A month before turning 40, Roger Federer is still among the players to beat at Wimbledon. The Swiss defeated Lorenzo Sonego 7-5, 6-4, 6-2 in two hours and 11 minutes for his 58th Major quarter-final and the 18th at Wimbledon!
Thus, Roger became the third-oldest Major quarter-finalist in the Open era behind Pancho Gonzalez and Ken Rosewall and proved his everlasting class once again after all the troubles he had endured in 2020. Lorenzo stayed in touch with Roger in the opening two sets, but nothing worked his way once the roof came out due to the rain.
Hitting 32 winners and 26 unforced errors, Federer lost serve only once in the opener's closing stages and left the rival behind with five breaks on his tally that carried him over the top. Federer won just two points more than Sonego in the opener, keeping the points on his racquet and hitting more winners and mistakes than his opponent.
Roger Federer is through to his 18th Wimbledon quarter-final.
The Italian pulled the break back at the very last moment, but the Swiss stayed calm to bring the set home and gather momentum. Lorenzo survived three break chances in the fifth game to remain on the positive side before firing a loose forehand at 3-3 to send Roger in front.
Serving for the set at 5-4, Federer lost ground completely and suffered a break at love to keep the rival alive. Keeping his composure, Federer survived Sonego's four game points at 5-5 before converting the fourth break chance once they return from the rain delay to open the gap.
Serving at 6-5, Federer had to work hard again, saving a couple of break chances and wrapping up the set after an hour. Dominating under the roof in set number two, Roger lost five points behind the initial shot and earned one break that closed it for him.
At 2-2, the Swiss landed a forehand winner that secured a break for him and clinched the set with a hold at love in game ten for a massive advantage. Dominating behind the initial shot big time, Roger dropped four points in his games in set number three, which Sonego couldn't follow.
Federer raced into a 4-0 advantage and secured the victory with a service winner in game eight that carried him into the quarters.