Published: Sun, July 09, 2017
Sports | By Brett Lawson

Federer Flies Into Wimbledon Fourth Round

Federer Flies Into Wimbledon Fourth Round

When told that Roger Federer had revealed he still gets nervous walking on to Wimbledon's Centre Court, Mischa Zverev said ahead of this match: 'Good, he's human'.

Zverev, making his first appearance on Centre Court, acquitted himself well against the master, taking the first set to the wire, but he was no match against the seven-time champion, who is aiming to become the oldest man to win a Grand Slam at 35.

Zverev, into the Wimbledon third round for just the second time and first since 2008, is unfazed by his 0-4 record against Federer, saying he could accept defeat to one of the all-time greats.

"Good, he's human", the German said.

Roger Federer and Grigor Dimitrov meet in the fourth round of the 2017 Wimbledon.

"I'm not that surprised because I thought that everybody this week was going to find their form, especially speaking about Andy and Novak".

It was almost a double break two games later but Zverev rallied to hold and in what was his first Centre Court appearance, he will have been glad to make Federer serve it out.

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Federer comfortably saw out the set to wrap up the win and continue his record of having never dropped a set in five matches against Zverev.

It is the first time since 2014 at Wimbledon that all the big four have reached the second week, and Federer said: "I think it's great".

The 13th-seeded Bulgarian built a 6-1, 6-1 lead over Dudi Sela when the 32-year-old Israeli, drained from winning successive five-set fights over Marcel Granollers and John Isner, pulled the plug. Monday's meeting will be their first grass-court clash. Federer whipped 22 winners in the set more than tripling Zverev in that category. An elegant backhand gave Federer three set-points and he converted when Zverev netted.

'He had a great run in the Australian Open.

The relentless attack of his opponent took a toll on Zverev who dumped a double fault into net gifting the break and a 2-1 third-set lead to the seven-time champion.

There was a bit of an exhibition feel about Federer in the final stages before he clinched victory with his 13th ace. I can give you like so many differences in our game and all that. Whereas with Rafa's confidence, I thought he was also going to be there. Those are just details that I feel I can, that I think I have learned a lot from outside watching. If you ask me to name one thing in particular, I can not.

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