Federer’s latest victim was Cameron Norrie, who followed Andy Murray and Dan Evans out in the third round after their respective defeats to Denis Shapovalov and Sebastian Korda.
It was a fairly routine affair for 20-time Grand Slam champion Federer, who is chasing a ninth Wimbledon win before his 40th birthday next month, as he sealed a 6-4 6-4 5-7 6-4 win in two hours and 35 minutes.
Federer had looked rusty in the first two rounds and only avoided a full five-setter in his opener because his opponent Adrian Mannarino was forced to retire at the start of the fifth.
But there were signs he was getting into the groove against Norrie, although the Brit did well to hang in there and force a fourth set against the Swiss great.
The tenacious Norrie – who boasts the third-highest total of match wins on the ATP Tour this season – also forced his way back from a break down in the fourth set, getting great support from the Centre Court crowd against one of its favourite stars.
But ultimately it was Federer, 39, who had the last laugh as he booked a meeting with Italy’s Lorenzo Sonego in the last-16.
‘Well, very, very [pleased]. Super relieved,’ said Federer. ‘It was a tough battle with Cam. I was so close to serve it out. A little extra round.
‘He deserved that third set. I thought he played excellent today. For me, I felt I was really able to keep a very high level of play.
‘He got the good break at the end of the third that cost me the set but overall I’m very happy with how I played.’
He added: ‘I think overall I’m playing at a high level right now. I got lucky in the first round. My English is getting better. Things are going very well for me.’
Wimbledon last-16 ties
Djokovic vs Garin Fucsovics vs Rublev Khachanov vs Korda Shapovalov vs Bautista Agut Berrettini vs Ivashka Auger-Aliassime vs Zverev Federer vs Sonego Hurkacz vs Medvedev/Cilic
Krejcikova vs Barty/Siniakova Raducanu vs Tomljanovic Badosa vs Muchova Gauff vs Kerber Pliskova vs Samsonova Keys vs Golubic Swiatek vs Jabeur Rybakina vs Sabalenka
Being told he’d been to the fourth round of a Grand Slam for the 69th time, Federer reflected: ‘No, it’s a nice stat to hear. It proves to me when I wake up in the morning, that has happened. I feel stiff. I played a lot of tennis.
‘I’ve loved every minute. I hope there’s a little bit more left in me. It’s a pleasure, an absolute pleasure still playing right now.
‘This one is special because I’m almost 40. This is the last Slam before I hit the big 40, let’s see how far I can go.’
After handling her debut on a Wimbledon show court so well, Raducanu is hoping to get the chance to play on Centre Court on Manic Monday.
‘It would mean a lot to me to play on Centre Court,’ she said. ‘I think that’s what everyone dreams of, Centre Court, especially being a Brit. I would be so grateful for that opportunity.
‘I mean, from my perspective, I would love to go out there and try to embrace the crowd like I did today. But every day is a new one. We’ll see what happens. I’m really, really up for it, whatever happens, though.’
Asked about how she had handled the emotions ‘I think yesterday I came out here and I sat courtside for about five minutes. They let me to get a feel for the court, which I think was very valuable because when I went out there today, I sort of knew what to expect a little bit.
‘And once again, I thought if I’m not going to enjoy Court 1 at Wimbledon, home crowd, like what are you going to enjoy? This is the cherry at the top of tennis.
‘I was just so excited. When I heard the crowd just roar for the first time, I was like, Wow, they’re so behind me. I was just feeding off of their energy. I’m just so excited I get to play in front of them again.’
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