“I was able to put in another solid performance today,” said Federer. “There was a bit of a swirly wind and I think he might have struggled a little bit with his serve in these conditions, whereas indoors it is straightforward and you can get great rhythm.”
Federer didn’t face a single break point as he won 31 of his 47 service points. When asked about Federer’s chances of winning the gold medal, Benneteau said, “He’s the favourite. There are a lot of good players here, but for sure he’s going to be close.”
Federer will next challenge Uzbek Denis Istomin, who beat Gilles Muller of Luxembourg 6-7(4), 7-6(3) 7-5 in two hours and 37 minutes.
Federer admitted he is “watching everything” on television at his private house in Wimbledon village. “We have a great TV set-up where you can watch all the different sports from archery to beach volleyball, canoeing, anything really. Of course, I have a few of my favourites.”
The Swiss missed a total of four break chances in the opening set, but secured the second thanks to an early break. They managed just the same in the third set, not giving away the advantage of an early lead after a break and wrapping up the match upon the second match-ball after 2 hours and 16 minutes.
"They hung tough and it was exciting at the end - a shot here, a serve there, makes all the difference," said Federer.
They will now play Israel's Jonathan Erlich and Andy Ram.
Date: 31st July 2012, Source: ATP and RF Official