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04 July, 2018, 00:34 | Author: Rachael Silva
  • Roger Federer

The world number two and eight-time Wimbledon champion - who is seeded number one at the tournament - kicked off his title defense with a 6-1, 6-3, 6-4 win over 58th-ranked Serb Dusan Lajovic.

Nadal is bidding to win Roland Garros and Wimbledon in the same year for the third time. I've had a great relationship over the last 20 years. "I remember I struggled early on a lot", said Federer, who hardly broke sweat in the 30C heat.

Swiss tennis icon Roger Federer made his Wimbledon 2018 debut donning Uniqlo, a Japanese clothing company brand, indicating the end of a partnership with Nike.

The same obviously applies at Wimbledon, but he feels that the Queen's experience has prepared him for the adjustment to grass and for all that there was natural nervousness, he could not have reacquainted himself with the surface more comfortably, always in control of the match, but getting some better competition from his opponent after a one-sided opening set.

Croatia's Donna Vekic sent the first top seed tumbling out of Wimbledon yesterday when she beat a rusty and out-of-sorts Sloane Stephens 6-1, 6-3 to claim her biggest career victory.

The US Open will have a shot clock for this year's tournament with Wimbledon poised to follow suit.

Lopez's first Grand Slam appearance came in 2001 when he got thrashed by Carlos Moya in the French Open first round.

"In truth, we all want that Roger-Rafa final", she added.


Federer confirmed his switch from the USA sportswear brand to Uniqlo on the first day of Wimbledon by walking out to play in his new outfit but remained in personalised Wimbledon Nike trainers as he beat Dusan Lajovic in straight sets on Monday.

The Swiss had lost his last four matches against Dimitrov, a semifinalist in 2014.

Last year's runner-up Marin Cilic was also a comfortable victor, beating Yoshihito Nishioka of Japan 6-1 6-4 6-4.

He is moving like a champion in the making and had way too much game for the Australian James Duckworth, who survived for only an hour and a half as the No 4 seed steamrollered him 7-5, 6-2, 6-0.

Djokovic, 31, is seeded 12th here - his lowest Wimbledon seeding - but after a problematic 12 months since pulling out of last year's tournament with an elbow injury there are signs that the former world number one is coming back to form.

Serena's fellow tennis-playing mother, Victoria Azarenka, a former world number one and two-time semi-finalist, defeated Ekaterina Alexandrova of Russian Federation 7-6 (7/4), 6-3. I think it's just a new year, it's a new field.

Instead it was a familiar tale of woe for the 21-year-old 16th seed as he was outplayed in the first round by Russian Daniil Medvedev 7-6 (6), 6-2, 6-2.

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