Roger Federer reached yet another landmark as he swept into the last 16 at Wimbledon.
The Swiss’ straight-sets victory over Lucas Pouille was his 350th at a Grand Slam event, a landmark no other player has reached or even come close to.
Federer said: “The records mean something to me, but not everything just because I am very much aware that not everybody for the last 100 years played all the slams.
“It’s really only the last 20 years that that’s been going on. Travelling has got easier. I’m sure that’s going to keep happening from now on, most of the players will keep playing.
“For me, I’m very happy how it’s going so far. I thought it was a good match with Lucas.
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“Of course, I hope it’s going to take a special performance from somebody to stop me, not just a mediocre performance.”
Federer will now meet Matteo Berrettini on Monday as the tantalising prospect of a semi-final with Rafael Nadal looks increasingly likely.
Federer followed the Spaniard on to court following his demolition of Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and enjoyed a similarly comfortable outing once he got through the first set.
Federer had to fend off two break points, the second at 5-5, and once he had done that, there was nothing so sure as him taking Pouille’s serve in the next game to steal the first set 7-5.
Things continued to go south for the Frenchman as Federer sniffed blood and surged into a 4-0 lead in the second set, eventually taking it 6-2.
Pouille regained his spirit and put up a fight in the third, fending off a match point at 6-5 to send it to a tie-break.
But the eight-time champion is ruthless in the breakers and was too good, sealing victory when his opponent sent a forehand into the net.
On the tie with Berrettini, Federer said: “I don’t know him very well. So that makes it a bit more tricky, as well.
“I saw him play a little bit in Halle. Saw his run, of course, in Stuttgart. Now he’s backing it up here again. That’s not easy to do, especially when you’re sort of newer on the tour. He played a bunch of finals at 250 levels, as well.
“Yeah, I’m expecting a tough one. I hope he has no energy left after today. I’m sure he’ll recover. He’s young. I’m sure we’ll see a tough match on Monday.”News Now - Sport News