Brilliant Roger Federer needs just 74 minutes to book spot in Wimbledon quarters

Michael Graham
Roger Federer Wimbledon

Roger Federer made a powerful statement of intent as he needed just 74 minutes to put himself in yet another Wimbledon quarter-final.

Federer dropped just five games across the entire three sets against Matteo Berrettini as he won 6-1, 6-2, 6-2 on a day that rivals Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal also scored dominant victories.

It puts Federer on 99 wins at SW19, but he is looking forward to the rest of the tournament rather than backwards at his history, and he believes quick matches will only help his ambitions.

“I think you can always lose a Grand Slam in that first week but you can’t win it,” Federer said.

“If you can get through with more energy in the tank for the big matches that’s always a benefit.

“But I always train with the mentality of playing seven five-setters.”

On the match itself, Federer couldn’t be happier with his performance, and with perfectly good reason.

“I am very happy,” he added. “I have really gotten into a great groove now.

“I think today I was able to read his serve a little bit and get returns back in play.

“It was a great match and has been a great tournament so far.”

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