Tim Henman must be a glutton for punishment. Less than an hour after having his game, purportedly one of the best on grass, dismantled by the most gifted human ever to think 'I'll have a crack at this tennis lark', he confirmed he'd be back for more.
There had been speculation that this would be the 31-year-old's last Wimbledon and in truth, were he a boxer, the sort of beating he took on Centre Court yesterday would have ended his career.
But he claims to be sufficiently encouraged by his performance at Queen's Club last week to delay any plans for retirement, though more likely he will be determined to make sure his final offering at this, his home Grand Slam, will be rather less futile.
Asked, in his post-thrashing press conference, how long he envisaged playing at the All England Club the British No 3 asserted: "I don't know - definitely a few more years."
He went on to say he hoped to appear on the most famous court in the sport once more and for the thousands of Henmaniacs, who started this second round at fever pitch and ended it merely fevered, that will be good news.
They have avidly absorbed the many dramas he has served up over the last decade and probably more so than the pinnacle of excellence offered by Federer on a routine basis.
This was no different, aside for the fact that this time the locals didn't want the three-time winner to show them his very best.
That he did pleased no one. Not the fans, not Henman and not even Federer. He and Henman are close friends and he took very little satisfaction at the ease of the destruction.
"It's not a lot of fun beating a friend like this," the Swiss said. "It was difficult. I didn't enjoy playing against the crowd - which is especially difficult if you are playing as well as I did.
"It's also difficult to be happy about the whole thing when the crowd are not really enjoying it."
No-one who witnessed the 6-4, 6-0, 6-2 battering can have failed to be impressed, however. Federer usually reserves this sort of form for the second week.
But in consecutive days he has dismantled Richard Gasquet, winner at Nottingham two weeks ago and Henman, a quadruple semi-finalist at Wimbledon. The draw has brought out the best in the champion.
"I would think this is the best I have played - in beating two such great players so convincingly. I have the feeling that I am playing excellently."
Henman certainly agreed. Not only is the world No 1 the best at closing out a match, he's the best, full stop.
"It's very, very difficult to have an impact in any area of his game because his serve is so deceptive. It's certainly not the fastest, not the biggest and doesn't serve the most aces, but it sets up the points so well for the rest of his game.
"He is so tough to beat on any court, but even more difficult on a grass court," Henman said.
Especially if you waste the only chance offered in an hour-and-a-half. That came when Federer was serving at 4-3 up in the first set.
The Briton manufactured his first break point when he rushed the net and forced his opponent into an error.
However, when he tried the same tactic on the next point, Federer clubbed a backhand right through Henman before he'd even set off past the service line.
A third charge gave a second opportunity to level the set but once more Federer pinned Henman back and forced the mistake. It was virtually game, set and match at that stage.
Henman won the next game but lost the next 11 and five consecutive service games. It was no basis on which to mount a comeback.
One home player did make it through, though, as Martin Lee put two years of injury problems behind him to beat Dick Norman in straight sets.
The world No 252, whose wild card into the event had been questioned by Lawn Tennis Association chief executive Roger Draper, put together a perfect - by his standards - performance to defeat the Belgian 6-2, 7-6, 7-6.
Lee broke Norman in the first and fifth games of the opening stanza to take control of the match and although they swapped services once each in the next two sets, he held his nerve to claim the tiebreaks 7-2 and 7-4 respectively.
"I think it went more or less perfect," Lee crowed afterwards. "I haven't played main draw for the last two years in singles because I haven't been fit, so my ranking hasn't been anywhere near.
"But I felt really comfortable, as I always have done on court here. I love playing in front of the crowd and couldn't ask for much more today."
Meanwhile, there was safe passage for Lleyton Hewitt, who only lost five games in spanking Filippo Volandri and Andy Roddick, who had to come from a set down to subdue Janko Tipsarevic.
David Nalbandian, seeded four, downed Arnaud Clement although No 9 seed Nikolay Davydenko went out to qualifier Alejandro Falla in four sets.
In the Ladies' draw, Kim Clijsters was awarded a walkover after Viktoria Kutusova pulled out with a viral infection and Anastasia Myskina came through against Cara Black.
Former dfs Classic finalists Tatiana Golovin and Jelena Jankovic both made it through to round two.