Wednesday 17 January 2018

Roger Federer clinches Wimbledon record with first round win over Alexandr Dolgopolov

Roger Federer of Switzerland acknowledges the crowd as he walks onto court prior to the during the Gentlemen's Singles first round match against Alexandr Dolgopolov of Ukraine on day two of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 4, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)
Roger Federer of Switzerland acknowledges the crowd as he walks onto court prior to the during the Gentlemen's Singles first round match against Alexandr Dolgopolov of Ukraine on day two of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 4, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)

Eleanor Crooks

Roger Federer reached the second round of Wimbledon for the 15th consecutive year after opponent Alexandr Dolgopolov retired during the second set.

In what was a near repeat of the previous match on Centre Court, when Martin Klizan pulled the plug against Novak Djokovic, Dolgopolov retired with an ankle injury when trailing 6-3 3-0.

The victory means Federer has moved ahead of Jimmy Connors with his 85th match win at Wimbledon - the most of the open era.

The Swiss, who next plays either Dusan Lajovic or Stefanos Tsitsipas, is the favourite to win a record eighth title at the All England Club.

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