Former world No. 1 Roger Federer was happy with the way he performed against rising Briton Cameron Norrie. Federer. now ranked at No. 8 in the world, beat Norrie in four sets 6-4 6-4 5-7 6-4 to reach the Wimbledon round-of-16. Federer earned the first break of the match in the seventh game and served out for the opener in the 10th game.
After winning the first set, Federer broke Norrie in the third game and held on to his serve to take a two-set lead. Norrie claimed his first break of the match in the 12th game of the third set to force a fourth set. Federer blew an early fourth set break but broke Norrie again in the ninth game and served out for the match in the 10th game.
"Well, very, very [pleased]. Super relieved," said Federer, per Metro UK. "It was a tough battle with Cam. I was so close to serve it out. A little extra round. "He deserved that third set. I thought he played excellent today.
For me, I felt I was really able to keep a very high level of play. "He got the good break at the end of the third that cost me the set but overall I’m very happy with how I played.’ "I think overall I’m playing at a high level right now.
I got lucky in the first round. My English is getting better. Things are going very well for me.’
Federer plays Lorenzo Sonego next
For the 69th time in his career, Federer has been through to the round-of-16 at a Grand Slam.
"No, it’s a nice stat to hear. It proves to me when I wake up in the morning, that has happened. I feel stiff. I played a lot of tennis," Federer said. "I’ve loved every minute. I hope there’s a little bit more left in me.
It’s a pleasure, an absolute pleasure still playing right now. "This one is special because I’m almost 40. This is the last Slam before I hit the big 40, let’s see how far I can go."