Elegant executioner Roger Federer dropped Dan Evans through the Wimbledon trap door on Friday as he reached the fourth round of the grasscourt major with a bloodless 6-4 6-2 6-2 victory.
Forty eight hours after slaying world number 772 Marcus Willis, Federer claimed a second successive British scalp as he reached the second week without dropping a set at this year’s championships.
Evans, the once bad boy of British tennis, was on a roll this week as never before had he won a match at the All England Club, let alone two in a row.
But if Evans, the son on an electrician, harboured hopes of going deeper into the tournament, it was not long before the seven-times champion pulled the plug on his dreams on a floodlit Centre Court.
The Swiss third seed chalked up his 150th grasscourt win with an unreturnable serve as he became the first, and so far only, man to reach the fourth round of the rain ravaged tournament.