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Roger Federer is through to the second week of Wimbledon
Roger Federer is through to the second week of Wimbledon
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Roger Federer made it through to the fourth round of Wimbledon after a hard-fought four-set victory over Australian Sam Groth.

The Swiss number one, who defeated Sam Querrey and Damir Dzumhur in the first two rounds, is feeling confident about his game and is looking to stay focused for the remainder of the tournament.

The 33-year-old, who is aiming for an eighth title at the All England Club, had to be on his guard on Centre Court against an opponent who was firing down aces over 140mph.

The world number two dealt with the big-serving Aussie in the early stages and produced some magnificent shots that were reminiscent of those witnessed in 2012, when he last lifted the trophy at SW19.

Groth produced a stirring fightback though and the Australian used his awesome serve to win the third set after clinching the tie-break following some nervy shots from his opponent.

Federer refocused though and ended up recording a 6-4 6-4 6-7 6-2 victory and secured his place into the fourth round where he will prepare to face Spain's Roberto Bautista Agut, who knocked out Nikoloz Basilashvili 7-6 6-0 6-1.

The Swiss number one, who defeated Sam Querrey and Damir Dzumhur in the first two rounds, is feeling confident about his game and is looking to stay focused for the remainder of the tournament.

"I'm very pleased with how the match went," he said. "I'm feeling good, I'm very happy. It's been a hot week but thankfully I haven't had too many long four or five setters and I'm looking forward to the next match."

Elsewhere, Rafael Nadal's conqueror Dustin Brown could not repeat his Centre Court heroics as the German was sent packing by 22nd seed Viktor Troicki in four sets.

The Serbian produced a steady performance and, despite losing the third set, ended up recording a 6-4 7-6 4-6 6-3 victory to advance into round four.

Both players delighted the crowd with some eye-catching shots with Brown in particular executing some delightful drop-shots and some powerful forehand winners.

Moving to other results in the men's draw and 2014 US Open champion Marin Cilic defeated John Isner in a marathon five-set match that had to be completed across two days.

With the scores locked at two sets each and the decider level at 10-10 in games, the pair were forced to retire for the night on Friday due to bad light and come back on Saturday morning to finish off.

It was the Croatian who came out the livelier off the pair and the major winner wrapped up the next two games to record a 7-6 6-7 6-4 6-7 12-10 victory.

The ninth seed will now take on Denis Kudla in the fourth round after the American overcame Santiago Giraldo in a five-set thriller, winning 6-2 6-7 2-6 6-1 6-3.

Onto the Brit watch now and Heather Watson is confident she can mix it with the top players in the women's game on a regular basis after Friday's narrow defeat to Serena Williams.

The three-time WTA winner lost the first set on Centre Court but battled back to force a decider and was at one stage just two points away from causing a huge upset.

It took all of Williams' experience to claw her way back into the match and the five-time Wimbledon champion ended up scraping through to the disappointment of the partisan home crowd.

However, there were several positives for Watson and the British number one believes there is enough to build on as she looks ahead to the future.

"I was two points away from winning, so I'm pretty disappointed," she said. "I've learnt that I can compete with the best in the world and I can play really good tennis."

Williams will now take on sister Venus in the next round and it is the latter who won the last meeting between the pair in the semi-final of the Rogers Cup last year.

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