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Tuesday 17 October 2017

Federer fires way past Robredo

Switzerland's Roger Federer celebrates beating Spain's Tommy Robredo during day nine of the Wimbledon Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, Wimbledon. See PA story TENNIS Wimbledon. Picture: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire.
Switzerland's Roger Federer celebrates beating Spain's Tommy Robredo during day nine of the Wimbledon Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, Wimbledon. See PA story TENNIS Wimbledon. Picture: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire.

ROGER FEDERER vanquished Tommy Robredo with a masterful straight-sets victory in Wimbledon's fourth round to exorcise memories of last summer's painful US Open defeat to the Spaniard.

The seven-time Wimbledon champion (pictured) swept past Robredo 6-1 6-4 6-4 to reach his 12th All England Club quarter-final.

Back trouble bedevilled 17-time grand slam winner Federer in the second half of last year, leading to his second-round Wimbledon exit and a straight-sets, fourth-round loss to Robredo at Flushing Meadows.

He left Robredo with no chance of adding to his solitary victory over the Swiss grass specialist, however, blasting home in imperious fashion.

Federer is yet to drop a set in his latest bid to add an open-era record eighth Wimbledon crown to his crowded trophy cabinet. The fourth seed underlined his resurgence with a clinical triumph over world number 22 Robredo, the 32-year-old Spaniard unable to cope with Federer's pace.

Federer raced through the first set in just 21 minutes, perhaps mindful of Switzerland's late-afternoon World Cup second-round clash with Argentina.

The second major exchange lasted just 11 minutes longer, with Federer once maintaining his dominance.

Robredo stiffened his resolve for one final assault at reverting the inevitable in the third set, but Federer claimed the crucial break in the seventh game.

Federer fended off a surprise break point when serving for the match, only to ease past that setback with typical assurance to convert his third match point.

Federer revealed his delight at securing his 12th Wimbledon quarter-final, but admitted the pressure will ramp up.

"I was very happy: I was able to start off strong and kept the momentum all the way to the end," he said.

"Tommy played better as the match went on so I'm really happy to come through in straight sets. I'm very pleased with the first week and getting to the quarters is very exciting.

"It feels great to be closer to the finish line than the start. All the things that need to be happening to go deep in this tournament are happening.

"The important thing is what's happening on the court, not what the press or anyone else is saying. It's about really being focused out there, I'm able to do that, and I'm healthy. It's only the quarter-finals, though, and that's where the tournament really starts ultimately."

Canada's Milos Raonic exploited his serve advantage to see off Kei Nishikori in four sets and book his second successive grand slam quarter-final appearance. The 23-year-old eighth seed blasted 35 aces en route to a 4-6 6-1 7-6 (7/4) 6-3 victory over his Japanese opponent.

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