Roger Federer sprinkled his magic all over Centre Court on Friday, beating resurgent German Tommy Haas 7-6, 7-5, 6-3 to reach his seventh men’s singles final at Wimbledon, a feat not achieved since the abolition of the Challenge Round in 1922.
Federer’s virtuoso performance, watched by the lucky 15,000 with Centre Court tickets, was supposed to the curtain-raiser for the thousands massing in front of the huge screen on the grassy expanse known as Henman Hill for the Murray blockbuster later.
With Federer’s game back to its flamboyant best, he would have been supremely confident whoever stood across the net today, but he will sleep well knowing only Roddick, who he has an 18-2 career record against, now stands in the way of a record 15th grand slam title.
Federer unleashed every shot in his armory against a gallant Haas, ending a two-hour exhibition with a slam-dunk smash reminiscent of Pete Sampras in his prime, the American he currently shares the Grand Slam titles record with.
The only time Federer looked remotely flustered was in the fourth game of the third set when, after a ferocious exchange of groundstrokes, Haas landed a backhand on a rough patch of the baseline and it leapt like a kicking horse off Federer’s frame.
If the German could have hit that uneven spot 100 times he may have stood a chance, but that would require a touch of genius and that was all on the other side of the net.
In boy’s doubles on Friday, Taiwan’s last players were knocked out as Hsieh Cheng-peng and Huang Liang-chi lost to German Alexandros-Ferd Georgoudas and Belarusian Andrei Vasilevski 6-3, 7-6 (7-4).
’SO CONSISTENT’: The victory gave the world No. 1 and world No. 2 a 21-1 win-loss record and their fourth title of the season after successes in Brisbane, Dubai and Doha Taiwan’s Hsieh Su-wei and Barbora Strycova of the Czech Republic on Sunday cruised to their fourth women’s doubles title of the season at the Internazionali BNL d’Italia in Rome in their first tournament back since the suspension of the WTA Tour due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The top seeds took just 63 minutes to complete a comprehensive 6-2, 6-2 victory over unseeded German-Romanian duo Anna-Lena Friedsam and Raluca Olaru at the Foro Italico. It was the Taiwanese-Czech pairing’s first outing since they won the Qatar Open in February. “After five months, you don’t know what to expect,” Strycova told the WTA Web site.
‘GREAT EVENING‘: In the women’s singles in Rome, Simona Halep and Karolina Pliskova advanced, while Rafael Nadal swept into the quarters in the men’s singles Taiwan’s Hsieh Su-wei and Barbora Strycova of the Czech Republic on Friday had to dig deep to advance to the semi-finals of the women’s doubles at the Internazionali BNL d’Italia in Rome. The top seeds, who did not drop a game in their opening match on the clay courts at the Foro Italico, battled to a 7-6 (7/5), 6-4 victory over sixth seeds Veronika Kudermetova and Katerina Siniakova in 1 hour, 39 minutes. The reigning Wimbledon champions saved nine of 11 break points and converted three of eight, winning 56 percent of points on their second serve and sending down two aces
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