Second Service: Federer relieved; McEnroe’s Murray doubts; ‘Sky is the limit’ for Raducanu
On Second Service today, Emma Raducanu’s coach speaks of her potential, John McEnroe doubts Andy Murray’s body will hold up, and Roger Federer is relieved to progress at Wimbledon.
Firstly, the coach of 18-year-old British wildcard Emma Raducanu believes the Wimbledon sensation was “born to play tennis and she likes the stage”.
On her senior Wimbledon debut, world No. 338 Raducanu has reached the fourth round without dropping a set – defeating Sorana Cirstea on Saturday.
Her coach and Andy Murray’s father-in-law Nigel Sears said: “Quite frankly, I think the sky’s the limit. I think Emma compares very favourably in terms of material. I always have felt that, I thought that from day one.”
On the topic of Murray, seven-time Grand Slam singles champion John McEnroe has questioned how much longer the 34-year-old can continue to compete.
Murray was beaten in the third round of Wimbledon 6-4, 6-2, 6-2 by Denis Shapovalov.
“The most important step in tennis is the first one. You need explosion. If you don’t have that, you’re done,” McEnroe told the BBC.
Roger Federer admitted he was “super relieved” to get past Great Britain’s Cameron Norrie 6-4, 6-4, 5-7, 6-4 to reach the Wimbledon fourth round.
“He deserved that third set. I thought he played excellent today and for me I felt I was really able to keep a very high level of play and he got the good break there at the end of the third that cost me the set,” the Swiss said in an on-court interview.
Staying in the men’s singles draw, Daniil Medvedev recovered from 2-0 down in sets for the first time in his career to defeat Marin Cilic in the third round of The Championships.
The No. 2 seed prevailed 6-7 (3-7), 3-6, 6-3, 6-3, 6-2 over 2017 runner-up Cilic to reach the second week of Wimbledon for the first time.
Finally, Nick Kyrgios revealed that he always planned to retire from tennis at the age of 28 – just two years from now.
The Australian – who was forced to withdraw through injury during his third round Wimbledon clash with Felix Auger-Aliassime – said: “I definitely don’t love this sport as those legends do.
“I feel like Federer, Nadal, and Djokovic, wouldn’t be able to live without tennis. I feel like that’s their first love. For me my first love was basketball and I wasn’t able to chase that dream.”
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