Roger Federer made a comfortable start to his quest for an 8th Wimbledon crown Tuesday on Centre Court. The sold out crowd watched the Swiss maestro sweep past Damir Dzumhur in just over an hour, 6-1 6-3 6-3. The 33-year-old Swiss never faced a break point, served six aces, and had 26 winners for the match. Behind his reliable serving, Federer came to net often, winning 22 of 33 points in the front court. He converted five of ten break point opportunities.
With a clinical performance, the 17-time grand slam champion was pleased to advance to the second round, where he will face American Sam Querrey.
“[The grass] changes as the tournament progresses,” commented Federer. “It’s easier to move once you enter, I’d say, third round. Then especially the second week, just because of the used bit in the back, you have more grip, whereas in the beginning of the tournament it’s softer, it’s more slippery where the green patches are.”
“[Playing on Centre Court] is exciting. It’s a privilege to be there,” added Federer. “I was trying to think how many times I’ve played there now. I don’t know. I know it’s been often. Still, every time it feels like it’s a special occasion, for sure.”
Source: ATP World Tour
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