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Federer eases into 3rd round at Wimbledon

05 July 2018, 06:58 | Charlene Valdez

GETTYFederer won his opening match in straight sets

Federer

World No. 1 Roger Federer cruised to a straight set victory against Lukas Lacko on Wednesday to advance to the third round at Wimbledon.

Lukáš Lacko was the victim at Centre Court on Tuesday, falling in three consecutive sets (6-4, 6-4, 6-1) as Federer breezed through him with an utterly imperious serve. "It's great to follow Federer and Nadal, but I think 16 seeds would shake up the men's draw".

Federer's longest streak of sets won at Wimbledon was 34 between the third round in 2005 to the 2006 final.

It was another dominant display by the eight-time champion, who lost just nine of 61 points on his serve in total and broke Lacko five times, including with a forehand victor to close out the match. "Some players can play best tennis".

Serena, seeded 25th after her return from maternity leave, faces France's Kristina Mladenovic or Germany's Tatjana Maria for a place in the last 16.

Raonic had just four break-point opportunities in the match, winning one.

The No. 9 seed, at 38 the oldest woman in the draw, came back to beat 141st-ranked qualifier Alexandra Dulgheru of Romania 4-6, 6-0, 6-1 after dropping the first set for a second straight match.


The seven-time champion, who was controversially seeded at 25 following her lengthy absence as a new mother, claimed a 6-1, 6-4 win in 66 minutes on Centre Court.

After two days of nice weather and the blue skies, rain has visited Wimbledon for the first time this year, interrupting six men's singles matches that would have to be completed on Thursday.

It was a bitter defeat for the 27-year-old Dane, who was expected to challenge for the Wimbledon title after winning her maiden Grand Slam crown at the Australian Open in January.

Karolina Pliskova advanced to the third round for the first time with a 6-3, 6-3 victory over Victoria Azarenka.

French 17th seed Lucas Pouille fell short in five sets after fighting from two sets down to be beaten 6-4, 6-2, 6-7 (8-10), 3-6, 6-2 by Austria's Dennis Novak.

Gael Monfils overcame Paolo Lorenzi 3-6, 6-3, 7-6 (5), 7-6 (3) to set up a third-round meeting with 2017 Wimbledon semifinalist Querrey.



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