Roger Federer beat Sam Groth 6-4, 6-4, 6-7 (5), 6-2 to reach the fourth round at Wimbledon.
Federer faced one of the fastest servers on the ATP tour in Groth this evening. Groth began proceedings on center court with a love hold including a 142 mph ace.
Federer started reading Groth’s serve in the fifth game and found himself a break point opportunity, but the Australian saved it with a massive wide serve and his sixth ace. Federer applied more pressure and after a couple of deuces, Groth netted a backhand volley to trail by a break.
The No. 2 seed hit his second ace on set point for a love hold taking the first set.
Federer took an early break in the second set when Groth double faulted at 30-30, before the Swiss hit a superb forehand return to lead 1-0. Groth held to 15 in the ninth game, but it was too little as Federer struck three aces in the next game to lead by two sets to love.
The third set saw both players serving superbly and we went to a tie break. Federer double faulted at 2-3 before Groth’s brilliant volley helps him go ahead. Federer saved two set points at 3-6, but he missed a forehand down the line to give Groth the third set.
Federer got the early break in the second game of the third set with a forehand winner. and consolidated it with a comfortable hold. The World No. 2 got the second break in the eighth game when he hit a return to Groth’s feet at match point.
Federer will face Spaniard Roberto Bautista Agut in the fourth round on Monday. Agut beat Nikolaz Basilashvili 7-6 (4), 6-0, 6-1 in the third round earlier today.
"He's got a big serve and is a good mover coming forward, but I need to focus on my serving games and I dealt with that very well. I'm very happy with the way I played and I'm very pleased with the first week. Federer told BBC Sport.
Federer on Super Saturday: "It's special. I was trying to catch which athletes were here, and the servicemen who do so much good things"— Wimbledon (@Wimbledon) July 4, 2015
A 6-4, 6-4,6-7, 6-2 win over Sam Groth takes Swiss maestro Roger Federer into the 2nd week of #Wimbledon!— IPTL (@iptl) July 4, 2015
Published 04 Jul 2015, 19:26 IST
Federer drops TB to Groth but otherwise sails through in four sets. Next up Bautista Agut. This draw for Fed so far a dream. #Wimbledon— Erik Gudris (@ATNtennis) July 4, 2015