Record 20-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer was very happy with his performance against Richard Gasquet in the Wimbledon second round.
Federer, ranked at No. 8 in the world, handed a 7-6 (1) 6-1 6-4 loss to Gasquet to progress into the Wimbledon third round.
The head-to-head record between Federer and Gasquet now stands at 19-2 in the favor of the Swiss.
“I know Richard really well,” said Federer. “We’ve played so many times against each other. It’s always a pleasure playing against him. He’s got the most wonderful backhand… It was a wonderful match for me. I was really happy with my performance today. A tough first set and a great second set. I was just a little bit better in the third. I’m very, very happy, of course.
“It’s not the most important to feel your absolute best in the first and second rounds. What you don’t want to do is go out. Because then you’ve got to really look at everything and question yourself. I’m not there. I’m in the third round, I’m really happy with my level right now. Today was special, so I’m very happy with that.”
Federer plays Cameron Norrie next
Federer is a fan favorite wherever he goes but his next opponent at Wimbledon will be local player Norrie.
Federer hopes the crowd will make a great atmosphere.
“I hope the crowd’s going to get into it, regardless of who they cheer for,” said Federer. “I understand if it’s for him, but if it’s for me, it’s because of the past 20 years of big matches I’ve played here. Cam’s a good guy, too. He’s had a wonderful year. Played great at Queen’s and he’s backing it up here. I know it’s going to be a tough match and I’m happy for him it’s going well. But enough now, he needs to go out!”