Roger Federer experienced a wobble late in the third set against Cameron Norrie on Saturday, but the Swiss superstar was ultimately able continue his quest for a record-extending ninth crown at The Championships, Wimbledon.
The sixth-seeded Swiss recorded the 1,250th match win of his illustrious career by overcoming British 29th seed Norrie 6-4, 6-4, 5-7, 6-4 in two hours and 35 minutes on Centre Court.
“I’m super relieved as it was a tough battle,” said Federer, in an on-court interview. “I was so close to serving it out in the third set and I thought he played excellent today. I think I kept a high-level of play, but he did well to break me at the end of the third set. Overall, I can be very happy with the way I played.”
ederer, whose only loss to a British player at Wimbledon came against Tim Henman in the 2001 quarter-finals, came into the grass-court major searching for form, but he has now reached the Wimbledon fourth round on 18 occasions in 22 visits. Federer hit 48 winners, including seven aces to beat Norrie, the recent cinch Championships finalist (l. to Berrettini).
The former World No. 1, who is now 104-13 at The Championships, will next challenge Italian 23rd seed Lorenzo Sonego in his quest for a record-breaking 21st Grand Slam singles title. Federer, who is currently tied with Spain’s Rafael Nadal on 20 major crowns, beat Sonego in straight sets in their only meeting at 2019 Roland Garros.