Roger Federer got through to the third round of Wimbledon on Friday and sent a warning to his next opponent, British hopeful Cameron Norrie.
Federer recorded his 19th victory against Richard Gasquet on Centre Court in their second round tie, looking and playing more like his old self, winning in straight sets 7-6, 6-1, 6-4.
After the match, the 20-time Grand Slam Champion paid tribute to his old friend and said he was really happy with his performance.
“I know Richard really well, we’ve played so many times against each other. It’s always a pleasure playing against him. He’s got the most wonderful backhand,” Federer said.
“It was a wonderful match for me. I was really happy with my performance today. A tough first set and a great second set. I was just a little bit better in the third. I’m very, very happy, of course.
“It’s not the most important to feel your absolute best in the first and second rounds. What you don’t want to do is go out. Because then you’ve got to really look at everything and question yourself.
“I’m not there. I’m in the third round, I’m really happy with my level right now. Today was special, so I’m very happy with that.”
Federer is loved by the Wimbledon crowd, who have seen him lift the title eight times, and he was asked if he thinks the crowd will be cheering for him or British hopeful Cameron Norris when they clash on Saturday.
“I hope the crowd’s going to get into it, regardless of who they cheer for,” said Federer.
“I understand if it’s for him, but if it’s for me, it’s because of the past 20 years of big matches I’ve played here.
“Cam’s a good guy, too. He’s had a wonderful year. Played great at Queen’s and he’s backing it up here.
“I know it’s going to be a tough match and I’m happy for him it’s going well. But enough now, he needs to go out!” joked Federer.
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