Federer races into Wimbledon fourth round

Roger Federer wasted no time in booking his fourth-round spot on Saturday at Wimbledon, blasting past Santiago Giraldo 6-3, 6-1, 6-3 in 81 minutes under the Centre Court roof on a rain-hit day at The Championships. The Basel native is yet to drop a set in reaching the second week at SW19.

"It's great," Federer told BBC television. "I'm very pleased. It's always good to keep moving on. Last year I lost in the second round (against Sergiy Stakhovsky), so I'm aware of tough draws. I'm always worried about the first week, getting to the second one; then the grass plays quite differently.

“[Next week] it's really about maintaining a good level of play. Physically I'm in good shape. I've got to keep playing aggressively and serving well. You've got to do that on this surface, and keep the points short."

Federer opened up a 3-0 lead in the first set as he went to work with his slice, attacking Giraldo's second serve.

Giraldo finally got himself on the scoreboard in the fourth game of the set and went to deuce on Federer's serve as the seven-time champion sent a drop-shot wide. However, Giraldo fired long twice as Federer, now in full control, went 4-1 ahead before closing out the set in half an hour.

Federer reeled off four games in a row at the start of the second set before Giraldo stopped the rot. But the Colombian then handed Federer a set point with a double fault before firing hopelessly long.

The world No.4 opened up the third set with a love service game before breaking for 5-3 and sealing the victory for a place in the last 16.

Federer won 84 per cent of his first serve points and converted five of his nine break point chances as he recorded his second win in two meetings with the No. 35-ranked Giraldo. The 26-year-old Giraldo, working with Fernando Gonzalez as his coach, was playing the third round at Wimbledon for the first time.

The Swiss is bidding to win an unprecedented eighth Wimbledon crown and claimed his 70th match win at the All England Club with victory over Giraldo. His 70-8 match record at The Championships is the third best in the Open Era. Boris Becker is in second place with a 71-12 mark. The 32-year-old Federer lifted the Wimbledon trophy in 2003-’07, ’09 and ’12.

Federer is on a six-match winning streak, having come into Wimbledon on the back of capturing his 79th tour-level title at the Gerry Weber Open in Halle (d. Falla). It was his second ATP World Tour trophy of the season, following victory in Dubai in February (d. Berdych).

For a place in the quarter-finals, Federer will face Tommy Robredo who defeated 2013 semi-finalist Jerzy Janowicz 6-2, 6-4, 6-7(5), 4-6, 6-3.

Date: 28th June 2014, Source: ATP and ESPN


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