The 2002 Wimbledon final was one of the most unexpected in history, with base players Lleyton Hewitt and David Nalbandian battling for the title! Organizers said there were no changes to the surface. However, something was definitely wrong, with two players outside of the top 15 reaching the quarterfinals and many favorites losing in the early rounds.
Roger Federer spoke about the upcoming Wimbledon at s-Hertogenbosch, saying that surfaces in general had slowed down and that baselines would have a shot at the All England Club, which turned out to be very accurate. The Swiss spoke of Hewitt and Agassi as the players who could go all the way.
The American lost in the second round, while the Australian defeated Nalbandian in the title match to claim the trophy. Federer also mentioned that it would be nice to see a longer turf tour than the current one, offering players more opportunities to prepare for the biggest event on the calendar.
Federer will return in summer 2022
Craig Boynton recently spoke with Sportskeeda about a variety of topics, including his own journey from player to coach, what makes Hurkacz special, and on-court coaching. “I think a lot of things got a little bit better; it wasn’t like one specific thing.
His first serve percentage got a bit better, the second serve percentage, placement and speed got a little better, the overhead and the transition coming forward got better. But I would I would say that the No. 1 thing was kind of between his ears.
Hubi (Hubert) has a better understanding of who he is and what makes his car go, if you will, and an understanding of what doesn’t make the car go. And so I would say working with a better understanding of clarity would be the biggest improvement that he has had this year.”
How do you see the 2022 season unfolding? Which players do you think are going to be the main contenders for the big titles next year? “I think you can put the players in a couple groups. You have the front-runners who are going to be the favorites to win any kind of big event, such as Novak Djokovic, Daniil Medvedev and a healthy Rafael Nadal.
Roger Federer, I don’t know for sure. We will see when Roger comes back and how much he plays. After that, it’s a very close group of probably about eight guys, including Hubi, that are right there, or just getting there.
I’m not going to be surprised if any of these eight to 12 guys win a Slam or the big tournaments next year. For Hubi, he hasn’t played Nadal. He was two points away from beating Djokovic in Paris; he didn’t but he’s very close.
He hasn’t beaten Alexander Zverev but he’s got a win over just about everybody else there. So he is very dangerous and really tricky to play against.”