Federer eases into 3rd round at Wimbledon


The Australian Open champion went out before the third round for the fourth time in seven years, losing 6-4, 1-6, 7-5 to Ekaterina Makarova of Russian Federation after complaining to the chair umpire about the insects that invaded No. 1 court during the second set.

Makarova, three days short of her 30th birthday, broke early to take command of the first set.

World No. 1 Roger Federer cruised to a straight set victory against Lukas Lacko on Wednesday to advance to the third round at Wimbledon.

The 36-year-old is now on his joint second longest streak of sets won at Wimbledon - his best was 34 between the third round in 2005 to the 2006 final.

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Federer again opted to skip the clay-court season to prepare himself for Wimbledon and will take some stopping as he goes in search of a 99th tournament triumph at the All England Club.

The Swiss defending champion was at his breathtaking best as he crafted 48 exquisite winners during a 90-minute 6-4 6-4 6-1 victory on Wednesday that seemed more an exhibition of his shot-making than a charge towards a record ninth Wimbledon title.

Williams was almost as good, losing just five of 32 points on her first serve in a 6-1, 6-4 win over Viktoriya Tomova. The Italian served well right from the start but Stan missed a huge chance to close the opening set in the tie break, wasting four set points at 6-2 and dropping seven of the last eight points to hand the set to his rival.

He said he "felt good" and "less nervous" than he did in his previous match, his first-round win over Dušan Lajović on Monday.

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"I played very well".

"I am happy with how I am hitting the ball and concentration on my own service games and I am able to mix it up on return". Up next she'll play Yanina Wickmayer, who moved past Andrea Petkovic 6-4, 6-3. Riske and Savchuk lead 7-6 (5), 2-6, 3-2 in a match scheduled to conclude on Thursday.

Former world number one Mats Wilander believes the men's game could use a few more seismic shocks and thinks a reduction to 16 seeds from 32 next year could help.

"It was better than the first round".

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Karolina Pliskova advanced to the third round for the first time with a 6-3, 6-3 victory over Victoria Azarenka.