Roger Federer returns to Grand Slam action at Wimbledon – here are full details of his next match. Eight-time champion…
Roger Federer returns to Grand Slam action at Wimbledon – here are full details of his next match.
Eight-time champion Federer has been placed in the bottom half of the draw, opposite to that of rival and defending champion Novak Djokovic.
The Swiss superstar boasts a record of 103-13 at the All England Club since making his debut back in 1999.
The 39-year-old continues to recover from a lengthy injury lay-off, having exceeded his own expectations at the French Open by reaching the Fourth Round before withdrawing as a precaution.
Federer is the sixth seed at Wimbledon and is chasing down a record 21st Grand Slam title, a feat which would break his tie with Rafael Nadal and top the list for all-time most major singles trophies.
Federer has reached at least the Quarter-Final stage at Wimbledon in all but one of his consecutive appearances since 2003, with a shock Second Round exit coming in 2013.
Looking ahead to Wimbledon, Federer said: “I think I’ve got to take the positives out of these last few weeks, that I’m actually here at Wimbledon right now and I have a chance.
“I know if I get rolling, I get into the second week – which is the goal here right now, that I get stronger and stronger as every match goes by – I believe it’s very much possible.
“I come here feeling mentally strong rather than the last set I played in Halle, which was clearly not the standard I like.”
Federer began his latest Wimbledon campaign with a walkover against Adrian Mannarino, with the world number 42 retiring through injury with the score level at two sets apiece.
He then swept aside two-time semi-finalist Richard Gasquet in straight sets (7-6, 6-1, 6-4) before fending off a tough examination from home favourite Cameron Norrie to prevail 6-4, 6-4, 5-7, 6-4.
Federer safely saw off Italy’s Lorenzo Sonego in the Last 16 with another commanding straight sets (7-5, 6-4, 6-2) success to continue his glory trail.
He will now take on 14th seed Hubert Hurkacz, with the match scheduled to commence from around 3.30pm BST on Wednesday July 7.
Hurkacz defeated second seed Daniil Medvedev in a fifth set decider in the last round and the 24-year-old Pole finds himself in the Quarter-Finals of a Grand Slam for the first time.
Either seventh seed Matteo Berrettini or 16th seed Félix Auger-Aliassime will await the winner in the Semi-Finals later in the week.