On-song Federer wastes little time

Wawrinka avoids sixth first-round loss
Last Updated : 24 June 2014, 16:50 IST
Last Updated : 24 June 2014, 16:50 IST

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Former champions littered Wimbledon's order of play, but it was Marion Bartoli who lit up proceedings first on Tuesday without having to wield a racket in anger.

Seven-time men's winner Roger Federer found himself booked on Court One, where he crushed Italian Paolo Lorenzi 6-1, 6-1, 6-3 while 2002 championLleyton Hewitt grafted away on an outside court to seal his place in the second round.Maria Sharapova, bidding for a French Open and Wimbledon double, ended the hopes of a British player named Murray – Samantha being no relation to men's singles champion Andy. The Russian crushed the local girl's hopes 6-1, 6-0.

With Marion Bartoli now retired, last year's runner-up Sabine Lisicki was asked to perform the stand-in role. The German obliged beautifully, easing past Israel's Julia Glushko 6-2, 6-1.

It was men's fourth seed Federer who stole the show, again proving he remains a force to be reckoned with at the home of grasscourt tennis. The dashing Swiss produced some dazzling moments to outclass felow 32-year-old Lorenzi.

Federer did stutter in the penultimate game, wasting five match points before putting his opponent out of his misery to claim his 269th Grand Slam match victory and leave the hapless Italian still hunting his first.

Fellow Swiss Stanislas Wawrinka can only marvel at Federer's feats at Wimbledon, but the fifth seed at least managed to avoid a sixth first-round exit on Tuesday, overpowering Portuguese claycourt specialist Joao Sousa 6-3, 6-4, 6-3."It's a quicker surface. It's a surface if you are not completely confident and relaxed with your game, you have some problems," said the winner of this year's Australian Open.

In the women's draw American Madison Keys, tipped as a dark horse for the title after winning in Eastbourne last week, cruised past Puerto Rico's Monica Puig, while 2012 runner-up Agnieszka Radwanska, the fourth seed, had little trouble against Romanian Andreea Mitu. Former world No.1 Caroline Wozniacki, seeded 16, beat Shahar Peer 6-3, 6-0.  

Somdev exits

Somdev Devvarman battled hard for more than three hours but had to swallow yet another bitter first-round defeat as he bowed out of after losing his marathon opening match to 15th seeded Polish Jerzy Janowicz.

Somdev’s 6-4, 3-6, 3-6, 6-3, 3-6 defeat was his 10th first round defeat in his last 13 tournaments as he has been struggling since winning the Delhi Open in February.In all three Grand Slams this season, Somdev has failed to cross the first round.

Results (first round, prefix denotes seedings): Men: 30-Marcel Granollers (Esp) bt Nicolas Mahut (Fra) 6-4, 7-6 (8-6), 6-7 (7-9), 6-4; 15-Jerzy Janowicz (Pol) bt Somdev Devvarman (Ind) 4-6, 6-3, 6-3, 3-6, 6-3; Dusan Lajovic (Srb) bt 28-Guillermo Garcia-Lopez (Esp) 7-6 (7-5), 6-2, 3-6, 3-6, 6-3; Lleyton Hewitt (Aus) bt Michal Przysiezny (Pol) 6-2, 6-7 (14-16), 6-1, 6-4; Sam Querrey (US) bt Bradley Klahn (US) 6-7 (5-7), 6-4, 6-1, 7-5; Denis Kudla (US) bt Marsel Ilhan (Tur) 7-6 (7-3), 6-4, 4-6, 7-5; Lu Yen-Hsun (Tai) bt Aleksandr Nedovyesov (Kaz) 6-4, 4-6, 6-4, 1-6, 6-1; Lukasz Kubot (Pol) bt Jan-Lennard Struff (Ger) 7-6 (8-6), 6-4, 6-4; Nick Kyrgios (Aus) bt Stephane Robert (Fra) 7-6 (7-2,) 7-6 (7-1), 6-7(6-8), 6-2; 10-Kei Nishikori (Jpn) bt Kenny De Schepper (Fra) 6-4, 7-6 (7-5), 7-5; 5-Stanislas Wawrinka (Sui) bt Joao Sousa (Por) 6-3, 6-4, 6-3; Santiago Giraldo (Col) bt Daniel Gimeno-Traver (Esp) 6-1, 7-5, 6-0; 14-Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (Fra) bt Jurgen Melzer (Aut) 6-1, 3-6, 3-6, 6-2, 6-4.

Women: Timea Bacsinszky (Sui) bt Sharon Fichman (Can) 6-1, 6-3; Karolina Pliskova (Cze) bt Karin Knapp (Ita) 6-7 (4-7), 6-4, 10-8; 4-Agnieszka Radwanska (Po) bt Andreea Mitu (Rou) 6-2, 6-1;      19-Sabine Lisicki (Ger) bt Julia Glushko (Isr) 6-2, 6-1; 16-Caroline Wozniacki (Den) bt Shahar Peer (Isr) 6-3, 6-0; Irina Begu (Rou) bt Virginie Razzano (Fra) 1-6, 6-4, 7-5; 25-Alize Cornet (Fra) bt Anna Karolina Schmiedlova (Svk) 4-6, 6-4, 6-2; 20-Andrea Petkovic (Ger) bt Katarzyna Piter (Pol) 6-1, 6-4.

Published 24 June 2014, 16:50 IST

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