ROGER FEDERER ruined Independence Day for Steve Johnson yesterday by defeating the United States athlete in straight sets.
There were no fireworks on display from Johnson, who struggled to keep up with his Swiss opponent as Federer won 6-2 6-3 7-5.
The win drew Federer level with Martina Navratilova’s record of 306 victories in major competitions and he will stand alone if he overcomes Marin Cilic in the quarter-finals.
Federer is yet to drop a set as he continues in his bid to win a record eighth title at the All England club and said after: “Best of five matches are always tough. It needs lots of concentration, the finish line is far away and it can turn really quick.
“I’m happy with how I played it is not easy as maybe it looked. Steve has picked up a lot of confidence in the last weeks and he has a nice game for grass but I think I mixed it up well here today.
“I would never have thought I would win the first four rounds in straight sets. The matches may be tough but rests are great for professional athletes, that’s huge.
“It is nice that I have never missed Wimbledon. You can always lose a tournament in the first week but never win it.
“I now need to play my best tennis. I have Cilic in the next round, he brushed me off the court in the US Open a few years ago and I hope to get him back.”
Federer may have had an easy route to the quarters but Cilic will come into the match with the fresher legs, after only having to play 45 minutes yesterday before his opponent Kei Nishikori had to retire due to injury.