The sun finally set at Wimbledon on Thursday and eight-time champion Roger Federer returned to his former glory at Center Court to wipe out Richard Gasquet and move on peacefully in the third round.
Federer was not vintage enough, but the 7,500 fans who were full of his favorite stadium did not care, as the Swiss gave them a lot in ooh and aah in a 7-6 (1) 6-1 6-4 victory.
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The 39-year-old Swiss took some time to find his schedule and had to save three break points in his first game.
But having been pushed into a bar, the 20-year-old Grand Slam champion pulled the switch and his game began to flow.
After taking the opener, the sixth seed moved smoothly through the gears and Gasquet could not live with him as he suffered an 11th consecutive defeat against Federer.
Next for the Swiss will be the British 29th seed, Cameron Norrie, who threw the Australian Alex Alex Bolt.
“It was a great game for me and I am very happy with my performance,” Federer said on the pitch.
It was a stark contrast to Tuesday night, when heavy rains meant Federer’s first-round clash with another Frenchman, Adrian Mannarino, under the roof of the Center Court and appeared to be moving away from Switzerland.
He finally passed after Mannarino suffered a knee injury after slipping on the greasy turf.