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Federer cruises into fourth round at Wimbledon

LONDON, Jul 7 (Agencies) | Publish Date: 7/7/2019 12:13:59 PM IST

Roger Federer kept tennis statisticians on their toes on Saturday as he mopped up a few more records by trampling all over Lucas Pouille’s dreams in a rip-roaring 7-5 6-2 7-6(4) win to reach the fourth round of Wimbledon.

The Swiss became the first player - man or woman - to win 350 singles matches at the majors.

But as the father of two sets of twins, Federer seems to have a penchant for doing things in pairs and Saturday was no different as he also set a professional era record of reaching the last 16 for the 17th time - surpassing the previous benchmark he had shared with Jimmy Connors.

The Swiss is unlikely to be popping champagne corks to celebrate either milestone, however, as he has his eyes firmly set on much, much bigger prizes - a record ninth Challenge Cup and a 21st Grand Slam title. To get closer to that, however, he will first have to negotiate his way past Italian 17th seed Matteo Berrettini.

While the hollering fans gave Federer a standing ovation as he completed his 350th match win at the majors just a month shy of his 38th birthday, the world’s favourite tennis son was more circumspect about the record.

“I know back in the amateur times, they were not playing all the slams because it was too far to travel to some places,” said the Swiss after saluting the crowd which included Grand Slam champions of the calibre of Rod Laver, Billie Jean King and Martina Navratilova.

“It’s a nice number to achieve and I have enjoyed my time at the slams. They’ve given me some of the most memorable and special moments on a tennis court, so of course it’s nice winning that much.”

“I don’t know how many years I have got left but at the moment I am really enjoying myself. I love to move on the grass, it comes very naturally to me so for me to win today was great ... it’s been wonderful,” added Federer.

Second-seeded Nadal had an easy 6-2, 6-3, 6-2 victory over Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of France to make his ninth fourth round appearance at Wimbledon. His opponent will be unseeded Joao Sousa, who needed five sets to defeat Dan Evans of Britain 4-6, 6-4, 7-5, 4-6, 6-4 to become the first Portuguese to make the fourth round at the Championship. “He’s a super dangerous opponent against everybody. He is very quick, has a very good physical performance,” Nadal commented on Sousa.

Andy and Serena off to flying start

The dream team of Andy Murray and Serena Williams made a winning start to their mixed doubles campaign. Murray and Williams linked up well as they cruised past sixth-seeded Andreas Mies of Germany and Alexa Guarachi of Chile 6-4 6-1 on Centre Court.

Williams overcame an inauspicious start, where she played the first two points with her accreditation lanyard still around her neck, to play her part in winning the first set. Mies’ serve was broken in the first game and there was no looking back as Murray served it out to make it a promising start to their partnership.

They continued to dominate proceedings and as well as entertain the crowd. The level of their tennis will also surely have other pairings shuddering as they demolished Mies and Guarachi in the second set. They broke twice to lead 4-0 and, after Williams saved three break points, they saw out the win in 76 minutes.


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