• Federer romps into Wimbledon fourth round

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    LONDON: Roger Federer racked up his 150th tour-level win on grass as the world No.3 crushed Britain’s Daniel Evans

    6-4, 6-2, 6-2 in the Wimbledon third round on Friday (Saturday in Manila).

    Third seed Federer, bidding for a record eighth Wimbledon title, will face Bulgaria’s Grigor Dimitrov or Steve Johnson of the United States for a place in the quarterfinals.

    The 17-time Grand Slam champion has yet to drop a set in this year’s tournament and he is comfortably through to the second week while his principle rival Novak Djokovic trails by two sets in his rain-delayed third round against Sam Querrey.

    Federer, beaten in the last two Wimbledon finals by Djokovic, has been aided by a generous draw that pitted him against two lowly Brits in world number 772 Marcus Willis and then world number 91 Evans.

    “I was extremely pleased with how I played. I didn’t make the draw but it’s been fun playing against Marcus and now Dan,” said Federer, whose grass-court record stands at 150-22.

    “It’s always a pleasure playing against the local guys in this tournament especially.
    “Andy [Murray] is far away in the draw so I won’t play him for a while yet.”

    Federer, looking for an 11th Wimbledon final appearance, now has 305 Grand Slam singles match victories, which moves him within touching distance of Martina Navratilova’s record of 306.

    AFP

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