LONDON, July 5 (Reuters) – Roger Federer weathered a storm in the first set to become the oldest man in the open era to reach the quarter-finals at Wimbledon with a 7-5 6-4 6-2 victory on the 23rd Italian seed Lorenzo Sonego on Monday.
The Swiss, who turns 40 next month, was deadlocked at 5-5 in the first set when a torrential downpour sent the players back to the locker room with Sonego on the ground.
The 20-minute disruption, in which the roof was closed on a soggy and windswept center court, did Sonego a disservice as he immediately produced a double fault in the spotlight to abandon his serve.
This provided Federer with the spark he needed to get through the rest of the competition after converting just two of the nine break points he won in the first set.
In his record-breaking 18th quarter-final at Wimbledon and 58th in all four majors, the eight-time All England Club champion will meet either Russian second seed Daniil Medvedev or Pole Hubert Hurkacz, whose match resumes on Tuesday. (Reporting by Pritha Sarkar; Editing by Ken Ferris)
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