Magician Federer pulls out the party tricks

Thu Jul 2, 2015 3:27pm EDT
 
Email This Article |
Share This Article
  • Facebook
  • LinkedIn
  • Twitter
| Print This Article | Single Page
[-] Text [+]

By Toby Davis

LONDON (Reuters) - It was not the first time Wimbledon had dissolved into a chorus 'oohs' and 'aahs' at the brilliance of Roger Federer but the Swiss ringmaster almost outdid himself when he flashed his racquet between his legs to lob Sam Querrey on Thursday.

That individual moment of magic came midway through the second set of a 6-4 6-2 6-2 second-round victory and summed up an effortlessly brilliant demolition job from Federer, whose bid for an eighth Wimbledon title took an impressive step forwards.

To Querrey's credit he made a fight of the early stages, before mentally ceding the contest as Federer took control.

"You want to go over and give him a high five sometimes, but you can't do that," a bewildered Querrey told reporters.

While not given the greatest test, Federer took the chance to rehearse his repertoire of stunning groundstrokes, breaking for a 5-4 lead with a scorching backhand crosscourt pass.

Having clinched the first set, he stepped on the gas, immediately breaking again at the start of the second before bringing out the party piece while leading 4-2.

With Querrey a fraction under two meters tall, any sort of successful lob would have been impressive.

Federer, however, was on the run when Querrey's mis-hit putaway allowed him a split second to re-adjust and flick his racquet through his legs, and he arced the ball back over the American's head and sending him scrambling back to the baseline.   Continued...

 
Roger Federer of Switzerland hits a shot during his match against Sam Querrey of the U.S.A. at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London, July 2, 2015.          REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth