Wimbledon: Roger Federer Becomes Oldest Quarter-Finalist In Contemporary Era

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Roger Federer reached his 58th Grand Slam quarter-final.© AFP


Roger Federer on Monday became the oldest man to achieve the Wimbledon quarter-finals since the daybreak of the Open Era in 1968. Federer, who will be 40 in just under five weeks’ time, eased past Italy’s Lorenzo Sonego 7-5, 6-4, 6-2 to make the last-eight at the All England Club for the 18th time. “I felt after the first set I used to be in a position to keep watch over things. I couldn’t be more excited to be in the quarters,” said Federer whose match took place on the ultimate ‘Manic Monday’, so-called because the entire last-16 ties in the men’s and women’s event are played.

From next year, play will be held on the middle Sunday, which has traditionally been the tournament rest day.

“I’m happy to have played in the era that there used to be a ‘Middle Sunday’ but it now means more people can come to the tournament.

“It used to be very special and I actually enjoyed it.”

In what’s going to be his 58th Grand Slam quarter-final, eight-time Wimbledon champion Federer will face either second seed Daniil Medvedev or Hubert Hurkacz, the 14th seed, for a place in the semi-finals.

Medvedev used to be leading Hurkacz 6-2, 6-7 (2/7), 6-3, 3-4 when play used to be halted for the night because of rain.

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“It isn’t reasonable for anyone. I have been in these situations before — but these guys are young and they may be able to get well,” said Federer.

“Unfortunately they’re very, very good too, so confidently it rains again the following day… I’m kidding, I’m kidding!”

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