‘He won’t win’ John McEnroe slams Roger Federer bid to win Wimbledon this year

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Roger Federer has been projected to go to the Wimbledon 2021 finals but John McEnroe does not believe the eighth-best tennis player in the world can win. The Swiss tennis pro is facing Hubert Hurkacz in the final on Tuesday afternoon. The men’s singles final takes place on Sunday, July 11.

Speaking to BBC News, Mr McEnroe said: “I feel like Roger is going to get to the finals, I do.

“But I’m not sure I feel like yet he’s going to win it.”

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Mr Federer claimed he had an “unfair” advantage ahead of the quarter-finals having had a rest between his matches unlike his rival Mr Hubert who played in persistent rain on Monday.

Mr Federer said: “It is not fair for anyone.

“I have been in these situations before – but these guys are young and they can recover! Unfortunately they are very, very good too.”

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Heavy rain and thunderstorms have been predicted to hit the UK this weekend as Wimbledon’s morning matches were disrupted by the weather.

Matches at the tennis tournament began as normal from 11am on Saturday, however, they were suspended across all courts around 30 minutes later after showers began to beat down on south-west London.

Organisers have told the PA news agency that matches are expected to resume at 12.30pm but this may change depending on the forecast.

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Showers are expected to develop further across England and Wales, with thunder, lightning and hail leading to potential localised flooding for Saturday, the Met Office said.

A thunderstorm yellow weather warning has been issued by the Met Office for a large part of England, eastern parts of Wales and southern Scotland, which runs until late on Saturday, while a rainfall yellow weather warning, covering northern parts of Devon, Cornwall, Bristol and Bath, has been given as well.

The yellow warnings mean the weather could cause some disruption to travel in parts of the UK while flooding may also take place.

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Greg Dewhurst, a senior meteorologist at the Met Office, said: “London will have some patchy rain through the first part of the afternoon but it should become a little bit drier later on, with maximum temperatures around 17C.

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“Overall, I think there’s a risk of one or two showers and temperatures on the cool side. That continues into Sunday as well, with further risk of showers across the London area again, on the heavy side at times, but I think there’ll be some sunny spells too.”

Sunday sees the potential for hail and the yellow warnings move further north, covering northern parts of England, a large majority of Scotland and Northern Ireland, and remain in place until the end of the day.

Sunny spells meanwhile are predicted for the South and Midlands in England and across Wales on Sunday with highs of 22C, which is slightly below average for this time of year.

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Football fans are also being encouraged to check travel on Saturday as the showers may disrupt their plans.

Mr Dewhurst added: “Our main message throughout the whole weekend is there is likely, wherever you are in the UK, to be some heavy showers around. Be prepared if you’re travelling over the next couple of days with those heavy, heavy thunderstorms around.”

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