Roger Federer: 'This is the last Slam before I hit...'

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Roger Federer: 'This is the last Slam before I hit...'

There was a good version of Roger Federer in his second and third round matches at Wimbledon against Richard Gasquet and Cameron Norrie. The Swiss champion, who had been very lucky on his debut with Adrian Mannarino, found positive feelings in front of a rival who had almost never caused him major problems.

The former world number 1 inflicted poor Richard's 19th defeat in 21 head-to-head matches, delivering excellent tennis in the second and third sets. “After 18 months of rehabilitation and meetings behind closed doors, playing on the Center Court in front of an audience of true fans repays me for every sacrifice” - wrote the 20-time Slam champion on Twitter.

The 39-year-old from Basel, on the hunt for his ninth seal at Church Road, had never fully convinced since his re-tour last March. In particular, the bad defeat against Felix Auger-Aliassime in Halle had fueled doubts about his competitiveness.

Federer is four match wins away from the historic achievement

Eight-time champion, Roger Federer, stormed into the last-16 of the 2021 Wimbledon Championships. Facing Britain’s Cameron Norrie in the third round, Federer won the match 6-4, 6-4, 5-7, 6-4 to enter the last-16 at Wimbledon for a record 18th time.

During the on-court interview, Federer mentioned it was a special feeling to compete at a high level in the last Grand Slam before he turns 40. Having played a handful of matches over the last year and a half, Federer has gone from strength to strength over his last three matches.

“I guess this is one is special because I’m almost 40. This is the last Slam before I hit the big 40. It’s all a bonus, and we’ll see how far I can go here,” said Federer. Roger Federer is usually one of the quickest players to get off the blocks, regardless of who is on the other side of the net.

The Swiss likes to play aggressively from the first point in order to put pressure on the opponent, which often leads to mistakes from their racket. Federer did exactly that against Cameron Norrie, in what was a near-flawless display in the opening set.

The 39-year-old conceded just three points combined in his first five service games, winning a whopping 94% of his first-serve points. Federer went to the net 38 times and won the point on 30 of those occasions. That helped the Swiss unsettle Norrie's rhythm, keeping the Brit on his toes throught.

Norrie didn't have an answer to Federer's guile and variety, and ended up making a few too many errors while passing.