Roger Federer walked onto Centre Courtroom at Wimbledon to start his title defence at The Championships, drawing oohs and aahs earlier than hanging a ball. The Swiss, who had worn Nike for his total skilled profession, has a brand new look, sporting Uniqlo attire.
However the tennis stays classic Federer, as the highest seed started his pursuit of a ninth championship on the grass-court Grand Slam with a simple 6-1, 6-Three, 6-Four victory in 79 minutes. He’ll face Nature Valley Worldwide runner-up Lukas Lacko or Frenchman Benjamin Bonzi within the second spherical.
“[I’m] very pleased. I felt good from the beginning, too, which was good,” Federer mentioned. “I felt proper at dwelling once more, so it was a very nice feeling. Bought the early break in every set and was in a position to convey it dwelling.”
Federer is now 67-6 in first-round matches at Grand Slams, together with a 17-Three mark on the All England Membership. The 36-year-old’s most up-to-date opening-round loss at a serious got here at 2003 Roland Garros in opposition to Luis Horna.
There may be loads of historical past on the road this fortnight for Federer, who’s making an attempt to turn out to be the primary man within the Open Period to carry 5 Grand Slam trophies after turning 30. The primary man within the Open Period to make 20 consecutive appearances at Wimbledon, Federer can also be attempting to increase his document to 9 titles on the occasion.
Regardless of all of his success, Federer spoke at his pre-tournament press convention on Sunday in regards to the nerves he nonetheless offers with when starting his title defence on Centre Courtroom. A yr in the past, within the second spherical, the Swiss even fell behind Zero-2 in opposition to Lajovic.
However Federer confirmed no nerves in any respect in opposition to the 28-year-old, breaking the Serbian’s serve 5 occasions with out going through a break level himself to oust Lajovic for the second consecutive yr. Federer now leads their FedEx ATP Head2Head sequence 2-Zero, with out dropping a set.
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In accordance with the FedEx ATP Efficiency Zone, Federer leads energetic gamers with a 173-25 tour-level document on grass, yielding an 87.Four profitable proportion. The Swiss is pursuing his 19th tour-level triumph on the floor.