Old guy Federer thanks the luck of the draw

Fri Jul 1, 2016 7:22pm EDT
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By Pritha Sarkar

LONDON (Reuters) - For a seven-times champion who is a month shy of his 35th birthday, and is known to have a dodgy back, fate could not have dealt Roger Federer a better hand this week as he became the first, and so far only, man to reach the Wimbledon fourth round.

With the rest of his rivals stranded in the second or third round following a week of weather mayhem, elegant executioner Federer ensured that he had the weekend off after dropping Dan Evans through the Wimbledon trap door on Friday.

"I might take a day off tomorrow just because I can," Federer said with a grin following his bloodless 6-4 6-2 6-2 victory. 

"I'm sorry ... I have to take them when I can. I'm an old guy."

Forty eight hours after slaying world number 772 Marcus Willis, Federer claimed a second successive British scalp as he advanced to the second week of the grasscourt major for the 14th time.

Evans, the once bad boy of British tennis, was on a roll this week as he had never before won a match at the All England Club, let alone two in a row.

But if Evans, the son on an electrician, harboured hopes of going deeper into the tournament, it was not long before the 17-times major champion pulled the plug on his dreams on a floodlit Centre Court.

The Swiss third seed chalked up his 150th grasscourt win with an unreturnable serve.   Continued...

Britain Tennis - Wimbledon - All England Lawn Tennis & Croquet Club, Wimbledon, England - 1/7/16 Switzerland's Roger Federer signs his autograph for fans after winning his match against Great Britain's Daniel Evans REUTERS/Paul Childs