Roger Federer booked his place in the last eight at Wimbledon yesterday, with a comfortable straight sets victory over Frenchman Adrian Mannarino. The defending champion produced a sublime display to overcome his opponent on centre court, with the match eventually ending 6-0 7-5 6-4.
Having opted out of the French Open last month, a positive start to his Wimbledon campaign was always going to be important for Roger Federer. The 36-year-old began his Wimbledon journey with a straight sets victory over Dusan Lajovic. He went on to claim consecutive sets wins over both Lukas Lacko and Jan-Lennard Struff, before facing Mannarino yesterday, and following an emphatic 6-0 lead in the first set, it appeared as if Federer was going to cruise through to the quarter-finals with relative ease.
“It was crucial for him to stay in the match at the beginning of the second set and then it got tougher,” said Federer.
“You always tend to play better against better players and I am happy to be back in the second week of Wimbledon.”
Mannarino managed to rally in the second set, and with looked to be heading towards a tie-break before Federer broke his serve in the 11th game. Federer then saved three break points in the third to put the match to bed.
The result means that Federer is currently on a winning run of 32 consecutive sets at Wimbledon – just two shy of his previous best record set between 2005 – 06. He has not dropped serve since the 2017 semi-finals.
“I wouldn’t know that it happened in ’05 and ’06, I feel like these streaks just happen,” he said.
“I’m equally happy if I would have won all the matches in four sets. That it happened to be in straights, it helps me for to save energy for the rest of the tournament.”
The Swiss Maestro is now eyeing a 21st Grand Slam title, to add to the Australian Open title that he picked up at the beginning of 2018. Federer is now set to face South African Kevin Anderson, who beat Gael Monfils 7-6 (7-4) 7-6 (7-2) 5-6 7-6 (7-4) in the round of 16. Anderson is the first South African player to reach the quarter-finals of Wimbledon in 24 years. The pair have not met since 2015, with Federer leading Anderson 4-0 overall.