Following an impressive week of tennis at the All England Club, Roger Federer stands tall as s the second seed en route to the second week of the Wimbledon Championships. With his opening three matches firmly behind him, Federer will next contest a fourth round encounter against Roberto Bautista Agut, whom he has previously crossed paths with twice on the professional tour. Federer leads the head-to-head series 2-0.
The world No. 2 and second seed at the Championships dropped his first set of the tournament on Saturday afternoon at SW 19, as he needed a total of four sets to work his way past Australia’s Sam Groth. The seven-time champion at this event beat Groth 6-4, 6-4, 6-7(5), 6-2 on Centre Court in two hours and 16 minutes. The Swiss star had to withstand 21 aces from the youngster but only lost seven first service points, which emphasized his on-serve dominance during the encounter.
“The only thing I really have to change is my returning. The rest, the service games, I can control them myself. Once the return is played, then it’s about reaction, especially when he’s serve‑volleying… I think that’s the biggest effort for me anyway, when I play a big server, [is] understanding those patterns.”
Federer will next encounter Roberto Bautista Agut, who beat qualifier Nikoloz Basilashvili in straight sets to reach the fourth round. The No. 20 seed won the match 7-6(4), 6-0, 6-1 in one hour and 35 minutes. Although the first set was close, the Spaniard stormed through the remainder of the match.
This will mark just the third time that these two competitors will meet on the professional tour, with Federer leading the series 2-0 following relatively smooth victories at last year’s United States Open and Shanghai Masters. Although this is set to be their first ever meeting on grass, it should still be Federer’s domain comfortably.
Prediction: Roger Federer in Three Sets