Eight-time champion Roger Federer needed all of his talent and tenacity to put an end to British number two Cameron Norrie’s hopes of pulling off a major upset in the third round of Wimbledon.
Roger Federer, 39, has had little court time in the last 16 months but performed admirably to win 6-4 6-4 5-7 6-4.
Norrie, one of the form players in 2021, was unable to maintain his high level against the 20-time major champion. In the last 16, the Swiss will face Italy’s Lorenzo Sonego.
Sonego, seeded 23rd, had never won a main-draw match at Wimbledon until this year, when he defeated unseeded Australian James Duckworth in straight sets to advance to the fourth round.
Following the exits of Andy Murray and Dan Evans on Friday, Norrie’s defeat means that no British players will compete in the second week of the men’s singles.
Emma Raducanu, an 18-year-old wildcard from Romania, is the country’s last remaining hope in the singles, having defeated Romania’s Sorana Cirstea.
While Federer’s legacy of greatness has been built at the All England Club, many speculated that this year might be the year that time catches up with him.
Following two knee surgeries, the Swiss turns 40 next month and has only played five tournaments in the last 16 months.