Roger Federer can move one step closer to a long awaited Wimbledon clash with Rafael Nadal in the Wimbledon semi finals. However, there are still some tricky opponents before he can start thinking about that – beginning with Lucas Pouille. The fourth round could be tough with the in-form Matteo Berretini a potential opponent for the winner.
Pouille’s performances at Wimbledon have generally not amounted to much but he does have a 2016 quarter final that sticks out on his record. The Frenchman has seen off two of his countrymen to get to this stage, beating Richard Gasquet and Gregoire Barrere. Both of those wins came in straight sets as Pouille looks to further establish himself as the top Frenchman with the old guard winding down.
Federer eased past home favourite Jay Clarke as expected, beating the Brit 6-1 7-6 6-2. He was utterly dominant on serve throughout and dropped just 4 points on his first serve while hitting 10 aces. “It was a good start to the match, which is always nice, especially after the last game, trying to do a better job there,” Federer said. “I was trying to be more aggressive than in my previous match. I was able to do that. Also the reaction was good again in the third. Obviously was a bit tight in the second, but I was able to hold my nerve and serve well when I had to.”
Federer should be tested a bit more in this match than his last but it seems a tough ask for Pouille to be able to go toe to toe with the second seed for 5 sets, especially in this serving form. He won their only meeting back in 2014 at the Paris Masters but Pouille is much improved since then. He already boasts an Australian Open semi final but earning a second seems a long shot.
Prediction – Roger Federer in straight sets