Federer Ends Britain’s Hope with Men’s Lottery

London-If there was a perfect time to defeat Roger Federer early in Wimbledon, this year seems to have been that year. I believed in Cameron Norrie and his huge number of British fans.

Federer’s third round victory on Saturday was a stubborn 6-4 6-4 5-7 6-4.

The 29th seed is Federer’s ninth in the men’s record, after Norrie’s confrontation on the center court, ignoring the possibility that 338th British wildcard Emma Raducanu will reach the last 16 moments. Hope we can stop the pursuit of the All England Club title Swiss supremo.

The fact that Federer played very little for 18 months and remained in the tournament after a lucky escape from Adrian Manarino in the first round resigned when all the injured French finished the match in two sets. That is also the last Englishman to remain in the singles draw.

But Federer, with his surgically patched knees and 39-year-old combat-strengthened body, is ready to knock as much as he needs to survive his dream of lifting the pineapple-clad challenge again. I showed that it was done. cup.

“I was very relieved. It was a tough fight and I was very close. I am playing at a high level and the situation is going well,” said 2 at the 18th All England Club. After entering the week, radiant Federer told the audience.

Federer’s nervousness on the world’s most famous tennis stage was evident in the opening game of the match, where Norrie misfired a left-handed serve and continued to produce three double faults.

Norrie was left confused in Game 7 when Federer broke him in love while he survived that ominous start. That was enough to give the 6th seed the opening set.

The second set started again with a bit of misery for Briton, who hit the ball that bounced off the stand and hit the face of a little boy. After confirming that the child was okay, he threw an official Wimbledon towel at the boy.

Norrie’s own fate was further depressed when Federer defeated him with a 2-1 lead while the crowd praised the gesture.

The Swiss, who will turn 40 next month, seemed to be heading for a straight set victory when they held the advantage to take the set and held a break point on the third 5-5.

Instead, it was the Swiss who were crushed by love when a stubborn backhand from Federer kept Norrie alive and handed Norrie a set with a wild forehand in the next game.

Had Norrie been playing against another opponent, 99% of the crowd would have been greeted with deafening cheers at that moment. But playing the world’s most beloved tennis citizen, he had to do it by sharing praise on Saturday.

Norrie toes Federer by breaking back 4th 3-3 before the 20th Grand Slam champion survived the 9th game fall to break for a 5-4 lead. I kept it.

With the return of the net service, Federer won his 104th victory in his favorite tournament and his 69th record in the last 16 majors.

“It’s a nice statistic to hear. When I wake up the morning I wake up, it proves to me. I love every minute and hope I have a little more left,” Federer said.

“I’m happy to still be able to play. This is special because it’s my last slam before I was 40. At this point it’s all a bonus and I know how far I can go.”

By Pritha Sarkar

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