Look Federer off to a fluent start

Posted July 04, 2018

"I'm happy for him".

"It's the first round and not easy".

"Like past year, there's an extra week to recover from the rigours of the French Open - and you can see how much it took out of Rafa in winning an 11th title in Paris".

The 32-year-old Spaniard, who was All England Club champion in 2008 and 2010, has endured a bittersweet relationship with Wimbledon, failing to get beyond the fourth round since finishing runner-up to Djokovic in 2011.

"It's a great feeling to win like this on Centre Court", said Wawrinka, twice a quarter-finalist at Wimbledon.

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Sela managed to end his drought at the start of the third set when he broke Rafa but his lead was a short-lived one, getting broken in the next game when his forehand landed long. It was only Nadal's 12th match at Wimbledon.

The eyebrow-raising new look was a result of switching apparel sponsors to Japanese clothing company Uniqlo, despite the Swiss star's name having been synonymous with Nike ever since winning his first Grand Slam title at Wimbledon in 2003.

"I didn't want to give him an opportunity to come back to the match". "I don't go out there expecting to "do well" or 'see what happens.' That's just not me".

One year on however, and Tomic had a far less turbulent start to his Wimbledon fortnight.

Lopez's reward for victory will be to face Juan Martin del Potro in the second round, after the fifth seed eased past Germany's Peter Gojowczyk 6-3 6-4 6-3.

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Federer is looking for a record-extending ninth title at the All England Club but only needed to step onto the court to create a bit more history.

Federer, who is the first man in the Open era to play the singles tournament at Wimbledon for a 20th straight year, received a standing ovation after taking his first match point to complete an emphatic job in 79 minutes.

The weight of expectation sat lightly on the shoulders of Kyle Edmund as he breezed into the second round with victory over Australian Alex Bolt.

Although Uniqlo has not revealed the deal value of Federer's new contract, sports website ESPN has reported that the new partnership amounts to $300 million over the next 10 years and is reportedly more lucrative than the player's contract with Nike. The 20-year-old underlined his class with a run to his first Wimbledon final, but he wasn't quite ready to take down defending champion Federer, who won 6-0, 7-6, 6-7, 6-3 to avenge his defeat to Nadal in Paris just weeks earlier.

Nick Kyrgios set a new personal record of 41 aces as he dispatched Denis Istomin in four sets to reach the second round.

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But the north Londoner returned to court after a ten-minute break before sealing the set 6-2.