Roger Federer has reached the fourth round of Wimbledon after beating British hopeful Cameron Norrie, and says he’s found his rhythm.
Federer has always felt at home on the Centre Court of the All England Club but after a difficult 16 months coming back from double knee surgery and very little match time, many questioned whether the 39-year-old could still compete on this stage.
After a challenging first match against Adrian Mannarino which saw his opponent forced to retire ahead of the deciding fifth set due to an on-court fall, Federer then had a straightforward three set win against veteran Richard Gasquet.
His third round clash was against Brit Cameron Norrie who has had an incredible season so far, reaching three ATP finals including Queens, saw Federer find much of his old form, and seemed the most relaxed and confident he has been at Wimbledon so far.
Winning 6-4, 6-4, 5-7,6-4, Federer admitted he was pleased with both his performance and attitude during the match and said he felt ‘at peace’ out there.
“I definitely feel like I’ve got into my rhythm now at this point,” Federer said.
“Sometimes I was still mistiming my shots a little bit, [but] for the most part, I was still trying to play on the front foot.
“I did that very well today. I thought I had a really excellent attitude, from what I can tell how I felt. That has been something that has changed nicely throughout the last weeks and months, to be honest.”
“Maybe [it was] one of the first times, I just felt very much at peace out there, really sort of a tranquility.” Federer admitted.
“I was sitting on the change of ends, it was just empty thoughts, no bad, no positive, just sitting there and relaxing. This is how I want it to be. I think that for me is a very positive sign, to be honest.”
Federer has only played eight competitive matches all season before Wimbledon and wasn’t sure whether he could find the level needed, particularly after winning only one game at Halle, but he finished the match with a celebratory fist pump to a cheering crowd.
“It meant a lot to me because I thought I played a really good match throughout,” said Federer.
“The crowd really got into it. I thought I was extremely calm throughout the match, maybe that’s why I saved all the emotions for the very end of the match.
“It’s really a win for me, like a reference point as well,” Federer said.
“If I can beat somebody of his level who’s played well last week, who is playing at home, who’s played a ton of matches. He’s a good player. That’s why I was extremely happy that I found ways to fight back in that fourth set.”
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