20-time grand slam champion Roger Federer delivered a masterclass against a valiant Cameron Norrie in the third round of Wimbledon 2021 on centre court as he beat the Brit in four sets 6-4,6-4,5-7,6-4. With this win, Federer reaches the second week at Wimbledon for the 17th time in his previous 18 outings.
Playing just his 10th match of the season, Federer seems to be getting better with each passing match. In today’s match, he moved better than the previous two matches this week and was setting up the rallies beautiful. The ‘Vintage’ Federer backhand too came in picture during the match. He started the first set on a bang, serving well and showing no signs of wear. Norrie too was matching him and was giving the local fans something to cheer about. But Federer got the decisive break first and took the opening set 6-4.
Norrie too was playing very good but would give away free points at crucial stages. He played a tight second set but all Federer needed was one decisive break of serve as the 8-time champion went up 2-0. But the Brit, with the crowd’s support was aiming to stage a comeback. He held serve perfectly and played amazing baseline tennis to draw level at 5-5. With a late break of serve, Norrie took the third set 7-5 which sent the crowd wild.
The fourth set was tightly fought too. Federer broke Norrie’s serve upfront and but the Brit broke back and drew level. Both the players managed to hold serve until the Swiss maestro showed his class to go up a break 5-4, to serve for the match. He eventually served out the match and his reaction at the end showed what the win means to him.