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Federer enjoys easy ride to last eight

sports Updated: Jun 29, 2010 13:31 IST

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Roger Federer strolled into the quarterfinals at Wimbledon with a 6-3, 6-2, 6-3 win over Austrian 16th seed Jurgen Melzer on Monday. After dropping three sets during unusually sloppy displays against Alejandro Falla and Ilija Bozoljac in the first two rounds, Federer is back in the groove in time for the business end of the tournament.

The 28-year-old top seed had crushed Arnaud Clement in the third round and he swept Melzer aside with the kind of dominant display which has been his trademark at the All England Club since he first won the title here back in 2003.

By his own high standards, 2010 has been a disappointing year for Federer, who has failed to win any of his seven tournaments since beating Andy Murray in the Australian Open final in January. Federer's run of 23 successive Grand Slam semifinal appearances was snapped at the French Open and he even lost for just the second time in 78 matches on grass when Lleyton Hewitt beat him in the final at Halle earlier this month. But those struggles have been consigned to history now as Federer is starting to hit peak form at his favourite grand slam.

With Rafael Nadal struggling with a knee injury after two gruelling five-set wins, Federer must be confident of equalling Pete Sampras's record of seven Wimbledon singles titles.