Roger Federer scored the 24th consecutive victory at Wimbledon in the third round in 2006, beating Nicolas Mahut 6-3, 7-6, 6-4 in two hours and five minutes. After taking wins over Richard Gasquet and Tim Henman in the previous rounds, Federer also had the upper hand against the Frenchman, suffering a service break and taking three return games that led to his triumph.
Playing well on both the first and second serves, Roger controlled the pace in his serve games and from the baseline overall, doing enough damage on the return to clinch the seventh consecutive Wimbledon victory in straight sets.
The Swiss got off to a good start before Mahut found his rhythm in set number two, reaching the tie break in which Federer claimed 7-2 with a cross forehand that gave him a huge boost. At 4-3 in the third set, Mahut broke down after a forced error at the net, allowing Roger to serve for victory.
Barely getting a foot wrong in his service games up to that point, Federer was unable to control a volley at the net to suffer a break and keep Mahut in the fight, and the second tiebreaker became almost inevitable. Instead, Federer took the second consecutive break with a backhand down the line in the 10th game to move over and stay on the title track.
Corretja reflects on Roger Federer
Speaking to Eurosport, Alex Corretja said the Swiss’ negative body language throughout the match was a worrying sign in the lead up to Wimbledon, which begins on Monday. “I was worried about his body language a little bit,” Corretja said.
“He was, I think, inside himself. He’s the only one who knows how he’s feeling, the way he’s moving. Sometimes it’s not about complaining. It’s a matter of you are playing and inside you, you feel ‘this is not how I want to feel’.
And I think Roger Federer feels a little bit that way right now.” Corretja believes that if Roger Federer can play his way into the tournament and find his best tennis, he can be competitive. “I’m just worried he doesn’t feel 100 per cent on his knee because it’s normal that his movements are still not the best,” Corretja said.
“Well, he needs a very, very good first week to get the rhythm that he needs to become good the second week and to perform well. I think if he gets the rhythm that he needs, he’s going to be very dangerous but there are many players that right now can hurt him, when before it was maybe only two or three,” the Spaniard added.