Eight-time Wimbledon champion Roger Federer has advanced to the third round at the All England Club for the 18th time after 22 trips to London. Federer defeated Richard Gasquet 7-6, 6-1, 6-4 for his 19th victory over the Frenchman in 21 games and the 11th in a row.
Roger scored his 103rd win at Wimbledon after a solid performance, especially in sets two and three, where he left the opponent far behind after a reliable performance on both serve and return. Nothing could separate the rivals in the first set before the tie break, especially after both sides squandered their first counter-attack opportunities.
Federer had more winners and unforced errors, seeking his punches and surviving a massive scare in the first service game to avoid an early setback. The Swiss blew a break opportunity in the first game after failing to control his backhand, and the Frenchman had a great opportunity to open a 2-0 gap shortly after that.
Playing three break opportunities, Roger saved the first two with powerful serves and escaped when his opponent missed a backhand to level the score at 1-1. Both players served well in the next ten games to establish a tie break, where Federer advanced 3-0 with an ace on the T line.
Finding the punches from him, Roger hit a forehand winner to advance 5-1 and secured the set after Richard's double fault in the eighth point. With momentum on his side, Federer lashed out with 17 winners and six unforced errors in set number two to leave the opponent far behind.
The Swiss saved both break points and stole the opponent's serve twice to take the set 6-1 and continue his march towards the goal. As in the first set, Roger saved a break opportunity in the first game with a winning serve and earned four consecutive points on the return the next to earn a break and open a 2-0 lead.
Controlling the pace, Federer landed another break in the fourth game with a winning backhand and hit an ace on the T-line to rush to a 5-0 lead. Serving for the set in the seventh game, an eight-time champion fended off a break opportunity and closed it with an ace.
After four comfortable serving turns at the start of the third set and a break opportunity for Roger at 2-2. Richard saved him with a forced error and brought the game home with a winning serve. Federer took the sixth game with an ace and forged a 4-3 lead when Gasquet's drop missed the net.
With a 3-5 serve, the Frenchman defended himself from a match point with a winner at the net before Federer closed the deal with his serve in game ten.
Otte opens up on Roger Federer
Oscar Otte recently spoke to tennis MAGAZIN, where he claimed that Roger Federer is the greatest player of all time.
Otte believes that Federer's flawless demeanor - both on and off the court - puts him ahead of Novak Djokovic, who has been at the center of a fair few controversies of late. Roger Federer and Oscar Otte have met just once on the tour - in the second round of Roland Garros 2019.
"It was difficult to play against him (Federer, at Roland Garros), of course, but I played well," Otte said. "But a lot of new things came up to me. For example, it was the first time I had real interviews. That's why I was exhausted for a few days after the match," Otte said.
"(But) it was a cool experience. The only stupid thing was that I got injured again afterwards and couldn’t take this positive swing with me."