Follow all the action from day four at Wimbledon with Ashleigh Barty and Roger Federer back in action.
Barty, the world No 1, had her resolve tested by Carla Suarez Navarro but passed with flying colours in a lopsided third set to secure her place in the second round. The Australian now faces Anna Blinkova, who was a finalist in the girl’s singles as a junior on Centre Court.
After that, Roger Federer will face old foe Richard Gasquet after a dramatic first-round match against Adrian Mannarino. The 20-time grand slam champion was taken to five sets in his opener and looked to be on the brink of an exit until a cruel slip forced the Frenchman to retire.
Elsewhere, Britons Cameron Norrie and Emma Raducanu return after their impressive victories yesterday, while teenager Coco Gauff attempts to emulate her spectacular breakthrough run on grass in 2019. Daniil Medvedev and Alexander Zverev, two faces of the men’s next generation, will try to further their claims while Angelique Kerber has a repeat of her 2016 triumph in her sights. Follow all the action below:
WIMBLEDON 2021: FEDERER WINS SECOND SET
Federer is taken to deuce on serve but quickly eradicates any hint of a comeback and takes a two set lead.
WIMBLEDON 2021: FEDERER 5-0 GASQUET
Federer breaks Gasquet’s serve again and is quickly turning this match into an exhibition. A lovely backhand winner is followed by an ace on serve and he holds to love.
WIMBLEDON 2021: FEDERER 3-0 GASQUET
Gasquet hits a sensational 102mph backhand winner but he can’t hold Federer off for long and eventually succumbs to the break. Federer has settled into a groove now, swinging his groundstrokes freely, and consolidates the break quickly.
WIMBLEDON 2021: FEDERER 1-0 GASQUET
Federer is taken to deuce on his opening service game in the second set but produces a magnificent forehand, looping over the net at a diagonal, that flicks the tramline to hold.
WIMBLEDON 2021: FEDERER WINS FIRST SET
A double fault hands Federer the first set. He hasn’t been at his best but, after a somewhat shaky start, is in control of this match.
FEDERER 6 (5) – 6 (1) GASQUET
Gasquet keeps a tremendous rally alive in the tiebreak with a series of cutting low slices but eventually a dipping forehand beats him in the corner. Federer is on the verge of clinching the first set.
WIMBLEDON 2021: FEDERER 6-6 GASQUET
Federer moves into the net and punches an exquisite volley past Gasquet to bring up two game points. The first brings up a horrible framed backhand that skews closer to the umpire’s chair. There’s no such trouble on the second, though, as he springs into the air and thunders a forehand at Gasquet. The Frenchman’s return sails long and we’re heading to a tiebreak.
WIMBLEDON 2021: FEDERER 5-6 GASQUET
A wonderful forehand cross-court passing shot takes it 30-30 on Gasquet’s serve but the Frenchman responds with a great touch of his own, catching Federer out with a precise drop shot. At deuce, Gasquet produces a brilliant backhand winner down the line and follows it up with a big serve to hold.
WIMBLEDON 2021: FEDERER 5-5 GASQUET
After a brilliant backhand winner by Gasquet, Federer produces a pinpoint ace to ward off any danger and holds comfortably.
WIMBLEDON 2021: FEDERER 4-5 GASQUET
Federer fails to capitalise on Gasquet’s serve with a pair of poor returns alleviating any pressure. The 39-year-old will now serve to stay in the first set.