Federer into Wimbledon quarter–finals
Seven-time champion Roger Federer reached the Wimbledon quarter-finals by dismantling Steve Johnson 6-2, 6-3, 7-5.
Federer, 34, has lacked matches and form this summer but showed glimpses of his imperious best on Centre Court.
He will now play 2014 US Open champion Marin Cilic as he hunts a record-breaking eighth men’s singles title.
Johnson, 26, shares a coach with Sam Querrey but never looked like pulling off an upset to compare with Querrey’s third-round defeat of Novak Djokovic.
Federer broke world number 29 Johnson in the sixth and eighth games of the first set and maintained that momentum as the contest developed.
The Swiss was not flawless in the second set - his first serve percentage was down at 58% - but having broken Johnson again in the fourth game he was never troubled in closing the set out.
When Johnson did finally manage to disrupt his opponent’s serve in the third set he was broken straight back, and when Federer broke again at 5-5 the American’s slim hopes had evaporated.
Federer remains the Centre Court crowd’s most favoured son, and the prospect of seeing him progress to an 11th Wimbledon final, and a possible match with Britain’s Andy Murray, is an alluring one indeed.
Federer won his last Grand Slam title here in 2012 and lost in the final a year ago to Djokovic.
No man in the Open era has won the men’s singles title at his age, but the draw he now faces makes one final miracle appear possible.
Roger Federer will now take on Marin Cilic, who beat him at the US Open last year, in this year's quarter-finals