Old guy Fed­erer thanks luck of the draw

Pakistan Observer - - SPORTS -

LONDON—For a seven-times cham­pion who is a month shy of his 35th birth­day, and is known to have a dodgy back, fate could not have dealt Roger Fed­erer a bet­ter hand this week as he be­came the first, and so far only, man to reach the Wim­ble­don fourth round.

With the rest of his ri­vals stranded in the sec­ond or third round fol­low­ing a week of weather may­hem, el­e­gant ex­e­cu­tioner Fed­erer en­sured that he had the week­end off af­ter drop­ping Dan Evans through the Wim­ble­don trap door on Fri­day. 14th time.

Evans, the once bad boy of Bri­tish tennis, was on a roll this week as he had never be­fore won a match at the All Eng­land Club, let alone two in a row.

But if Evans, the son on an elec­tri­cian, har­boured hopes of go­ing deeper into the tour­na­ment, it was not long be­fore the 17-times ma­jor cham­pion pulled the plug on his dreams on a flood­lit Cen­tre Court.

The Swiss third seed chalked up his 150th grass­court win with an un­re­turn­able serve.

“I’m clearly very happy be­cause, well, the goal was to get to the sec­ond week some­how. Now I’ve won nine straight sets, which is great,” said the Swiss, whose run of ap­pear­ing in 65 con­sec­u­tive grand slams ended when he had to sit out the French Open with a back in­jury.

“I def­i­nitely got a bit lucky to play Bri­tish guys, which put us on Cen­tre Court,” added the Swiss af­ter play­ing his sec­ond suc­ces­sive match un­der a closed roof.

“So I’m the only guy in the fourth round, which is maybe a lit­tle bit of an ad­van­tage.”

Since be­ing beaten by Tim Hen­man in the quar­ter-fi­nals 15 years ago, Fed­erer has now dropped only one set in six matches against Bri­tons at the citadel of grass­court tennis. While the rest of the play­ers were left curs­ing their rot­ten luck, Fed­erer was thank­ful he had man­aged to dodge the weather gods.

“To­mor­row it’s re­lax, and Mon­day hope­fully I’ll have great en­ergy when I come back,” added the Swiss, who awaits the win­ner of the en­counter be­tween Grigor Dim­itrov and Steve John­son.—AFP

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