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Preview: With SF sidewalks at stake, friendship and hero cult come to a halt at Wimbledon | ATP . round

eight times Wimbledon a hero Roger Federer Achieve a career that defies expectations and overcomes odds. The 39-year-old has proven that he still has what it takes after becoming the oldest Wimbledon He reached the quarter-finals in the Open Era – now, he’ll have to draw on the long experience to continue his career on Wednesday.

Federer pins the bottom half of the lot in SW19, with the seventh seed Matteo Berrettini, seeds 14 Hubert Hurkacz and 16 Felix Auger Eliassim All in uncharted territory as they compete for their first race Wimbledon Semi-final berth.

Sixth-seeded Federer, who is looking forward to his 13th appearance in the last four, will face a player who has been like a child when he meets Hurkac. The 24-year-old Polish player grew up playing gymnastics, basketball and soccer as well as tennis, but settled on tennis after watching the Swiss superstar.

“Roger is clearly a special player. What he has achieved throughout his career is incredible. The way he plays is also special… He has been a huge inspiration to me,” Hurkacz said after losing in the fourth round. Daniel Medvedev. “Being in the quarter-finals against him, it’s really cool. But obviously I’m there to do my best and give myself the best chance to win the match.”

It’s an increasingly familiar situation for the 39-year-old, who has been trying to become the oldest man to reach the semi-finals of a Grand Slam since then. Ken Roswal in 1977 Australian Open, aged 42 years. A few weeks ago in Halle, 20-year-old Auger Eliassim Federer named his “idol” before taking it down for a second round.

The Canadian, who faces seventh-seeded Berrettini, looms large in his side as a potential semi-final opponent. But Federer will not be the same player who struggled to win together in preparation WimbledonHis fifth championship this season as he continues to come back from knee surgery.

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Federer upped his game round by round after avoiding an early test from Adrian MannarinoWho retired in the fourth group in the first round. I’ve raced in the past Richard Gasquet He removed the twenty-ninth seed Cameron Norrie The twenty-third seed Lorenzo Sonego Reaching the quarter-finals for the first time since 2020 Australian Open.

“It’s good to see that the work I’ve done is paying off, and that I’m able to play at this level with my best five sets. Playing five days in a row is different than playing the best five sets every two days,” Federer said.

“All these things, when you’re young, you don’t ask yourself the question. But when it’s me, my year in, all the question marks are all over the place. You have to prove to yourself again that you can do it.”

The winner of Federer and Hurkacz will face a resplendent player in either seventh-seeded Berrettini or 16th-seeded Auger Aliassime, who will have to put their friendship aside to make it to their first match. Wimbledon The semi-finals.

Berrettini and Auger Eliassim, his girlfriends Agila Tomljanovic and Nina who are cousins, are often spotted hanging out together outside the tennis court. They’ve had dinner together and watched the Euros while in the bubble this two weeks, but when they hit the ballpark it’s all going to be work.

“We are able to make a difference between what is happening on and off the field,” said Auger-Aliassime. “Mathew is a good friend, first of all. I can talk to him, have dinner with him. Of course, when match day comes, you focus on what you have to do. You try to play the best tennis game and you win.”

Auger-Aliassime is one of two Canadians to reach the quarter-finals of Wimbledon, and he is trying to become the youngest man to reach the quarter-finals in Wimbledon Since Djokovic (20 years 47 days) in 2007. After navigating through a difficult section that includes Nick Kyrgios (Retired), the 16th seed scored a win over the 4th seed Alexander Zverev in five sets to advance to this stage in a Grand Slam for the first time.

Berrettini will go into the match with a lot of experience, having been in the semi-finals of the US Open In 2019 (from left to Nadal), as well as the lead in ATP Head2Head. The Italian scored a tough win in his only previous meeting in the 2019 Stuttgart final, but he had to play “one of the best matches I’ve played on grass” to make it happen.

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“I feel like I’m definitely playing the best tennis of my career. [In] 2019 I was playing well, but everything was kind of new. I had to fit in a bit,” Berrettini said after his fourth-round win Ilya Ivashka. “Now I have more confidence for sure, more experience too. I know I can do my best like I do a quarter in Paris, and quarters here. Obviously the championship is not over yet. I’m really looking forward to more.”

Since the 2019 meeting, Berrettini and Auger-Aliassime have continued their upward trajectory. The seventh seed came to SW19 after winning titles in Serbia Open Championship and Queen’s Club, his first victory in the ATP 500. Auger-Aliassime returned to this year’s Stuttgart final, the eighth final of his career (0-8).

Ability Wimbledon Headers 2 heads ATP semi-finals (lower half):
Federer trails Auger-Aliassime 0-1
Federer leads Britney 2-0

Hurkacz leads Brittany 1-0
Hurkacz Traces Auger-Aliassime 0-2

Did you know?
Of the eight players who made it to the men’s singles quarter-finals here, six are competing in their first match Wimbledon Quarter-finals – Open Era record-equalling for most first-time men’s singles quarter-finalists in Wimbledon (Also 1991 and 2002).

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