Devastating Federer Cruises Into Second Round
by ATP Staff|
Seven-time former champion Roger Federer produced a devastating display of power tennis on Tuesday, when he opened his campaign at The Championships by beating fellow 32-year-old Paolo Lorenzi 6-1, 6-1, 6-3 in one hour and 33 minutes.
Federer, who is coached by two-time former Wimbledon titlist Stefan Edberg, won 30 of his 42 approaches to the net. He lost 10 of his first service points, hit 40 winners and committed 20 unforced errors. Lorenzi saved five match points at 2-5 in the third set. before Federer recorded his 68th match win at Wimbledon with a hold to 30.
"It was a solid match overall," said Federer. "I served well, returned well, also tried to come forward a bit. I could really do everything out there, so I'm very pleased with the first round."
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Federer is one of three men, aged 30 or over, to have lifted the Wimbledon trophy - Rod Laver (30 years 330 days) in 1969, Arthur Ashe (31 years 360 days) in 1975 and Federer (30 years 335 days) in 2012.
Last year’s semi-finalist Jerzy Janowicz fired 61 winners past Somdev Devvarman, who hit 14 aces, in a 4-6, 6-3, 6-3, 3-6, 6-3 win. Janowicz, the No. 15 seed, will now face 2002 champion Lleyton Hewitt, who battled past Michal Przysiezny 6-2, 6-7(14), 6-1, 6-4.
"Lleyton is really, really good player," said Janowicz. "He won Wimbledon, so he has a lot of experience. He's extremely solid. He has a great backhand. He doesn't miss much. He has a really nasty serve. Maybe not that powerful, but it's really accurate. So I'll have to play my best tennis."
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