By Riath Al-Samarrai for the Daily Mail
Published: 16:34 BST, 4 July 2019 | Updated: 22:06 BST, 4 July 2019
A day after his mixed doubles partner pulled off the improbable, Jay Clarke succumbed to the inevitable. Evidently Roger Federer is no more willing to act his age than Cori Gauff is hers.
There must come a time when the Swiss can’t keep swatting aside the dreamers, but for now the 37-year-old just keeps gliding. Not quite as smoothly as he once did, of course, but he retains more than enough of his gifts to tread a young Brit into the grass when need be.
Not that Gauff’s doubles accomplice went down in any great shame. He put up a fight, particularly in forcing a second-set tiebreak where, ever so briefly, he held a mini-break at 2-1.
Roger Federer eased into the third round with a straight-sets victory over Britain's Jay Clarke
Britain's Clarke, the world No 169, fought hard but was ultimately outclassed on Thursday
Federer continued his pursuit of a ninth Wimbledon title with a 6-1, 7-6, 6-2 victory
But that was as far as the uprising went. That was his chance and perhaps the anecdote that will stay with him — the time he nearly took a set off Federer. He didn’t get it done, of course.