Roger Federer argues why Wimbledon crowd should cheer for him over Cam Norrie after boos

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Roger Federer has joked that the Wimbledon crowd should cheer for him over home hope Cameron Norrie in the third round on Saturday – because of his rich history at the tournament. Federer was jokingly jeered by spectators on Centre Court upon the news he would next take on Norrie.

The Swiss icon came out on top 7-6 (7-1), 6-1, 6-3 against Richard Gasquet in round two at his favourite major and will now take on British No 2 Norrie next up.

Federer completed his first SW19 match since the 2019 final after his first-round tie ended as a walkover win due to Adrian Mannarino’s knee injury.

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The first set against Gasquet went the way of serve but after a convincing tiebreak triumph, Federer turned on the style to dominate the second and third sets.

Gasquet saved a match point at 5-3 in the third but Federer then held serve and converted his second match point to clinch a richly-deserved victory and move to 19-2 in his head-to-head record against the world No 56.

The 20-time Grand Slam champion now moves on to Norris, who he has only ever played against once before, at the 2019 Hopman Cup.

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Norrie had never previously reached the third round of the grass-court Grand Slam before he saw off Australian Alex Bolt and will expect to be well backed by the fans on Centre Court, even against the much-loved Federer.

The eight-time Wimbledon champion was playfully booed when told post-match that he would be facing Norrie in the next round – but thinks his history at the event will earn him a few cheers.

And Federer said: “I heard Cameron Norrie and then I heard boos and cheers and then I didn’t hear your question anymore!

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“I hope the crowd is going to get into it, regardless of who they cheer. I understand if it’s for him and if it’s for me it’s because of the last 20 years and all of the big matches I’ve played here.

“Cam’s a good guy too. He’s had a wonderful year, played great at Queen’s. He’s backed it up again here.

“I know it’s going to be a tough match and I’m happy for him but enough now – he needs to go out, I need to go through and we’ll see what happens after!

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“Tough first set and after that a great second set. I was just a little bit better on the third. I’m very, very happy of course.”

After beating Bolt, Norrie joked that he’d be supporting Gasquet against Federer as he said with a smile: “Come on Gasquet.  It will be special to play Roger or Richard.

“They’re both very experienced players and definitely another opportunity to get out on the court and enjoy another match at Wimbledon.

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“If it’s a time to play Roger, now is probably the best time I guess but he’s still a decent player. He still can play.”

The Brit added: Unbelievable to back at Wimbledon this year. I’m very happy to make it through to the third round. I couldn’t be more proud of myself.”

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