WILL EVANS’ daily preview serves up Wimbledon tips for the legendary Roger Federer’s second-round clash with fellow stalwart Richard Gasquet.
01:00 (AEST), Fri 2nd Jul @ All England Club, Wimbledon
History: Played 1: Federer 1 V Sonego 0
Last meeting: French Open, 2019 (R128): Federer d Sonego 6-2 6-4 6-4
Final Thoughts: Roger Federer continues his quest for a ninth Wimbledon title in the Round of 16 against 23rd seed Lorenzo Sonego.
Sixth seed Federer appears in good shape after a difficult start at the All England Club. In the first round he advanced past Adrian Mannarino, who was forced to retire at the end of the fourth set after slipping and suffering an injury. Federer found himself two sets to one down after winning the first.
But the 39-year-old looked much better in a 7-6 6-1 6-4 victory over fellow veteran Richard Gasquet in the second round, before outlasting in-form 29th seed Cameron Norrie 6-4 6-4 5-7 6-4. Norrie broke Federer just twice, while the Swiss maestro’s relentless forehand consistently kept his opponent on the back foot.
Sonego arrives in the fourth round in strong form. He has defeated Pedro Sousa (6-2 7-5 6-0), Daniel Elahi Galan (4-6 6-3 7-6 6-1) and Aussie wildcard James Duckworth (6-3 6-4 6-4) so far.
The 26-year-old Italian also reached the Eastbourne International final in late-June, going down to Alex de Minaur in straight sets.
Federer aims to keep impressive record intact as Sonego hunts career first
The pair’s only previous meeting was at the 2019 French Open, with Federer claiming a comfortable straight-sets victory in the first round.
Federer has only been eliminated prior to the quarter-finals once in the past 17 Wimbledons. Sonego is seeking his maiden Grand Slam quarter-final berth, having been beyond the second round at a major just once – a Round of 16 appearance at the 2020 French Open.
Sonego has picked up some big scalps in the past couple of seasons, beating Novak Djokovic at the 2020 Vienna Open and rolling Dominic Thiem and Andrey Rublev at the recent Rome Masters. But Federer at Wimbledon is different proposition altogether.
Sonego has an impressive offensive arsenal to throw at Federer but his defensive game is not particularly strong. Federer’s serve – very good across the first week of the tournament – will prove the most telling difference.
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