Roger Federer began his title defense in grand style as he defeated Victor Hanescu 6-3, 6-2, 6-0 in 69 minutes. The Swiss Maestro looked in complete control as he cruised past the 48th ranked Romanian to set up a 2nd round clash vs Ukrainian world number 116 Sergiy Stakhovsky.
Federer started with a comfortable hold & broke Hanescu's service in the very next game to lead 2-0. That one break was enough for the Swiss Maestro as he won the first set 6-3 in 24 minutes losing just 1 point on his service. Federer's service looked penetrative and the Romanian had absolutely no answers. Federer had 12 winners to 4 Unforced Errors in the first set.
The Swiss Maestro broke the Romanian's service in the very first game and then comfortably held his service to get to a 2-0 lead. Federer then again broke Hanescu's service to get to a 3-0 lead. Federer then consolidated the double break to get to a 4-0 lead. Hanescu managed to get on the board by holding his service in the 5th game and the next 3 games went on serve as Federer served out the set 6-2 with an ace in 27 minutes.
Federer lost just 5 points on his service in this set and his game looked absolutely flawless.
The 3rd set went from bad to worst from Hanescu as he had no answers to Federer's flawless returns & shots as the Swiss Maestro broke Hanescu's service in the 1st, 3rd & 5th game to comfortably win the 3rd set 6-0 in 18 minutes.
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Federer's 32 winners to 6 Unforced errors & the fact that he won 84% of the points while approaching the net is a big enough proof that he is still one of the clear favorites.
The end scoreline read 6-3, 6-2, 6-0 as the match looked like a clinic from the Swiss Maestro.
Federer in his post match interview stated "I've won Wimbledon a few times now but it still feels special," he said.
"I still enjoy myself in the first round and it's a pleasure playing on centre court again this year.
"I thought it was a good first round for me. I'm very happy. Conditions are pretty cold but it releases some of the pressure now."
Here is the video of the post match interview -----
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