Federer neutralises Zverev on Centre Court

Roger Federer remains on course for a record eighth Wimbledon crown and an 18th Grand Slam title after dispatching Mischa Zverev in straight sets on Saturday.

The Swiss legend won 7-6 (7-3), 6-4, 6-4 on Centre Court to set up a fourth-round clash with 13th seed Grigor Dimitrov.

Zverev – the older brother of Alexander Zverev – employed a dedicated serve-and-volley approach, a relative rarity in the modern game. 

Federer mostly stayed on the baseline and did his best to find a way past his opponent at the net, which he did with increasing regularity as the match progressed.

Zverev was at his most competitive during the first set, recovering from an early lost break to get back on level terms and force a tie-break. The German's deft volleys at the net were often proving very effective.

Federer was find the going quite tricky, but his class shone through in the tie-break and he clinched set point after Zverev closed in on the net and fired a volley over the baseline.

The second and third sets were more or less a procession for the classy Swiss. Federer got the break early in the second set and never really looked back.

With Zverev's error rate creeping up, it grew easier for Federer to dictate the course of the match.

After wrapping up the second set, Federer soon found himself a break up in the third after a disappointing double-fault from his opponent, and it didn’t take long for match point to follow.

"I thought it was a good match, it was fun against a serve and volley player, where you will see some lobs and passing shots," Federer said after the match. "It was nice to see that and the crowd was unbelievable. He's a great guy, we fed off each other and played a great match.

"It's important to get through the first week with a good feeling and I think I got that.

In other third-round results on Saturday, sixth seed Milos Raonic continued to enjoy solid progress into the business end of the competition with a 7-6 (7-3), 6-4, 7-5 victory over Albert Ramos Vinolas.

A tie-breaker win in the first set and solitary breaks of serve in the second and third sets were enough to see the Canadian through.

Dimitrov, the 13th seed, breezed into the fourth round after his opponent Dudi Sela retired hurt from their match.

The Bulgarian had already won the first two sets 6-1, 6-1 when his Israeli opponent called it a day.

Tomas Berdych was another to advance with a straight sets victory over David Ferrer, 6-3, 6-4, 6-3, while Adrian Mannarino needed five sets to edge fellow Frenchman Gael Monfils 7-6 (7-3), 4-6, 5-7, 6-3, 6-2.

Sam Querrey and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga resumed their epic five-setter from the day before, with Querrey pouncing quickly to win the fifth and bring the match to a hasty conclusion.

And there were no problems for eighth seed Dominic Thiem as he blew past Jared Donaldson 7-5, 6-4, 6-2.

All of Saturday's men's singles results

2-Novak Djokovic (Serbia) beat Ernests Gulbis (Latvia) 6-4 6-1 7-6(2)            
10-Alexander Zverev (Germany) beat Sebastian Ofner (Austria) 6-4 6-4 6-2         
11-Tomas Berdych (Czech Republic) beat David Ferrer (Spain) 6-3 6-4 6-3          
Adrian Mannarino (France) beat 15-Gael Monfils (France) 7-6(3) 4-6 5-7 6-3 6-2   
6-Milos Raonic (Canada) beat 25-Albert Ramos (Spain) 7-6(3) 6-4 7-5              
24-Sam Querrey (U.S.) beat 12-Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (France) 6-2 3-6 7-6(5) 1-6 7-5 
13-Grigor Dimitrov (Bulgaria) beat Dudi Sela (Israel) 6-1 6-1 (Sela retired)     
8-Dominic Thiem (Austria) beat Jared Donaldson (U.S.) 7-5 6-4 6-2
3-Roger Federer (Switzerland) beat Mischa Zverev (Germany) 7-6(3) 6-4 6-4

The men's last 16

Andy Murray v Benoit Paire
Sam Querrey v Kevin Anderson
Rafael Nadal v Giles Muller
Roberto Bautista Agut v Marin Cilic
Milos Raonic v Alexander Zverev
Grigor Dimitrov v Roger Federer
Dominic Thiem v Tomas Berdych
Adrian Mannarino v Novak Djokovic

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