SWISS ace Roger Federer has dashed any hope of anyone stopping his march towards a fourth consecutive Wimbledon title.
Rather unsportingly, he’s refused an invitation to actually play his remaining matches in the cream jacket he wears to walk on to court.
“Maybe I can still try that out some other time. But it’s not the time for jokes now,” insisted the defending champion, who must be a fashion god in downtown Basel.
That was bad news for Mario Ancic, who played well, but was simply swept aside by the Fed Express and his usual array of astonishing tennis shots. “I think he played unbelievable today – he was faultless,” was Super Mario’s verdict.
Well, not quite. But almost. Long before the end, the Croatian was looking around in disbelief as winners on any other day came back with interest over the net.
The only thing to slow Federer was the rain and two fathers’ rights campaigners – one from Manchester – who did their cause no good whatsoever by invading Centre Court and attempting to stage their own tennis match.
Having already endured one rain delay, the crowd did not appreciate another interruption. The All England Club described the two men as “selfish idiots”.
Following on from the Sharapova streaker, there’s yet another review of security. But the hope is that court invasions will prove to be a two-day wonder.
Federer is anything but that. At times he was unplayable. Ancic did mange to break his serve, but still found himself 1-3 down in the third and final set. “It was an incredible performance,” said the usually modest Federer. “I guess if I keep this sort of performance, I don’t see myself losing.”
Roger does, however, know his limitations, taking exception to a suggestion that he could beat half of the players here blindfolded. “We’re not that far yet,” he joked. At least I think he was joking.