Roger Federer overcomes sloppy start to book place in Wimbledon third round

Roger Federer overcomes sloppy start to book place in Wimbledon third round

Roger Federer overcomes sloppy start to book place in Wimbledon third round

However, he doesn't have the same benefits of geography or personality to his big-name rivals. "I was just there supporting my wife", said Federer. I don't feel like the end is anywhere near.

'And he knows I've got his back.

No-one tends to mess with seven-time victor Federer though, whose image is a squeaky clean as his tennis whites. In fact, the 27-year-old has won just three matches on the surface throughout his career - two of them this year.

Seven-time Wimbledon champion eased into the third round of the men's singles at Wimbledon after registering a straight-set win over his Serbian opponent Dusan Lajovic on Friday at All England Tennis and Croquet Club.

"I started slow early on, I couldn't get rid of the nerves and struggled to find my rhythm", Federer told the BBC. "The stuff you can't control we are starting to forget about - like the courts, the wind, bad calls or anything else", he said. "I'm already enjoying the process very much, especially in the last couple of months even though results haven't been up to the standard that I've had in the last seven-eight years", the second-seed said.

Novak Djokovic says he does not "know on what basis" three-time Wimbledon champion John McEnroe likened him to golf star Tiger Woods.

He now holds none - and before last year's US Open admitted that personal problems had surfaced in his life. Federer's Swiss compatriot Stan Wawrinka - the only player to seriously threaten to upset tennis' established order in recent years - was knocked out in the first round.

At Centre Court on Tuesday, Federer and Djokovic had an easy go of things. Embed from Getty Images They sell used balls here at a quid a pop but the ones used in this hard-hitting encounter will only be good for... The Serbian took a little over an hour-and-a-half to dump the Czech out of the All-England Club, and he will hope to avoid a repeat of a year ago, when Sam Querrey knocked him out at the same stage.

Collette Sherratt, 54, a spectator who traveled from Manchester, England, to attend the tournament for the first time, sure felt that way.

Djokovic was taking on plenty of water during each short break between games as the heat prompted some in the crowd to raise umbrellas to deflect the sun rays. Embed from Getty Images These early rounds can be a little predictable and that's just for those asking the questions. Seventh seed, Svetlana Kuznetsova is also through to the last 32 after a straight sets (6-0 7-5) win against fellow Russian Ekaterina Makarova. Another match ahead and another opponent to...

Novak Djokovic was exposed at Wimbledon yesterday.

Roger Federer has risen above mere mortals on Wimbledon's lawns over the past 14 years so it was nearly comforting to learn the king of cool had an attack of nerves before his second-round match on Thursday.

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