Roger Federer grew to become the oldest man in 46 years to succeed in the Wimbledon third spherical on Thursday with a straight units win over Richard Gasquet.
Federer, 39, defeated his French rival 7-6 (7/1), 6-1, 6-4 to make the final 32 for the 18th time.
Australia’s Ken Rosewall was 40 when he made the third spherical on the All England Club in 1975.
Federer, who has eight Wimbledon titles, beat Gasquet for the nineteenth time in 21 conferences and can tackle Cameron Norrie of Britain for a spot within the final 16.
“I know Richard really well, we’ve played so many times against each other. It’s always a pleasure playing against him,” mentioned Federer.
“It was a wonderful match, I’m happy with my performance. A tough first set, I was happy with the second set and I was better in the third, so I’m very, very happy.”
Federer admits the Centre Court crowd could have cut up loyalties when he faces 25-year-old Norrie for a spot within the final 16.
“I hope the crowd will get into it regardless of whether they are for him or me for the last 20 years,” mentioned Federer.
“Cam is a good guy and is having a wonderful year. He has done well here but it’s time for him to go out!”