Federer holds all the aces as he downs Muller

Thu Jun 26, 2014 6:03pm EDT
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By Pritha Sarkar

LONDON (Reuters) - If Roger Federer believes in omens, he is guaranteed to walk off with an eighth Wimbledon trophy on July 6.

Never mind that the Swiss only reached round three on Thursday - or that possible duels with Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic or Andy Murray await - but the fact he beat Luxembourg's Gilles Muller was enough to convince some that the Wimbledon Gods were once again smiling on him.

Why the conviction? Because every time Federer has met Muller in a tournament, he has gone on to claim the title.

"Oh, really? Are you sure?" exclaimed Federer on hearing the news from reporters. "I'm speechless ... I'm happy to hear that."

That aside, what Federer was more pleased about was sparing his parents another dose of nail-biting drama - a year after suffering a shock second-round defeat.

Royal Box guests Lynette and Robbie Federer patiently sat through Nadal's nerve-shredding win over Czech Lukas Rosol before applauding Briton Heather Watson as she produced a gutsy display before going down in three sets to Germany's Angelique Kerber.

Almost five and a half hours after taking their seats did they finally get a glimpse of their son who is lauded the world over.

Federer then provided another reminder of how he amassed a record 17 grand slam titles.   Continued...

Roger Federer of Switzerland waves after winning his men's singles tennis match against Gilles Muller of Luxembourg on Centre Court at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London June 26, 2014.     REUTERS/Max Rossi