Monday 19 November 2018

Federer flawless in stroll

Roger Federer. Photo: Clive Mason/Getty Images
Roger Federer. Photo: Clive Mason/Getty Images

Samuel Lovett

It's a reality we've grown well accustomed to, but one that continues to defy belief.

Serving up yet another Centre Court spectacle, Roger Federer's dominance here at Wimbledon showed no signs of fading as he brushed past Slovakia's Lukas Lacko with a typically flawless display.

The result means the eight-time champion has now racked up 27 consecutive sets at SW19 in a run of nine successive wins that stretches back two years.

It was an effortless victory for the Swiss, who rarely looked to exert himself against the world No 44.

Winning 6-4, 6-4, 6-1 in 90 minutes, Federer showcased the best of his talents as he kept Lacko at arm's length with his impressive range of shots.

"I felt good, less nervous than in the first round," Federer said after the match.

"Lacko can play well on the grass, he's won his fair share of matches. Not wasting too much energy in the first matches is nice to have. From my end I'm very happy."

Meanwhile, a host of top names have fallen by the Wimbledon wayside but Serena and Venus Williams, with 12 titles behind them, moved ominously into round three.

Serena raced away with the first set and although Tomova, ranked 135 in the world, hung around slightly longer in the second, Serena completed a comprehensive 6-1, 6-4 win.

Meanwhile, Dulgheru took the opening set but Venus gathered herself before the restart. She promptly reeled off 12 of the next 13 games to wrap up a 4-6, 6-0, 6-1 victory. (© Independent News Servive)

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