Fed­erer into Wim­ble­don quar­ter–fi­nals

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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

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