Twenty years ago, Roger Federer stunned the seven-time Wimbledon champion Pete Sampras to reach the first quarter-final at the All England Club. Two decades later, Roger is still among the players to beat at the world's most prestigious tennis event, reaching the last eight a month before turning 40!
Thus, Federer became the oldest Wimbledon quarter-finalist in the Open era and the third-oldest at Majors after Pancho Gonzales and Ken Rosewall, who did that in the 60s and 70s! Competing at only his fifth tournament in the past 17 months, Federer scored four wins at Wimbledon to remain on the title course and add his name to the history books.
In the fourth round, the Swiss ousted Lorenzo Sonego 7-5, 6-4, 6-2 for his 18th Wimbledon quarter-final from 22 trips to London. Sonego fought well in the opening two sets, but Federer was always the favorite under a roof caused by the rain.
Roger Federer is the oldest Wimbledon quarter-finalist in the Open era.
The Swiss fired 32 winners and 26 unforced errors, getting broken once in the opener and keeping the pressure on the other side of the net since then.
The opening set was mighty close, and it almost went down to the wire. Lorenzo survived three break chances in the fifth game to remain on the positive side before placing a loose forehand at 3-3 to send Roger in front. Serving for the set in game ten, Federer suddenly lost ground completely and suffered a break at love.
Keeping his composure, Roger survived Sonego's four game points at 5-5 and converted the fourth break chance once they return from the rain delay to forge the advantage. Federer had to work hard again in the 12th game, saving a couple of break chances and wrapping up the set after an hour for a massive boost.
Dominating under the roof in set number two, Roger lost five points behind the initial shot and earned one break that pushed him further in front. At 2-2, the Swiss landed a forehand winner to secure a break and clinched the set with a hold at love in game ten for a massive advantage.
Doing everything right behind the initial shot, Roger dropped four points in his games in set number three, forcing the opponent to follow that pace if he wanted to stay in contention. Federer raced into a 4-0 advantage and secured the victory with a service winner at 5-2 that carried him into the 18th Wimbledon quarter-final.