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Wimbledon: Roger Federer produces the shot of the day in classy victory

By Robert Jones

Published 03/07/2015

That shot: Roger Federer plays the ball between his legs and over the head of his stranded opponent on Centre Court
That shot: Roger Federer plays the ball between his legs and over the head of his stranded opponent on Centre Court
Outclassed: Sam Querrey lost in straight sets

Roger Federer thrilled Centre Court with an outrageous lob as he moved effortlessly into the third round of Wimbledon with a 6-4 6-2 6-2 victory over American Sam Querrey.

The highlight of a one-sided match was the audacious shot executed by the Swiss from behind his own baseline, slipping the racket between his legs to direct the ball over the head of the stranded Querrey.

"It's rare that those shots happen so when they do you have to pull them off.

"If you don't win the point you do look a little bit silly," Federer said.

"It was the perfect shot, I even had a little bit of time which allowed me to get into position. It just felt like I had time."

Federer remains on course to become the first man in history to win eight Wimbledon titles, but far tougher challenges await in the draw than outclassed world number 36 Querrey.

"I'm very happy with the way I've played in the first two matches so far," Federer said.

"I've been playing well this season and have had a good run. There's a little relief that I'm actually playing well here at Wimbledon as well.

"I had to work hard, Sam's a good player. The first set was tough and he was serving well and I didn't know how long he'd keep that up for."

It took until the ninth game of the first set for Federer to break, although having raced into a 40-0 lead he then needed four break points that he converted with a pinpoint backhand, to win the game.

A similar shot did for Querrey as the second set got under way, although this time Federer dispatched the ball on the volley, making a classy stroke appear simple.

When Querrey sent a drop-shot wide, Federer had the break and in the seventh he struck again courtesy of his audacious lob, a lucky forehand that clipped the net and a wayward serve by his opponent.

Once again Federer pounced in the opening game of a set, breaking Querrey with ease to all but end the American's hopes of completing a first victory over a top 10 opponent at a Grand Slam and the end arrived quickly.

The start of play was delayed on the fourth morning of Wimbledon as light rain fell at the All England Club.

Temperatures reached a record high on Wednesday of 35.7C at nearby Kew Gardens - the nearest Met Office station to the All England Club.

However, a damp morning meant action could not begin on time at 11.30am. Courts were covered and many spectators were seeking shelter under umbrellas.

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