With an early exit for defending champion Novak Djokovic, remaining contenders Andy Murray and Roger Federer relive their old rivalry as the men’s singles division of the Wimbledon 2016 is still up for grabs.
Djokovic bid his Wimbledon title defense goodbye after losing to American Sam Querrey in the third round of competition, 7−6 (8−6), 6−1, 3−6, 7−6 (7−5). With Djokovic out, the road to the title is open for the taking. Murray breezes through the third round himself with his 6–3, 7–5, 6–2 victory over Australian John Millman before finishing off Nick Kyrgios 7-5, 6-1, 6-4 to barge his way into the quarterfinals for the ninth time in the said tournament.
Murray managed to beat Kyrgios because of his mental lapses. Kyrgios is known to always blow his temper and that always gets the best of him. Murray stated that Kyrgios should have someone to always check on him when it happens, someone who could really stand up with his attitude if he wants to win tournaments.
“It’s about finding the right people to help you with different things,” Murray said. “For some, it may be a coach. For some, it might be a psychologist, or speaking to family. It’s not easy for tennis players because you’re the one that’s funding it. Sometimes some people might be telling you what they think they want you to hear rather than what you really need to hear.”
In Federer’s case, he moves on to the quarterfinals for the 48th time as he seeks another grand slam quest with his 6–2, 6–3, 7–5 victory over American Steve Johnson. Both players will not see other most likely till the semifinals as Murray will next take on Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga while Federer will meet Croatian Marin Čilić in the quarter-finals.
“I needed a lot of concentration even though it was close, the finish line was far. I was very pleased with my performance. I thought I mixed it up well. I would have never thought I would win the first four matches in straight sets, so it’s been great,” Federer said about Johnson.
Seeded number two and three in this year’s Wimbledon, both Murray and Federer are chasing for a place in history as well. Murray is going for his second Wimbledon championship while Federer is gunning for his eighth Wimbledon title. A win for Federer would outmatch that of British William Renshaw, who won the men’s singles titles in 1881, 1882, 1883, 1884, 1885, 1886, and 1889.
It will be a great Wimbledon this year as both Murray and Federer are doing their best not only to give fans an exciting game but also a spot in the history books in the world of tennis.
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