Force of July: Roger Federer won 35 straight points on his serve today

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Lukas Lacko had no answer for Roger Federer's serve at Wimbledon. (Getty Images)

Roger Federer won 35 straight points on his serve today. He is 36 years old, just a month from 37. He did this against the 73rd-best player in the world who just reached a final on grass.

He also did this:

Federer has now won 26 straight sets at Wimbledon, the tournament most players want to win above all others. He also did that in 2004, and again in 2006.

Wimbledon is not a time capsule—there are modern touches throughout the grounds. But in terms of big tennis tournaments, it’s as close as it gets.

WATCH—Match point from Federer's win over Lacko:

Federer is much the same. He swings differently than he did a decade ago, and now he even looks different. But let’s be honest: he is as close as it gets to breaking the rules of aging this physically taxing sport.

Roger Federer rules Wimbledon—he’s the champion, after all. His utterly clinical 6-4, 6-4, 6-1 win over Lukas Lacko will not be in the canon of great Centre Court performances, but it should be. For after Federer’s 174th win on grass courts, which includes eight Wimbledon finals, the following question was asked:

Record or not, the man who did this is 36 years old, just a month from 37. He did this against the 73rd-best player in the world who just reached a final on grass.

He also did this:


Strokes of Genius is a world-class documentary capturing the historic 13-year rivalry between tennis icons Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal. It is timed for release as the anticipation crests with Roger as returning champion, 10 years after their famed 2008 Wimbledon championship – an epic match so close and so reflective of their competitive balance that, in the end, the true winner was the sport itself.

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