Roger Federer has breezed into the fourth round of Wimbledon to the surprise of pretty much no one. The only true surprise has been the new logos on his all-white outfit (thanks to his new deal with Uniqlo) and the return of the SABR—Sneaky Attack By Federer.
Taking on Jan-Lennard Struff on Friday, Federer showed off his return and dash skills, this time from his backhand wing:
He started doing the SABR in the summer of 2015, but it’s been a while since fans and his opponents have seen it.
“I can never practice it because how do you? I just feel like totally it's not really what you do in a practice with other guys,” Federer said. "I can only really practice it with my coach. That's why it disappeared a little bit."
SABR! (????Eurosport) pic.twitter.com/6AW1zv1z7R— doublefault28 (@doublefault28) July 6, 2018
Federer has yet to drop a set in London as he heads into the second week for the 16th time. His win earned him the record of most grass-court wins with 175. The 36-year-old may add a few more wins to that tally next week and you might see a few more SABRs.
“I always have to check the score first,” he said. “I’m happy I did it. I'm happy it worked. After that I feel like I got, how do you say, there is a buzz for me. I think it just helps me with keeping it exciting for me, as well, with options.”
Federer eased past Adrian Mannarino in straight sets on Monday to reach the quarterfinals.
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