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Federer sets new record as he reaches the fourth round at Wimbledon

The 20-time will play in the second week at the All England Club for the 18th time in his career after he saw off Britain’s last hope in the male section Cameron Norrie

Roger Federer sealed his spot in the fourth round at Wimbledon after defeating Britain’s Cameron Norrie in four sets on centre court.

The Swiss maestro prevailed 6-4 6-4 5-7 6-4 to set up a fourth round clash with Italy’s youngster Lorenzo Sonego. The result means Federer is now the oldest man since Ken Rosewall to reach the fourth round at Wimbledon.

Wimbledon tennis - Roger Federer overcomes spirited challenge from  Britain's Cameron Norrie to win through - Eurosport

Having survived a scare in his first round match against Adrian Mannarino, Federer breezed through Richard Gasquet in the second round.

It looked like it was also going to be a straight forward victory against Norrie as he took a two-sets lead. However, a poor service in the 12th game of the third set allowed the in-form Briton to take it to the fourth set.

It was Federer that struck first in the fourth set, breaking Norrie’s serve to take a 3-2 lead. However, 23-year-old earned the break back straight away.

Roger Federer holds off Cameron Norrie fightback to move on at Wimbledon |  Wimbledon | The Guardian

But Federer would not be denied as he broke Norrie’s serve in the ninth game before holding serve to win the match.

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