Roger Federer dismisses Nalbandian in front of Sachin Tendulkar

Roger Federer moved into the fourth round of Wimbledon Saturday with a 6-4, 6-2, 6-4 victory against No. 28 seed David Nalbandian. "I thought today was a particularly good performance by my side, on my serve again," assessed Federer. "I think I played a great match."

The six-time winner of The Championships won 41 per cent of his return points, breaking the Argentine five times to take the match in one hour and 46 minutes. He is yet to drop a set in the tournament. "I'm using basically everything in my arsenal, the slice, the drive and so forth," said Federer. "I've been playing really well. I've gotten through the matches comfortably and that's very nice."

Federer increases his head-to-head lead over Nalbandian to a 12-8 record and improves to 3-2 in Grand Slam clashes, having now played each other at all four majors. Nalbandian was appearing at the All England Club for the first time since 2008.

The Swiss is looking to reach his 29th straight major quarter-final and can keep the streak alive with a win over 18th-seeded Mikhail Youzhny, who came from a set down to defeat No. 16 seed Nicolas Almagro 4-6, 6-3, 7-6(3), 6-3 in two hours and 43 minutes. Federer has never lost to the Russian, holding a commanding 10-0 lead.

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, the 12th seed, overpowered Fernando Gonzalez 6-3, 6-4, 6-3 to advance to the second week of Wimbledon for the third time. The Frenchman cracked 48 winners, 27 more than Gonzalez and hit 29 aces to knock out the Chilean in one hour and 19 minutes.

Celebrity Watch

Middle Saturday saw guests from the world of sport invited to watch the Centre Court play from the Royal Box. The guest list included Martina Navratilova, triple jump Olympic gold medallist Jonathan Edwards, Olympic swimmer Mark Foster, Indian cricketer Sachin Tendulkar – who later met Roger Federer, gymnast Beth Tweddle, Dame Kelly Holmes, Sir Roger Bannister, Sir Steve Redgrave and 1966 World Cup winner Sir Geoff Hurst.

Sachin Tendulkar tweets "Spent an hour with Roger Federer chatting on the balcony of Wimbledon Royal box. What a humble guy! And by the way he knows a lot about cricket!!"

Date: 27.06.2011, Source: ATP


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