Serene Federer in seventh heaven at Wimbledon
By Pritha Sarkar
LONDON (Reuters) - It was a case of 7-7-7 for Roger Federer at Wimbledon on Monday as he fired down seven aces, won seven games on the trot and sat through a seven-minute injury timeout in an otherwise serene 6-2 6-2 6-3 win over Roberto Bautista Agut.
The Spaniard became the latest man to fall under Federer's serving spell as the suave Swiss flung out winners here, there and everywhere to glide into his 45th grand slam quarter-final.
Such was his mastery that four days after producing an audacious "hot-dog" lob winner over Sam Querrey, he was at it again. Only this time Federer's attempt at an outrageous 'behind-the-back-volley' did not quite go to plan.
With the ball hurling towards the left side of his torso, Federer wrapped his right racket arm around his back to make contact. The only problem was he misfired the ball high into the stands -- but the effort still earned wild cheers from the Centre Court crowd.
His performance left John McEnroe purring "Federer is the most beautiful guy I have ever watched play the game" while the second seed's own analysis was: "I got off to a good start and kept rolling".
Roll he did as breaking the Federer serve at this year's championships is turning into mission impossible as Bautista Agut became the fourth man to try and fail.
The Swiss has now held strong for eight straight matches, stretching over 106 successive service games -- with Germany's Philipp Kohlschreiber the last man to get a look in during last month's first round match at the Halle Open.
So what was the secret of his success? Continued...