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Wimbledon 2015: Can Roger Federer get past Gilles Simon to enter semis?

Rohan Raj | Updated on: 8 July 2015, 17:22 IST

All those who thought Roger Federer's era of dominance was over will have to think again. The seven-time Wimbledon champion has been busy turning heads with some stellar performances in the ongoing tournament at the All England Club.

As the final eight men in the singles event get ready to battle it out for the ultimate prize, the Swiss tennis ace strengthens his claim for the coveted trophy following convincing victories in the tournament so far.

As Federer gears up to lock horns with Frenchman Gilles Simon in the quarter-finals on 8 July, here's what you need to know ahead of the crucial tie:

Federer's strengths

The Swiss player has managed to dictate play against his opponents in the tournament so far. And that's largely because of Federer's ability to win points on his first serves. He holds the highest percentage of points won on both first (87 per cent) and second serve (69 per cent) of those players who've made it through at least one round at the tournament.

In his last game against the Spanish player Roberto Bautista, Federer did not face a break point in the entire match, and won a ridiculous 92 per cent of first serve points. Federer hit 38 winners to just 12 unforced errors to outclass his opponent in the fourth round. Apart from the conversion of his serves, Federer is yet to have his service broken in the tournament so far.

Federer's opponent: Gilles Simon

The former world number one will have to be at his prolific best to edge past Gilles Simon in the quarter-final. Simon may not be as popular as his renowned opponent Federer, but the 12th-seeded player is not to be taken lightly. The French player dominated World No. 6 Thomas Berdych in straight sets to secure 6-3, 6-3, 6-2 win in the fourth round. Simon's five-set triumph against his fellow countryman Gael Monfils showed his ability to deliver under pressure.

Federer's journey to quarter-finals

1st round: He defeated Bosnian player Damir Dzumhur 6-1, 6-3, 6-3

2nd round: He got the better of American player Sam Querrey 6-4, 6-2, 6-2

3rd round: He was made to sweat by the 27-year-old Australian Sam Groth, but the Swiss star came out on top with 6-4, 6-4, 6-7 (5-7), 6-2 win

4th round: He outplayed Spanish player Roberto Bautista to secure 6-2, 6-2, 6-3 win.

First published: 8 July 2015, 17:22 IST
 
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After a poor stint in gully-cricket quashed his hopes of turning pro, Rohan moved away from the playing field and began criticising those who were still on it. Football eases his mind and watching City paint Manchester blue is his elusive dream. When not talking, thinking or dreaming about sports, Rohan can be found listening to EDM or watching movies. A sports correspondent at Catch News, he has previously worked with Hindustan Times, Daily Bhaskar and India Today.

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