The sun finally came out at Wimbledon and eight-time champion Roger Federer got his old sparkle back on Centre Court to eclipse Richard Gasquet and move serenely into round three.
It was not quite vintage Federer, but the 7,500 fans packed around his favourite court did not care as the Swiss gave them plenty to 'ooh and aah' about in a 7-6 (7-1) 6-1 6-4 victory.
The 39-year-old Swiss took a while to find his timing and needed to save three break points in his first service game.
But having been pushed into a tiebreak, the 20-time grand slam champion flicked the switch and his game began to flow as he claimed the breaker in scintillating style.
After taking the opener the sixth seed moved smoothly through the gears and Gasquet could not live with him as the Frenchman suffered an 11th successive defeat against Federer, a run dating back to 2011 in which he has not even won a set.
Federer arrived at Wimbledon with doubts over his form after an unusually early defeat in Halle, but the signs are looking positive as he prepares to face Britain's Cameron Norrie.
"Felt good physically. Much more relaxed in many ways, as I was able to play a really good breaker," he said.
"What I was able to do today gives you a lot of confidence. You can start to play so much more freely."
Federer is adored at Wimbledon, but he may find the Centre Court crowd a little less reverential when he faces in-form Norrie, one of three British men in the third round after he thrashed Australian Alex Bolt.
Norrie reached the last 32 for the first time with a 6-3 6-1 6-2 win against the Australian wildcard.
"I hope the crowd gets into it," Federer said on court after dispatching Gasquet.
"I understand if they cheer for him and if it is for me it is because of the last 20 years and all the big wins I've had here. Cam's had a wonderful year and played great at Queen's (reaching the final), backing that up here.
"But enough now - he needs to go out! I need to go through."
Big-hitters Daniil Medvedev and Alexander Zverev booked their places in the third round in comprehensive style.
Second seed Medvedev, who has never been past round three, raced through with a straight-sets victory over Carlos Alcaraz.
Spanish wild card Alcaraz, a rising star who has climbed from 492 in the world to 75 in the space of 18 months, was broken in the first game but hit back for 5-4, only to surrender his serve once again.
Russian Medvedev then sped away from the 18-year-old to complete a routine 6-4 6-1 6-2 victory.
Fourth seed Zverev made light work of Tennys Sandgren, who struggled to prevent tennis balls slipping from his pockets.
During a light-hearted encounter on Court Two a ball fell loose twice, costing him a point the second time.
German Zverev, who won 7-5 6-2 6-3, said: "It's an unfortunate way to lose points. The second time I stopped, the ball was right at his feet.
"I couldn't have continued playing because it would have been dangerous for him. It's an odd way to win a point, but unfortunately it happens.
"Maybe he needs to talk to his clothing provider and ask for some deeper pockets!"