Federer was pleased to be playing in front of a “passionate” crowd at Wimbledon.

Roger Federer, the Swiss tennis maestro, expressed gratitude to the fans on Friday, speaking about the joy of playing in front of them after sporting events around the world were forced to be held behind closed doors last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Federer had withdrawn from a number of tournaments over the last year due to injury concerns, and when he did play, it was behind closed doors due to travel restrictions or COVID-19 protocols.

The tennis star is now ecstatic to play in front of a live audience at the ongoing Wimbledon Championships. “After 18 months of rehab and performing behind closed doors, performing in front of a raucous crowd on Centre Court makes it all worthwhile. Many thanks “Federer sent out a tweet.

Federer cruised past Richard Gasquet on Thursday to reach the third round of Wimbledon. Federer, 39, became the oldest man to reach the last 32 since Ken Rosewall in 1975 with his 7-6(1), 6-1, 6-4 victory over the Frenchman.

Both players had a nervous start, and it wasn’t until the tie-break that Federer, who had 18 winners in the first set, found his rhythm. Gasquet, who had played well, ended the 49-minute set with his second double fault.

The second set was far too easy for Federer, as the eight-time Wimbledon champion raced to a 5-0 lead and later clinched the set with a sixth ace.

Federer maintained his threat to Gasquet’s serve throughout the third set, finally breaking through when the Frenchman mistimed a backhand drop shot at 3-3. At 3-5, 30/40, Gasquet saved a match point with a fine forehand approach and easy put-away. Federer then struck his 50th winner – an ace – minutes later to complete his victory in one hour and 51 minutes.

source: ANI

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