Wimbledon, 9 July : Roger Federer moved effortlessly into the Wimbledon last 16 beating Mischa Zverev 7-6 6-4 6-4 to set up a showdown with Grigor Dimitrov.
The 18-time Grand Slam champion recorded a third successive straight-sets triumph of the opening week to diffuse the easy-on-the-eye style of Zverev and reach the last 16 at the All-England Club for a 15th time.
Federer now meets the man nicknamed ‘Baby Fed’ for the sixth time and it’s the Swiss great who has won all five previous contests, including their last meeting in the third round of last year’s Australian Open
Dimitrov booked his place in round four for only the second time in his career when Israel’s Dudi Sela retired having lost the first two sets by the same 6-1 scoreline.
At 35, Federer is the oldest man remaining in the draw but as he has already proved this season he is moving with all the poise and panache that underpinned his dominance of more than a decade ago.
So far in 2017, he has racked up another Grand Slam title, two Masters Series titles and a 500 win in Halle coupled with just two defeats after missing the final six months of last season.
Perhaps the hope for the rest of the field came in Federer’s press conference where, looking remarkably relaxed, he admitted that if wife Mirka felt it was in the family’s interests to end his career, he would have no hesitation in doing so.
“Without her I couldn’t do it,” said Federer.