Roger Federer creates more Wimbledon history after seeing off Gasquet

Jonathan Davies in Wimbledon 01 Jul 2021
Federer is the oldest male to reach the third round at Wimbledon since the 1970s (Dubreuil Corinne/ABACA/ABACA/PA Images)

Roger Federer became the oldest player to reach the third round at Wimbledon since the 1970s following a straight-sets win over Richard Gasquet on Thursday.

Just one month shy of his 40th birthday, the eight-time champion maintained his dominant record against the Frenchman at the All England Club.

Federer hit 10 aces and 50 winners as he registered his 18th successive win over Gasquet, prevailing 7-6, 6-1, 6-4.

This was the third meeting between the players at SW19, with the Swiss advancing in straight sets on the way to lifting the trophy on each of the previous two occasions in 2006 and 2007.

Although, that unblemished record appeared under threat as a tight opener went to a tie-break.

However, Federer blitzed through 7-1 to draw first blood and it was one-way traffic as he raced away with the second set 6-1.

And the eighth seed crucially broke in game seven of the next on the way to wrapping up victory.

Federer sets up a third-round showdown with Cameron Norrie, who was also a straight-sets winner against Alex Bolt.

It is the 29th seed’s maiden voyage beyond round two following a commanding 6-3, 6-1, 6-2 success on No.1 Court.

Norrie’s victory also sees him join Andy Murray and Dan Evans, meaning there will be three British players at that stage of the men’s singles at Wimbledon for the first time since 1999.

Daniil Medvedev and Alexander Zverev advanced in straight sets against 18-year-old Carlos Alcaraz and Tennys Sandgren respectively, while Matteo Berrettini hit 20 aces and 39 winners on the way to the same margin of victory over Botic Van De Zandschulp.

Elsewhere despite 33 unforced errors and nine double-faults, world number one Ashleigh Barty overcame Anna Blinkova 6-4, 6-3; the same scoreline that saw 17-year-old Coco Gauff past Elena Vesnina.

Former champion Angelique Kerber scraped past Sara Sorribes Tormo 7-5, 5-7, 6-4 in a cliff-hanger of a contest, while French Open winner Barbora Krejcikova recorded her 13th successive victory after beating Andrea Petkovic in straight sets.

However, third seed Elina Svitolina’s charge ended courtesy of a 3-6, 4-6 defeat by Magda Linette and former world number one Victoria Azarenka was ousted in three sets by Sorana Cirstea.

Following her first-ever win over the Belarusian, the Romanian set up a show-down with 18-year-old home favourite Emma Raducanu, who beat former Roland Garros finalist Marketa Vondrousova 6-2, 6-4.

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Wimbledon 2021 Day Four Results

Thursday July 1

Second Round

CENTRE COURT
Asheligh Barty (Aus) 6-4, 6-3 Anna Blinkova (Rus)
Elina Vesnina (Rus) 4-6, 3-6 Coco Gauff (USA)
Roger Federer (Sui) 7-6, 6-1, 6-4 Richard Gasquet (Fra)

COURT 1
Alex Bolt (Aus) 3-6, 1-6, 2-6 Cameron Norrie (Gbr)
Carlos Alcaraz (Esp) 4-6, 1-6, 2-6 Daniil Medvedev (Rus)
Victoria Azarenka (Blr) 6-7, 6-3, 4-6 Sorana Cirstea (Rou)

COURT 2
Tennys Sandgren (USA) 5-7, 2-6, 3-6 Alexander Zverev (Ger)
Elina Svitolina (Ukr) 3-6, 4-6 Magda Linette (Pol)
Angelique Kerber (Ger) 7-5, 5-7, 6-4 Sara Sorribes Tormo
Felix Auger-Aliassime (Can) 6-4, 7-6, 4-6, 6-1 Mikael Ymer (Swe)

COURT 3
Andrea Petkovic (Ger) 5-7, 4-6 Barbora Krejcikova (Cze)
Matteo Berrettini (Ita) 6-3, 6-4, 7-6 Botic Van de Zandschulp (Ned)
Daria Kasatkina (Rus) 1-6, 6-3, 6-8 Jelena Ostapenko (Lat)
Gianluca Mager (Ita) 6-7, 4-6, 4-6 Nick Kyrgios (Aus)

COURT 12
Kristyna Pliskova (Cze) 3-6, 3-6 Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (Rus)
James Duckworth (Aus) 7-5, 6-7, 6-3, 6-2 Sam Querrey (USA)
Alexander Bublik (Kaz) 6-4, 7-6, 7-6 Grigor Dimitrov (Bul)

COURT 18
Karolina Muchova (Cze) 6-3, 5-7, 6-3 Camila Giorgi (Ita)
Kei Nishikori (Jpn) 5-7, 4-6, 7-5, 3-6 Jordan Thompson (Aus)
Marin Cilic (Cro) 6-4, 3-6, 6-3, 7-6  Benjamin Bonzi (Fra)
Emma Raducanu (Gbr) 6-2, 6-4 Marketa Vondrousova (Cze)

COURT 4
Marta Kostyuk (Ukr) 6-1, 4-6, 3-6 Anastasija Sevastova (Lat)

COURT 5
Maria Sakkari (Gre) 5-7, 4-6 Shelby Rogers (USA)

COURT 14
Aljaz Bedene (Slo) 6-1, 6-0, 6-2 Yoshihito Nishioka (Jpn)
Pedro Martinez Portero (Spa) 6-3, 6-4, 4-6, 7-6 Gael Monfils (Fra)
Ajla Tomljanovic (Aus) 6-4, 0-6, 6-3 Alize Cornet (Fra)

COURT 15
Miomir Kecmanovic (Srb) 3-6, 3-6, 7-6, 6-3, 3-6 Roberto Bautista Agut (Esp)
Jeremy Chardy (Fra) 6-4, 3-6, 2-6, 4-6 Ilya Ivashka (Bel)
Hubert Hurkacz (Pol) 6-3, 6-2, 6-4 Marcos Giron (USA)

COURT 16
Christian Garin (Chi) 7-6, 6-2, 2-6, 7-6 Marc Polmans (Aus)
Lorenzo Sonego (Ita) 4-6, 6-3, 7-6, 6-1 Daniel Elahi Galan (Col)
Kaja Juvan (Slo) 6-3, 6-4 Clara Burel (Fra)

COURT 17
Yulia Putintseva (Kaz) 4-6, 1-6 Paula Badosa (Spa)
Coco Vandeweghe (USA) 6-4, 2-6, 2-6 Katerina Siniakova (Cze)
Taylor Fritz (USA) 6-4, 7-6, 4-6, 6-7, 6-4 Steve Johnson (USA)
Nao Hibino (Jpn) 4-6, 6-7 Aliaksandra Sasnovich (Blr)