Swiss tennis maestro Roger Federer advanced into the quarter-finals of Wimbledon 2018 with an impressive 6-0, 7-5, 6-4 win over France’s Adrian Mannarino. Federer, who is in pursuit of his ninth title at Wimbledon, hit some exquisite shots to outclass Mannarino to enter the quarter finals at Wimbledon for the 16th time.
Although Roger Federer is arguably hailed as the best tennis player of all time, it was a neat piece of forward defence that caught the attention of fans and even the International Cricket Council in his 4th round match at Wimbledon.
After breezing through the first two sets, Federer looked all set for another straight sets win on centre court.
At the start of the third set, Federer drove a long forehand from Mannarino, off the court with a technique that Sachin Tendulkar would have been proud of. Federer displayed his cricketing skills as he played a forward defensive shot which was applauded by the crowd.
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— Wimbledon (@Wimbledon) July 9, 2018
The fun didn’t stop there as the official Twitter account of Wimbledon went on to ask the International Cricket Council (ICC) to rate Federer’s forward defence. The ICC gave a witty reply to the tweet by rating Roger Federer as the highest ranked batsman in Tests. They also posted a meme of the cricketing legend, Sachin Tendulkar and Federer in Spiderman suits pointing at each other with the caption: “When greatness recognizes greatness.”
*sigh* ok… 👇 pic.twitter.com/KXnhaznxL8
— ICC (@ICC) July 9, 2018
Federer will now face the tall South African, Kevin Anderson in the quarter-finals on Wednesday. His opponent clinched a hard fought victory against Gael Monfils in the fourth round.
Anderson, who is the US Open runner-up, would be looking to get his first win against the Swiss maestro having lost all the previous four encounters, which surely is a massive challenge considering Federer’s sublime form.
Roger Federer, who has now won 32 consecutive sets at Wimbledon, is looking strong to go ahead and clinch his 21st career grand slam.