A month before turning 40, Roger Federer is still capable of playing well at his beloved Major. The Swiss defeated Cameron Norrie 6-4, 6-4, 5-7, 6-4 in two hours and 34 minutes to reach the last 16 at Wimbledon for the 18th time from 22 trips to London! An eight-time champion had a chance to seal the deal in straight sets, missing it but moving over the top in the fourth after a solid performance that keeps him on the title course. Roger played better on both the first and second serve, getting broken twice and securing four return games from 11 chances that carried him over the top and into the second week. Hitting with a better pace than in the previous two encounters in London, Roger had 48 winners and 33 unforced errors. At the same time, Norrie added 34 winners and 32 mistakes to his tally, giving his best but failing to match the opponent’s numbers. The Swiss lost only three points behind the initial shot in the opener, sailing through his games and waiting for a chance on the return.
Roger Federer defeated Cameron Norrie in four sets at Wimbledon.
Cameron fended off a break chance in the opening game before Roger broke him at love at 3-3 with a forehand down the line winner. Serving for the set at 5-4, Federer fired a service winner to wrap up the opener in half an hour, playing well so far and hoping for more of the same in the remaining sets. Pushing even harder in set number two, Roger repelled two break chances in the early stages and kept the pressure on the other side of the net. The Swiss saved those with winners in the second game and stole the rival’s serve a few minutes later when Norrie sent a forehand long.
The Briton saved a set point on serve in game nine before Federer held at love with a service winner for 6-4 and another big step towards the victory. Both players served well until 5-5 in set number three, and Norrie showed mental strength in the 11th game, saving two break points and earning his first break in the next one to steal the set 7-5 and prolong the encounter. They traded breaks in games five and six in set number four, and Roger stepped up in the remaining games to overpower the rival. Federer forced Norrie’s error in the ninth game to grab a break and moved over the top with a service winner a few minutes later for his 104th Wimbledon triumph.