Felix continued his fine grass court season with this victory over the German number 4 seed in 5 sets. The Canadian, who claimed the rare scalp of Roger Federer at Halle, went into this one on the back of a walkover over Nick Krygios in Round of 32. Focus for this Wimbledon is definitely on Federer and Djokovic to see who finally breaks clear at the top of the Grand Slams table but young and upcoming players like Felix will give the two something to contemplate in this coming week. Sascha Zverev on the other hand took it easy leading up to this Grand Slam following reaching the semis in Paris only playing two matches in Halle. In this match he served rather poorly compared to how we know him to. 20 double faults with a first service ratio of 65% modest by his standards. Felix showing his gutsy court fight coming back from a break down to win a tight first set and second sets.
The Canadian’s forehand play which bamboozled Federer three weeks back was on show again. Watch 2-0 Zverev second set first point. Felix not just hitting safe shots, he aimed for the corners which was wonderful to see especially from a young relatively inexperienced player. Sascha did committed some unforced errors on crucial points in the first two sets which helped the Canadian’s cause. The German came roaring back in the next two sets. Zverev had some forehand surprises for Felix too. Check out 4-2 Zverev up third set first point. Almost as if they were playing musical chairs, Felix is the one who began to commit the unforced errors on the big points. The long five set match favored Felix for sure given his young athleticism and the fact that he had a short match in Round of 32. Zverev was better at the net when Felix tried to vary his shots but the F.A.A was almost unplayable from the baseline. Watch the match point converted at 5-4 (40-30) in the fifth set. Going on the front foot early was key to winning the point. Next up for Felix is a quarterfinal against Italian Berrettini.