Wimbledon: Roger Federer celebrates after winning his second round match.© AFP
Roger Federer became the oldest man in 46 years to succeed in the Wimbledon third round on Thursday with a straight-sets win over Richard Gasquet. Federer, 39, defeated his vinaigrette rival 7-6 (7/1), 6-1, 6-4 to make the final 32 for the 18th time. Australia’s Ken Rosewall was once 40 when he made the third round at the All England Club in 1975. Federer, who has eight Wimbledon titles, whip Gasquet for the 19th time in 21 meetings and will take on Cameron Norrie of Britain for a place in the final 16.
“I realize Richard in point of fact polite, we’ve played such a lot of times against every other. It’s all the time a pleasure playing against him,” said Federer.
“It was once a wonderful match, I’m happy with my performance. A hard first set, I used to be happy with the second one set and I used to be better in the third, so I’m very, more than pleased.”
Federer admits the Centre Court crowd may have split loyalties when he faces 25-year-old Norrie for a place in the final 16.
“I’m hoping the crowd will get into it irrespective of if they’re for him or me for the final 20 years,” said Federer.
“Cam is a great guy and is having a wonderful year. He has done polite here but it is time for him to go out!”
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