Roger Federer produced a polished performance to roll over veteran Frenchman Richard Gasquet and reach the third round of Wimbledon and at 39 become the oldest man to get to that stage in 46 years.
Federer zoomed into the third round on Thursday beating Gasquet 7-6 (7/1), 6-1, 6-4.
The 39-year-old eight-time champion had looked rusty and edgy at times in his first round clash with Gasquet’s compatriot Adrian Mannarino.
However, the cobwebs that come with so few competitive matches in almost two years due to two knee operations appeared to have disappeared as the Swiss posted an impressive run .
Landmarks and Federer go hand in hand and on Thursday he became the oldest man in 46 years to reach the Wimbledon third round — Ken Rosewall was 40 when he made the third round at the All England Club in 1975.
He next plays Britain’s fast-improving Cameron Norrie for a place in the last 16.
“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!” said Federer.
Norrie is third on the ATP list for most wins this year and notched up number 31 as he swept aside Australian wildcard Alex Bolt 6-3, 6-1, 6-2.