Federer reaches third round at Wimbledon

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London, July 7 (IANS) Seven-time champion Roger Federer advanced into the third round at Wimbledon with a straight set victory over Serbia’s Dusan Lajovic here.

Federer, who turns 36 next month, won 7-6 (0), 6-3, 6-2 on Thursday at Centre Court in the evening light of Day Four, Xinhua news agency reported.

Lajovic, ranked 79th in the world, broke Federer first to take a 2-0 lead. But Federer broke back soon and the pair then headed to the tie-break, which Federer dominated 7-0.

He kept up that pressure in the second set, bullying the 27-year-old and eventually breaking him to take a 3-1 lead.

The 18-time Grand Slam champion did not look back and took the win easily.

“I struggled early on,” Federer said. “I couldn’t get rid of the nerves. It was a pity I couldn’t hold my serve. Even though I got back into the game after that because I broke him, I just struggled in that first set. After that I was happy to get rid of the nerves, just to play some free tennis, more inspired and at the end it was actually pretty good.”

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Federer will next face Germany’s 27th seed Mischa Zverev.

–IANS

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