Wimbledon 2017: Plain sailing for Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic into second round

Wimbledon 2017: Plain sailing for Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic into second round

Wimbledon 2017: Plain sailing for Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic into second round

Especially contrasting with Ken Rosewall, a player whose successful career was extensively mapped on either side of the Pre-Open and Open Era of the sport. It is, however, interesting to note that in spite of his record number of titles, Federer's percentage conversion of wins is second-only to Sampras - 72.7% to the American's 76.9%.

The world number three raced into a 6-3, 3-0 in 43 minutes on Centre Court before the Ukrainian limped off. "I just didn't feel ready to go yet".

This could be an historic two weeks for tennis and for Roger Federer as he attempts to be the first man to win eight Wimbledon singles titles. They had made their pilgrimage to the grandest arena in tennis in the hope of seeing the best players and had to settle for back-to-back call-offs.

Djokovic and Federer were aware the fans had been left short-changed by the two retirements and even suggesting they might come out again and play each other.

The ATP have introduced a rule this year whereby a player with an injury can pull out but still receive the first-round prize money.

"If I reach the final, I'd like to face a different opponent than Federer", said Nadal, who beat Federer in the 2008 final after defeats in 2006 and 2007.

"You would think that somebody who has played well, like Rafa (Nadal) on the clay courts, he would be feeling really good about his chances here and I'm sure he does feel that way".

Roger Federer's record-breaking 85th match win at Wimbledon did not require much work.

'You have a lot of players who fought their way to be in the Wimbledon main draw by playing Challengers, ' said Tipsarevic, 33. For that I need to be fast on my feet and quick in my mind.

Germany's Angelique Kerber in action against Irina Falconi of the United States during their first-round match at Wimbledon.

He hit nine winners and 15 unforced errors, including the dumped backhand to give up the first set inside half an hour and the double-fault for 0-2 in the second that precipitated his quickening descent.

Kerber was beaten by Serena Williams in the All England Club title match past year and is among the favourites to make it back to the final despite a rocky run in 2017. That's a system being employed on a trial basis this season on the ATP Tour - which doesn't run majors - and lets someone who lost in qualifying take the spot in the main draw of an injured player.

"Wimbledon is as open but with a little difference compared to Roland Garros and that's because grass is very special - it's a big advantage for those players whose games fit well with grass", Mouratoglou told the WTA website.

Dolgopolov, 28, will pose a significant test for the opening round as a former world number 13, who plays with an unusual mix of pace and spin. He arrived in SW19 with a hip injury and completed only two sets of his first round match with Frenchman Pierre-Hugues Herbert, losing both.

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