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Federer Races Into Fourth Round

Wimbledon, Great Britain

Federer© AFP/Getty ImagesRoger Federer is bidding to win his eighth Wimbledon crown.

Roger Federer wasted no time in booking his fourth-round spot on Saturday at Wimbledon, blasting past Santiago Giraldo 6-3, 6-1, 6-3 in 81 minutes under the Centre Court roof on a rain-hit day at The Championships. The Basel native is yet to drop a set in reaching the second week at SW19.

"It's great," Federer told BBC television. "I'm very pleased. It's always good to keep moving on. Last year I lost in the second round (against Sergiy Stakhovsky), so I'm aware of tough draws. I'm always worried about the first week, getting to the second one; then the grass plays quite differently. 

“[Next week] it's really about maintaining a good level of play. Physically I'm in good shape. I've got to keep playing aggressively and serving well. You've got to do that on this surface, and keep the points short."

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Federer won 84 per cent of his first serve points and converted five of his nine break point chances as he recorded his second win in two meetings with the No. 35-ranked Giraldo. The 26-year-old Giraldo, working with Fernando Gonzalez as his coach, was playing the third round at Wimbledon for the first time. 

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The Swiss is bidding to win an unprecedented eighth Wimbledon crown and claimed his 70th match win at the All England Club with victory over Giraldo. His 70-8 match record at The Championships is the third best in the Open Era. Boris Becker is in second place with a 71-12 mark. The 32-year-old Federer lifted the Wimbledon trophy in 2003-’07, ’09 and ’12.

The fourth-seeded Federer is on a six-match winning streak, having come into Wimbledon on the back of capturing his 79th tour-level title at the Gerry Weber Open in Halle (d. Falla). It was his second ATP World Tour trophy of the season, following victory in Dubai in February (d. Berdych).

For a place in the quarter-finals, Federer will face Tommy Robredo, who survived a five-set encounter with 2013 semi-finalist Jerzy Janowicz.

Robredo overcame 10 aces and 69 winners from the big-serving Pole, surviving 6-2, 6-4, 6-7(5), 4-6, 6-3. The Spaniard advances to his first Round of 16 at Wimbledon in his 13th trip to the All England Club.

Federer will be seeking revenge on Robredo after falling in straight sets in their most recent meeting, at the US Open last year. It was the 23rd-seed's first victory in 11 FedEx ATP Head2Head encounters with Federer.

Robredo improved his impressive five-set mark to 16-4 with the win. Janowicz, meanwhile, was contesting his third consecutive five-setter of the week after defeating Somdev Devvarman and 2002 champion Lleyton Hewitt.

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