Wimbledon day 3 – Men’s Championship
Roger Federer showed imperial form on the grass with a 6-4, 6-4, 6-1 rout of Lucas Lacko as the Swiss strengthened his bid for a ninth Wimbledon title. The win kept the Swiss top seed on track as he looks towards a 99th career title and 21st at the Grand Slams.
“I played very well, felt good out there,” Federer said after finishing with 48 winners and just 11 unforced errors. “I had less nerves than in the first round, I’m happy with how I’m hitting the ball.
“I had good concentration on my service games and was mixing it up well. I knew he can play well on grass – I needed to put him away. it worked out well today.
[quote] “Not wasting energy in the first few matches is good, Im’ happy, the team is happy; we’re looking forward to the third round now.”[/quote]
Federer needed a single break in each of the first two sets against the Slovak, breaking to start the third in a sprint to the finishing line.
Lacko put in the hard yards on grass running up to the major, playing in four events on the surface and reaching the Eastbourne final.
But disrupting Federer’s game was well out of range for the No. 73 without a career trophy at age 30. The straight-set success gives the 36-year-old a run of 26 consecutive sets won at Wimbledon.
Former finalist Milos Raonic sent off Australian John Millman 7-6(4), 7-6(4), 7-6(4) with the Canadian regaining his form after withdrawing hurt form the Queen’s club warm-up a few weeks ago.
[quote] “I feel good, the body has behaved. Obviously we are very cautious with it, because it’s tough to ask the body to stop and start all the time,” said the oft-injured Raonic, seeded 13th.[/quote]
“We pay a lot more attention with the treatments after matches, after practices, we are spending a lot of time just to negate anything from coming up. I’m moving well on court, doing things well.
“Hopefully my body allows me to play plenty of tennis.”
French 11th seed Lucas Pouille was knocked out by Austrian Dennis Novak , who won a 6-4, 6-2, 6-7(8), 3-6, 6-2 marathon lasting for almost three hours.
Pouille stands more than 150 places higher than No. 171 Novak, who handed the Frenchman his fourth Grand Slam loss against a qualifier out of eight matches.
Gael Monfils earned a French win, beating Paolo Lorenzi 3-6, 6-3, 7-6(5), 7-6(3).