But once the plumes of smoke left behind by the Red Arrows had painted the overcast sky a patriotic red, white and blue, the seven-times Wimbledon champion's competitive fires began to burn brightly and she screamed to a 6-3 6-4 win over Goerges to reach the second week of Wimbledon for the 16th time.
The considerable consolation for Dart is that by reaching the last 32 she had far exceeded expectations and her ranking will rise from its current 182 into the top 140. Federer won the Halle Open prior to arriving at Wimbledon so the Swiss master is playing very good tennis.
"Maybe I'll try to get a video of it or watch it somewhere".
"I'll play whenever I'm scheduled", she said. It's been a great tournament for me. So I've been watching a lot'.
He held serve and hit back to take two break points in the next, but that fired Federer up and he won the game before reeling off the next two to claim the opening set.
There was no let-up for the French Open champion in the second set as Barty dropped just one more game in securing a commanding victory.
Against Goerges, she should have been confident of victory since the German had failed to take a set off Williams in four previous meetings, including last year's semifinal.
In her first conference at the tournament, Barty referenced The Lion King saying: "We kind of came into it thinking like Hakuna Matata".
With Barty having not dropped a set in her past 10 matches, a duel with Williams appears inevitable. Dart did make it to 0-40 at 1-4 only for Barty to reel off three excellent points, and it was all over soon after.
"I chat to my niece over and over and she just tells me, "You can go to infinity and beyond", she said, quoting iconic character Buzz Lightyear.
Taking everything into consideration, I am going to pick Roger Federer to win this match.
Women's world number one Ashleigh Barty booked her maiden place in the fourth round at Wimbledon on Saturday while Serena Williams made the second week for the 16th time. It was pretty special to be out there.
"I'm ready and excited but I'm definitely nervous". It's impossible for me to give advice to anyone, ' the 23-year-old said. The Frenchman went blow-for-blow with Federer in the early going, engaging in fast-paced rallied on the baseline with the 102-time tour-level titlist.
Olympic legends Sebastian Coe, Mo Farah and Chris Hoy, cricketers Joe Root, Jimmy Anderson, Jonny Bairstow, Eoin Morgan and Andrew Strauss were among those watching on from the Royal Box as the world number one extended her winning streak to 15 matches.
With Barty cruising through to the fourth round without dropping a set and odds-on to continue her charge against unseeded American Alison Riske, Australia's world No.1 is tipped to face her sternest test yet against Williams.
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