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Wimbledon | Federer wastes no time

Wimbledon | Federer wastes no time

Roger Federer sped into the quarter-finals via one of Wimbledon’s fastest men’s singles wins.

Yeah I'm very happy, I feel I'm really getting into a good groove now, today I was able to read his serve, get the returns back in play and hit well from the baseline Roger Federer

The eight-time champion took just 74 minutes to destroy Italian Matteo Berrettini 6-1 6-2 6-2 on Centre Court.

It is the quickest match in his event from the fourth round and higher since 2002. He also featured in the second swiftest encounter when he defeated Swede Jonas Bjorkman in 2006.

The Swiss superstar will become the oldest player in his event since Jimmy Connors in 1991 when he plays in his 17th and last-eight clash – breaking his own record – at the All England Club against Kei Nishikori.

And the eight-time champion kept on track to equal the number All England singles crowns won by Martina Navratilova with a demolition job that left him feeling “very happy”.

The 37-year-old winner of a record 20 Grand Slams said:  “Yeah I’m very happy, I feel I’m really getting into a good groove now, today I was able to read his serve, get the returns back in play and hit well from the baseline.

“I’ll take it against the big servers, it will be interesting to see how it goes against a stronger baseliner. I’m still getting used to the conditions also but on the performance it was a really good match for me.

“I think you can always lose a Grand Slam in that first week – but you can’t win it. If you get through it with energy in the tank you’re in a good position. But the question has to be can you play seven times in five-setters?

“Yeah they’re memorable to play in but for the body it’s nice to avoid them. It looks like it’s Nishikori next, in four sets, and he can recover quickly from that.”

Eighth seed Nishikori defeated Mikhail Kukushkin of Kazakhstan 6-3 3-6 6-3 6-4

About The Author

Mike Donovan

Mike Donovan is a journalist and author who has covered tennis for more than 20 years. He was tennis correspondent on Today, the first all-electronic, all-colour newspaper, and contributed to the official Wimbledon website. He has scribed for most national dailies and magazines on the sport of the fuzzy green ball, as the late Bud Collins used to describe tennis. Mike has twice won British Sports Writer of the Year awards. He is the author of a variety of football books and has one coming out on Pitch Publishing in September called ‘Glory Glory Lane’, about the 118-year history of Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane.

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