Wimbledon – Federer cruises into fourth round


Defending champion Roger Federer raced to a comprehensive three-set win over Frenchman Marc Gicquel to continue his breezy progress.

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Federer completely dominated the match after surprisingly dropping his opening service game of the match, breaking Gicquel six times on the way to a 6-3 6-3 6-1 victory in just 81 minutes.

The world number one needs four more victories next week to set a modern era record of six men’s titles in a row.

He captured the first set with a booming ace and the second, after two breaks of serve, with a screaming forehand winner.

With the 53rd-ranked Gicquel completely out of his depth, the Swiss master sailed through the third with two breaks to claim his 62nd grasscourt victory in a row.

Federer said he was happy to have completed the first week without dropping a set, especially as the conditions on a blustery day and after a rain delay had not been ideal on Friday.

“I think I played really well in the circumstances,” Federer said adding that after two days off he would be ready to face 20th seed Hewitt who beat Italy’s Simone Bolelli 6-1 6-3 7-6 on Court One on Friday. “It should be an exciting match,” he said.


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