Roger Federer is not stopping with reaching new heights after he set a new record at Wimbledon on Monday. He qualified for the quarter-finals for the 18th time there, he also levelled Rafael Nadal’s Roland Garros dominance.
Nadal had won 105 games in French Ooen before his semi-final loss to Novak Djokovic, and Federer reached that same number of wins to book his place in the final eight at Wimbledon by beating Lorenzo Sonego.
The Swiss came out on top with a 7-5, 6-4, 6-2 win to become the oldest quarter-finalist at Wimbledon in the open era. At 39 years and 337 days old, he beat Australian Ken Rosewall’s record of 39 years and 224 days.
It was a relatively straightforward afternoon’s work for Federer, though rain did briefly interfere and bring play to a 20-minute standstill while the roof was being closed.
Federer will now have the physical edge in the quarter-finals, with Daniil Medvedev and Hubert Hurkacz having to play for the right to face him on Tuesday after the weather delayed their game by a day.