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No chance for young hunters

Roger Federer is a manifestation of friendship. When the most popular tennis player in the world asks a colleague or event, he will always list positive aspects that negatively negate or only notice in one footnote. "Tennis is in good hands without us," said 37-year-old Swiss recently in Halle / Westphalia, when asked about the younger generation, who would need to replace him, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic as the lighthouses of their Sport. "They do well," said Switzerland about Alexander Zverevo, Stefanos Tsitsipas, Dominic Thiem, Karen Katschanov, and all the other young tennis professionals who have become serious old-fashioned defenders.

Peter Hess

But in order to respect the truth, the last ten Grand Slam titles shared the old rivals of Federer (3), Nadal (4) and Djokovic among themselves. And for a tournament in Wimbledon, which begins this Monday (all the information at Liveticker F.A.Z.), the big three are high favorites. The other great-grandparents of her generation, who won the Grand Slam tournament, Andy Murray, Marin Čilić and Stan Wawrinka, after many injuries, can not take advantage of the opportunities of their outsiders. Murray begins because of his chronic back pain even twin and mixed. And no one was able to stand on the grass in the younger ones.

Most likely, Italian Matteo Berrettini provokes a sensation. The 23-year-old won the preparatory tournament in Stuttgart and reached the semi-finals in Halle. In world rankings Berrettini has risen to 20th place. But most experts do not believe it, as any other Climber of the first half of the year, Canadian Felix Auger-Aliassime, to withdraw their potential for two weeks. And so the bookmakers are leading three great old tennis players as their favorite. Djokovic is best placed to win (averaging around 25:10), followed by Federer (43:10) and Nadal (65:10). The distance to the next candidates is immense: Alexander Zverev and Stefanos Tsitsipas were led in the most optimistic case with a 150: 10 quota.

Germany hopes in recent years to Halle to point out their great potential, but the success of his game largely depends on his service. With double the error rate at the preparatory tournaments, it is difficult to enter the Wimbledon second week. By contrast, Roger Federer convinced him in Halle where he won the tournament for the tenth time. He drew the extraordinary hardness of the competition. When that was most needed, he presented his best hits and sat on rebellious opponents.

For the past year, this ability was a bit off. To give as much peace as possible to his body before Wimbledon, he gave up the slalom season. That's why he missed the practice of playing against the best. In the middle of the year before Wimbledon, he met only four times in the top ten players. When he was in London in the quarter-finals lawn expert Kevin Anderson got a prefix and the game remained out of control after a 2-0 lead, lacking obvious and self-confident moments. His defeat of South Africa's Federer was described as one of the worst in his career. He pulled out the consequences and this year he played in the sand. His entry into the semi-finals of Roland Garros strengthened his confidence. "If I make a semi-finals in Paris, I can get to the final in Wimbledon." Physically, he was carrying good load again with greater loads. "I feel great."

That's what Rafael Nadal says about himself, and it can not be controlled. As always in the previous years, the 33-year-old Spaniard who triumphed on the holy grass in 2008 and 2010, prepared for solitude for the peak of the season, training matches is not so important to him. "I'm happy to change from sand to lawn." This does not refer to the list of seedlings, as it is second in third place, which means that Nadal will have to keep Đoković again in the semi-finals. Last year he held an epic duel with Srpska for two days, then lost in five sets. "They do what they want, do not respect the rank they have earned," Nadal complained to Wimbledon organizers. Losfee thought that to him anyway. Unpleasant opponents like Kyrgios and Shapoval wait for him early. Nadal in the interview dismissed the role of favorite: "Favorites are Djokovic and Federer."