Friday, July 01, 2016

Roger Federer eases into 2nd week at Wimbledon

Roger Federer once again dashed British hopes of a local favourite advancing at Wimbledon. Two days after beating qualifier Marcus Willis, the third seed dispatched Daniel Evans in the third round on Friday, 6-4, 6-2, 6-2.

"I'm clearly very happy because the goal was to get to the second week somehow," said Federer. "Now I've won nine straight sets, which is great. I'm happy with where I am now. I'll rest a couple of days [and] hopefully step it up a little bit more again on Monday."

The seven-time Wimbledon champion raced out to a 4-0 lead in both the first and second sets of the match. Federer gave Evans little to work with, hitting just 11 unforced errors and no double faults in the first two sets to take a commanding two-sets lead.

Federer went on a five-game run in the third set from 0-1 to 5-1 before closing out the match on his serve two games later. He was particularly impressive on serve, hitting 11 aces and losing just five points all match when he got his first serve in play.

Federer has now reached the second week at Wimbledon for the 14th time. Next up for him is the winner of the match between Steve Johnson and Grigor Dimitrov. Federer has never played Johnson, but leads his FedEx ATP Head2Head rivalry with Dimitrov 5-0, including two victories this year in the quarter-finals at Brisbane and the third round at the Australian Open.

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