Day 5

‘Swiss Magic is on’

All talk of whether Thomas Berdych could stall Roger Federer’s progress to the round of 16 fell flat, as the Swiss magician put a master class performance to tame the 10th seeded Czech in three straight games and set up a mouth-watering pre-quarterfinal against Kei Nishikori. Meeting for the 23rd time, Federer, holding a 16-6 advantage, stream rolled his much younger opponent with some breath-taking tennis. Bringing to the table a wide range of strokes, Federer proved a point that the old guard is here to stay and the young guns needs to wait for some more time to make an impact. A simple stat on the Open shows that, of the 64 players aged over 30 or over (46 men and 18 women) 23 seasoned campaigners (16 men and seven women) have progressed to the third round. The Next Gen must bide their time.

Stan Wawrinka, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Andy Murray also progressed to the round of 16 and await their opponents. Angelique Kerber, had an easy outing against Kristyna Pliskova, losing a mere 4 games. Serena Williams made short work of fellow American Nicole Gibbs 6-1,6-3. Dominika Cibulkova, Johana Konta also made it to the round of 16.

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