World No. 8 Roger Federer showed his class after beating Richard Gasquet in straight sets as he spoke extremely highly of the Frenchman. Federer, a former world No. 1, handed a 7-6 (1) 6-1 6-4 loss to Gasquet to reach the Wimbledon third round.
“I know Richard really well," said Federer. "We’ve played so many times against each other. It’s always a pleasure playing against him. He’s got the most wonderful backhand… It was a wonderful match for me.
I was really happy with my performance today. A tough first set and a great second set. I was just a little bit better in the third. I’m very, very happy, of course. “It’s not the most important to feel your absolute best in the first and second rounds.
What you don’t want to do is go out. Because then you’ve got to really look at everything and question yourself. I’m not there. I’m in the third round, I’m really happy with my level right now. Today was special, so I’m very happy with that”.
Federer plays Cameron Norrie next
Federer will have to beat local player Norrie if he wants to reach the second week at Wimbledon. "I hope the crowd’s going to get into it, regardless of who they cheer for,” said Federer.
“I understand if it’s for him, but if it’s for me, it’s because of the past 20 years of big matches I’ve played here. Cam’s a good guy, too. He’s had a wonderful year. Played great at Queen’s and he’s backing it up here.
I know it’s going to be a tough match and I’m happy for him it’s going well. But enough now, he needs to go out!” Meanwhile, Alexander Zverev beat Tennys Sandgren 7-5 6-2 6-3. "I feel pretty well.
Of course I know that the opponents are getting tougher. I know that I need to play better tennis," Zverev said. "But all in all, I'm happy where I am. I hope I can continue to build on my form." Zverev plays Taylor Fritz next.
"I'm very surprised that he's actually playing here and I'm very surprised how well he's playing. I have to give credit to him for coming back this quickly," Zverev said. "I think on a grass court he's extremely dangerous.
He has a very fast serve, has big weapons. We played a very difficult match here... I'm looking forward it, because I know it's not going to be easy."