Roger Federer of Switzerland in action during the Wimbledon men's singles match in London, England, July 3, 2021. /CFP
Roger Federer reached the Wimbledon last 16 for the 18th time on Saturday with a four-set win over Cameron Norrie.
Eight-time champion Federer triumphed 6-4, 6-4, 5-7, 6-4 and will be playing in the fourth round of a Grand Slam for the 69th time in his career.
"It's a nice stat to hear. It proves to me when I wake up in the morning that has happened," said Federer who will turn 40 in five weeks' time.
"I have loved every minute and I hope there's a bit more left in me. It's a pleasure still playing right now.
"This one is special because I'm almost 40 - at this point it's all a bonus and I will see how far I can go here."
Federer is the third-oldest man to reach the round of 16 at Wimbledon in the Open Era - after Pancho Gonzales (41) in 1969 and Ken Rosewall (40) in 1975.
He could have wrapped up Saturday's match in straight sets when he had two break points in the 11th game of the third set.
Norrie dug deep to force the tie into a fourth set, but when Federer broke for 5-4, there was no second opportunity.
Federer finished with 48 winners as he won his 104th Wimbledon match.
He will face Italy's Lorenzo Sonego on Monday for a place in the quarter-finals.
Also on Saturday, second seed Daniil Medvedev overturned a two-set deficit for the first time in his career to grind down former runner-up Marin Cilic in a bruising third-round clash.
On the women's side, world number one Ashleigh Barty set up a clash with Barbora Krejcikova after she beat Katerina Siniakova 6-3, 7-5.
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