Roger Federer won a “highlight” match on Thursday at Wimbledon as he hammered longtime target Richard Gasquet 7-6(1), 6-1, 6-4 to motor into the third round. on Thursday at Wimbledon.
The eight-time champion exercised his lethal grass skills in a fashion which brought back memories of his runaway success at his favourite venue.
“It was a nice match for me, good atmosphere for me,good weather,,” the 20-time Grand Slam winner said.
“It was definitely one of the highlights of the year so far.”
Federer hit 10 aces and saved all five break points he faced.
“What I was able to do today gives you a lot of confidence, you can start to play so much more freely. I was able to do that with my shots.
“I definitely had a really nice stretch there for some time after winning that breaker.”
The win in only his 11th match of 2021 after last year’s two knee operations and months of serious rehab sends the sixth seed into a contest with Brit Cameron Norrie.
Tournament No. 2 Daniil Medvedev dispatched Spanish teenaged talent Carlos Alcaraz 6-4,6-1, 6-2 in just over 90 minutes.
The Russian who is starting move quietly through the field, duplicating the 20 winners of his young opponent.
Medvedev said he enjoys a good relationship with local fans, all due to the British sense of fairplay.
“The fans here are the most – rational ones because they don’t really have favourites, except of course Rafa, Roger,and Novak, which is completely normal.
They go for everybody, that’s actually why I was kind of surprised. They wer supporting me a lot. But they support everybody very well.
“That’s why I like Wimbledon.”
Third seeded Alexander Zverev was untouchable on serve in the second set – holding four times to love – as he hammered home a 7-5, 6-2, 6-3 defeat of Tennys Sandgren to advance.
The German winner needed an hour and three-quarters and 13 aces as he broke the American five times to go through.
“I’m feeling pretty good,” the winner said. “Of course I know that the opponents are getting tougher and that I need to play better tennis.
“But all in all, I’m happy where I am, I hope I can continue to build on my form.”
Cam Norrie duplicated the winning ways of Andy Murray by booking his own place in the third round here for the first time.
The British No. 2 sealed his spot 6-3, 6-1, 6-2 over Australian No. 149 wild card Alex Bolt and next plays Federer.
Italian eighth seed Matteo Berrettini, the Queen’s champion, defeated Dutch lucky loser Botic Van De Zandschulp 6-3, 6-4, 7-6(4) as he keeps increasing his comfort level on the turf.
“This win gives me confidence because I know I can win even though I’m not playing my best tennis.
“I know I can play better, I just see really positive stuff. I’m happy also because I played just three sets,” he said.
NIck Kyrgios beat italy’s Gianluca Mager 7-6(7), 6-4, 6-4 while Canada’s Felix Auger-Aliassime barely fought off Swede Mikael Ymer 6-4, 4-6, 7-6,(9), 6-1.
Kei Nishikori took his earliest loss here since 2015 when he exited in the second round a 7-5,6-4, 5-7, 6-3 victim of Jordan Thompson.
The Japanese player won six of the last seven games of the third set but was unable to consolidate his attempted comeback.
“I didn’t play my best, my return was very bad today. That was the key/
“My rhythm was bad and he started playing better and serving well.”
Grass neophyte Pedro Martinez’s of Spain extended the misery for Gael Monfils 6-3, 6-4, 4-6, 7-6(5).
The French showman had had poor form for months and stands 3-13 since the resumption of tennis last August after the pandemic break.
Martinez had not played a main draw match on grass prior to this week.