After Cameron Norrie’s victory, Roger Federer is on the verge of breaking a 46-year Wimbledon record.
Roger Federer is still making history at the age of 39, and he has a chance to do so again this summer at Wimbledon.
At Wimbledon, Roger Federer survived an incredible comeback from British No. 2 Cameron Norrie to advance to the fourth round. Norrie had a breakout year in 2021, making his first ATP 500 final.
He was rewarded for making it to the third round of Wimbledon with a highly anticipated showdown versus Federer on Centre Court.
Federer has only played a few games of tennis this year while he recovers from double knee surgery.
However, against Richard Gasquet, he began to display outstanding form, winning in straight sets.
Norrie was the only remaining British male in the men’s singles draw, which set up an intriguing showdown.
Federer, on the other hand, showed his class early on, rushing to a one-set lead while Norrie struggled to keep up with the 20-time Grand Slam champion.
The 39-year-old also had to contend with the uncommon situation of not having the entire Centre Court crowd on his side.
Federer, on the other hand, didn’t seem to mind, as he swiftly built a two-set lead and took complete command of the contest.
In the fifth, Norrie put up a better fight and kept Federer at arm’s length until seizing the opportunity when Federer served to stay in the match.
Norrie had three break points in the set, but only needed one as Federer’s forehand sailed wide.
Federer, on the other hand, was not to be defeated in the fourth set, as he bided his time and waited for the opening late in the match.
The break point arrived fast, and Federer only needed one match point to advance to the following round.
In his remarkable career, the Swiss tennis legend has gathered a great number of records that will go down in history.
And if he advances to the quarter-finals, his win over Norrie might see him set yet another record next week.
Ken Rosewall, who reached the fourth round at Wimbledon in 1975, is the oldest player to accomplish so.
If Federer, who turns 40 next month, beats Lorenzo Sonego in the following round, he will set a new record.
And the Swiss tennis legend has never lost a fourth-round match at Wimbledon, according to statistics.
However, a win in the next round might set up a tense quarter-final versus Daniil Medvedev.