Competing in the third round at Wimbledon for the third time in the past four years, Roger Federer toppled Thomas Johansson 6-3, 6-4, 6-3 in an hour and 38 minutes to find himself in the last 16 in 2004. In the first two rounds, Federer played on a high level to oust Alex Bogdanovic and Alejandro Falla, never getting broken and delivering a bagel in the third set against both opponents. The Swede couldn’t break Roger’s serve either, wasting two break chances and suffering four breaks to propel the Swiss into the last 16. Speaking about the win, Roger mentioned his serve as a reliable weapon in the first three encounters. Federer found the initial shot when it mattered the most and made more than enough damage on the return to remain on the title course.
“I would like to serve at 130 or 135 mp/h, but I can’t. That’s why I have to do it differently, play well from the baseline and defend my serve consistently. That’s what I did today, and I’m pleased with the outcome, considering the fact Johannson is a far more dangerous rival than the first two. It wasn’t easy, and I’m thrilled to go through in straight sets. I’m happy with the way I have been serving so far.
Roger Federer reached the last 16 at Wimbledon for the third time in 2004.
I pulled some first serves in the third set’s closing stages when he had those break chances; I’m playing well when I can take risks on my second serve. I think it was a tough match today and a real test; he served well, and I had to stay focused. The crowd was great; it was enjoyable to compete in front of them. For me, the court speed looks similar to what we had a year ago. I have played on two courts for now, and it seems the same.
I don’t know how it feels to return Karlovic’s serves; I have never faced someone so tall as he is. Everyone talks about the huge accurate serve, and I would love to play against him. That puts a lot of pressure on your serve, but I can handle it. It could be Lopez as well, in what would be another fourth-round clash against him, like last year when I wasn’t at 100% due to back problems. I got lucky that day, as he should have won the opening set and make things very difficult for me. I don’t know how I turned the scoreboard around and grabbed confidence, feeling better in sets two and three and moving through without staying for too long. I feel better than last year, knowing that I already won this tournament; I can do it again,” Roger Federer said.