio Giua
06 June 2021
Musetti, Sinner and Berrettini against the Big 3
Waiting for the decisions of the Swiss 20 Slam winner, however, an exceptional Monday is expected for Italtennis: Berrettini-Federer, Sinner-Nadal and Musetti-Djokovic, that is the ‘young’ Italy (in three they make 63 years) against the tennis players who have dominated the last four decades of this sport in an absolute sense (which in three years make 108!). The 19-year-old from Carrara (the youngest among the top 100 in the ranking), n.76 Atp, debut in the main draw of a Major, will challenge for the first time in his career the number 1 in the world, at the 17th consecutive presence in this tournament where triumphed in 2016 (but was also a finalist in 2012, 2014, 2015 and 2020). For its part Sinner, n.19 Atp and 18th seeded, finds the king of clay, who stopped him last year in the quarterfinals in Paris, where Nadal triumphed 13 times, and last month in the second round at the Internazionali BNL d’Italia . If Federer takes the field, it will be the third crossing with Matteo Berrettini, number 9 in the world and in seeding, for the first time in the second round in the shadow of the Eiffel Tower: the Swiss champion won at Wimbledon 2019 and at the Masters of the same year.
Tennis, Roland Garros: Berrettini, Musetti and Sinner in the second round. They will face Federer, Djokovic and Nadal
05 June 2021