Eight-time Wimbledon champion Roger Federer plays British number two Cameron Norrie in the third round of the 2021 Wimbledon Open on Saturday, July 3. Get the live streaming options of this Roger Federer v Richard Gasquet match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Roger Federer v Cameron Norrie Head to Head
The players have only met once at the Hopman Cup which Federer won. No meetings on the main ATP tour yet.
Federer Strong In Second Round
Eight-time Wimbledon champion Roger Federer’s return to the tour looked bleak when he was down two sets to one in the opening round against Frenchman Adrian Mannarino on Center Court here at Wimbledon.
Down 2-4 in the fourth set, Mannarino slipped behind the baseline and twisted his knee and could not carry on much longer having lost the fourth set 2-6. Federer moving on to the second round and many will consider he got very lucky, including himself.
Coming into the second round against French veteran Richard Gasquet, one did not know what to expect as although the Swiss had the 18-2 head-to-head, given his form in the opener, there were concerns on how far he would progress this fortnight.
It was an uncertain start from both players, with Federer saving three break points in the opening service game. However, the service games got better for both as the set headed for a tiebreak at 6-6. The Swiss upped the level and played some good grass court tennis to lead 6-1 before a Gasquet double fault gave Federer the breaker 7-1.
Federer had a tricky opening service game but then got into his groove soon thereafter breaking Gasquet twice to go up 4-0 and then close the set at 6-1, looking confident and exhibiting flashes of his old brilliance. The third set was on serve till 3-3 before Federer broke for 4-3 and closed the match 6-4 in the third.
The 20-time major title holder mentioned after the match that he was happy with his performance and felt his confidence on the grass was increasing as he sets up a third round clash with British number two Cameron Norrie.
Good Season For Norrie As Big Test Awaits
British hope and No. 29 seed Cameron Norrie reached the third round at Wimbledon for the first time in his career with a convincing 6-3,6-1,6-2 win against Aussie Alex Bolt in the second round. This came at the back of a well fought second round win in just under three hours against French veteran Lucas Pouille in four sets.
Yet to win a tour-level title, Norrie has four runner-up finishes in his career. He reached three finals this year at Estoril, Lyon and Queen’s but fell to Albert Ramos-Vinolas, Stefanos Tsitsipas and Matteo Berrettini respectively.
It has been a strong season for the Briton who is 31-13 with semi-finals at Delray Beach, Acapulco and Barcelona to add to his resume.
Norrie has never gone beyond the third round of a Grand slam and made just one second round appearance at Wimbledon, falling to Kei Nishikori after winning the first round in 2019.
Federer v Norrie Prediction and Tip
Federer came into the second round at the back of a very lucky escape in the opener and one wondered what his prospects were like. But, a strong performance by the Swiss has definitely tilted the scales in his favor to make it to the second week. Norrie has had a good run in recent times and at Queens’, but he is up against Roger Federer on Center Court at Wimbledon.
Expect a good show by Norrie but Federer to build on his second round performance and prevail in four sets.