Roger Federer admits he is shaping up nicely at Wimbledon after booking his place in the third round on Wednesday evening.
Despite a few edgy moments, the 17-time Grand Slam winner looked good in his opening win over Guido Pella and followed it up with another straight sets triumph over unheralded home favourite Marcus Willis.
Either Dan Evans or Alexandr Dolgopolov will be his opponent in the next round but with him looking in fine fettle at SW19, Federer appears on course for a semi-final showdown with Novak Djokovic.
At 34, staying fresh is key to Federer’s chances of progressing through major tournaments and, having needed the minimum amount of sets to date, the veteran has been able to keep himself sharp.
The world number three impressed with his attitude against qualifier Willis, allowing the Brit a number of chances to test him before taking his opportunities when they presented themselves.
Federer admits he has been working hard at his game in his downtime at Wimbledon but says he feels in perfect condition to try and challenge for his eighth SW19 title.
He told reporters: “I thought I was going to have a very easy practice yesterday just because of the toughness of the first round.
But actually I practiced much more than I thought I would. I had great intensity yesterday. “I felt fresh as I woke up. Same thing today. I’m where I want to be, so I’m very happy.”
Federer is currently priced at 13.00 to win Wimbledon outright, while Djokovic is the 1.73 favourite and Andy Murray 3.75.