The eight-time champion Lorenzo Sonego was outclassed by his opponent Roger Federer, who became the oldest man to reach the Wimbledon quarter-finals in the Open Era. He beat Italy’s Sonego and had a 7-5 6-4 6-2 win over the 23rd seed. The sudden downpour was seen at Wimbledon, and the players were sent back to the locker room. The Italian player on his Centre Court debut had a breakpoint at 5-5 in the first set out of the four-round showdown with Federer when the rain began.
The 20-minute stoppage on July 5 due to the heavy rain did no favor for Sonego. Under the floodlights, he immediately produced a double fault to surrender his serve. It was the break Roger Federer needed to show that when it comes to Wimbledon, he can score well even at the age of 39.
Federer, who will turn 40 soon, said after qualifying to the last eight that it was just amazing to see the difference an outdoor and indoor situation can make. He also said that it was a little tricky condition, but after the first set, he felt like he controlled the match better. He added that he could not be more excited to go for the quarters.
Italian Lorenzo Sonego Earned a Standing Ovation
Sonego won his first ATP title in Turkey in 2019 and seemed to relish the challenge as the opponent was very strong in the grasscourt tennis. He earned a standing ovation after conjuring a show-stopping lob that was smashed away by Sonego. Some electrifying rat-a-tat exchanges at the court were seen before rain stopped the players in the stride. After players returned to resume the game, which was already dragged on for 12 minutes, it took only 15 seconds to know whose planning is failing.
The break provided Federer the spark he needed in the rest of the game after converting only two out of the nine breakpoints that he earned during the first set. Federer, who has undergone two knee surgeries, said that he faced a tough time due to the surgery and had questions all over the place. He said that he wanted to prove again that he can actually do it. So, it was important to win in straight sets. The 20-time Grand Slam winner will meet either Poland’s Hubert Hurkacz or Russia’s Daniil Medvedev in the coming match.