London: Eight-time Wimbledon singles champion Roger Federer posted yet more landmarks yesterday as all the main contenders encountered few problems in reaching the last 16.
Federer registered a record 350th win in Grand Slam matches in his 7-5, 6-2, 7-6 (7/4) victory over Lucas Pouille of France and in the process reached the fourth round for an unprecedented 17th time.
“It’s a nice number to achieve. I’ve enjoyed my time at the Slams,” said Federer of his Grand Slam record.
“It’s been nice winning that much.”
Federer will next face Italy’s 17th seed Matteo Berrettini for a place in the quarter-finals.
Berrettini saved three match points to see off Diego Schwartzman of Argentina 6-7 (5/7), 7-6 (7/2), 4-6, 7-6 (7/4), 6-3.
The 23-year-old Italian will be playing in his first last-16 at the Slams.
Kei Nishikori equalled Ai Sugiyama’s record of four appearances in the last 16 of Wimbledon by a Japanese player as he dismissed American journeyman Steve Johnson 6-4, 6-3, 6-2.