Tuesday 12 December 2017

Roger Federer romps to first round win at SW19

Switzerland's Roger Federer in action against Romania's Victor Hanescu today
Switzerland's Roger Federer in action against Romania's Victor Hanescu today

Simon Peach

Roger Federer opened up his Wimbledon defence and quest for a record eighth title by comprehensively defeating Victor Hanescu.

Dominating from the outset on Centre Court, the Swiss never looked in danger during his first match at the All England Club since losing to Andy Murray in the final of the London 2012 Olympics.

The 17-time major winner romped to victory in just one hour and eight minutes, beating Hanescu, ranked 45 places beneath him at 48th in the world rankings, 6-3 6-2 6-0.

Much tougher challenges await - notably a potential quarter-final clash with Rafael Nadal - but the manner of this afternoon's victory will have undoubtedly pleased the reigning champion.

It was always going to be a tricky afternoon for Hanescu and it got off to the worst possible start as Federer broke at the first opportunity.

It was a lead he never looked like relinquishing, dominating without pushing himself too hard.

The Romanian tried his utmost but paid for his failure to break Federer, who conceded just one point on serve as he took the first set in just 24 minutes.

The second set began very similarly to the first, with the Swiss breaking in the first game after the restart.

Federer, who recently won the Halle warm-up event, was nowhere near his supreme best but was still playing some wonderful shots, controlling proceedings with ease.

Hanescu was unable to cope and was broken again leaving him 3-0 down.

The Romanian showed little resistance and could do nothing to prevent Federer running through the set.

Federer again broke at the start of the third set and never looked back.

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