Favorites Edit

Wimbledon 2014: Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal through to the second round

2.24K   //    25 Jun 2014, 02:30 IST
Roger Federer

London, June 25 (IANS) Seven-time champion Roger Federer and World No. 1 Rafael Nadal progressed to the second round at Wimbledon.

The Swiss fourth seed was barely troubled in a 6-1, 6-1, 6-3 win over Italian Paolo Lorenzi, a player who has never won a match at a Grand Slam in 13 attempts. On the other hand, Nadal was forced to work harder to beat dangerous Slovak Martin Klizan 4-6, 6-3, 6-3, 6-3. The Spaniard will face Lukas Rosol, who upset him in 2012, in the second round.

Federer, who finished his match with an ace and will next face either Gilles Muller of Luxembourg . He was happy with his effort.

"Getting the first one out of the way is always a good feeling. I thought I played well, got a lot of breaks and served well, " said the 32-year-old. 

The win for Nadal, who was beaten in the first round last year by Belgium's Steve Darcis, was his 700th win at the highest level. "It means I have had a very long and successful career and I am so happy for that, but the most important thing today was the win, " he said.

"I really know it is impossible to play my best in the first round. For sure the next round will be tough. The last three years I did not play much on grass and that affects your rhythm and confidence. "Lukas Rosol is a very dangerous player, very strong and powerful. I will have to play very well if I am to win."

Federer's compatriot Stan Wawrinka has a poor record on grass, losing in the first round in three of the last four years at Wimbledon.

But the Australian Open champion, seeded fifth, served solidly to come through 6-3, 6-4, 6-3 against World No. 41 Joao Sousa of Portugal.

 Eighth seed Milos Raonic from Canada, 10th seed Kei Nishikori of Japan and 14th seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga also advanced to the second round.