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Federer & Murray progress with ease
02 Jul 2015 18:06
Roger Federer thrilled Centre Court with an outrageous lob as he moved effortlessly into the third round at Wimbledon with a 6-4 6-2 6-2 victory over American Sam Querrey.
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The highlight of a one-sided match was the audacious shot executed by the Swiss from behind his own baseline, slipping the racket between his legs to direct the ball over the head of the stranded Querrey.
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"It's rare that those shots happen so when they do you have to pull them off. If you don't win the point you do look a little bit silly," Federer said.
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"It was the perfect shot, I even had a little bit of time which allowed me to get into position. It just felt like I had time."
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Federer remains on course to become the first man in history to win eight Wimbledon titles, but far tougher challenges await in the draw than outclassed world number 36 Querrey.
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"I'm very happy with the way I've played in the first two matches so far," Federer said.
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"I've been playing well this season and have had a good run. There's a little relief that I'm actually playing well here at Wimbledon as well.
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"I had to work hard, Sam's a good player. The first set was tough and he was serving well and I didn't know how long he'd keep that up for."
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It took until the ninth game of the first set for Federer to break, although having raced into a 40-0 lead he then had to set up a fourth break point that he converted with a pinpoint backhand.
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A similar shot did for Querrey as the second set got underway, although this time Federer dispatched the ball on the volley, making a classy stroke appear simple.
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When Querrey sent a drop-shot wide, Federer had the break and in the seventh he struck again courtesy of his audacious lob, a lucky forehand that clipped the net and a wayward serve by his opponent.
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Once again Federer pounced in the opening game of a set, breaking Querrey with ease to all but end the American's hopes of completing a first victory over a top-10 opponent at a Grand Slam, and the end arrived quickly.
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Andy Murray hardly broke sweat as the British number one strolled into the third round with a straight-sets victory over Robin Haase.
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Murray was left unsatisfied by his battling first-round win over Mikhail Kukushkin on Tuesday but this was a near-faultless performance from the Scot, who cruised through 6-1 6-1 6-4.
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Italian 25th seed Andreas Seppi or Croatia's talented 18-year-old Borna Coric await in round three, as Murray continues his bid for a second title at the All England Club.
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Dutchman Haase, ranked 78th in the world, pushed Murray to his physical limits in an exhausting battle at last year's US Open and took him to five sets at the same tournament in 2011.
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There was little sign of a similar marathon unfolding early on, however, as Murray stamped his mark on the match with some brilliant shot-making in front of an enthralled home crowd.
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A long forehand gave Murray an early break in the third game before an instinctive backhand pass and a beautifully placed lob secured a second break and a 4-1 lead.
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Haase was simply unable to keep up, as another forehand long allowed Murray to seal the set with a third break in just 19 minutes.
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Grass is a surface on which Haase is usually comfortable, but the 28-year-old seemed lost in the face of Murray's variety and speed of thought.
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An instant break in the second set opened up a 3-0 lead, and while a temporary lapse in concentration offered Haase a chance to break back, he failed to capitalise, and Murray broke again to clinch the second set.
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Outclassed for the best part of 50 minutes, Haase threw caution to the wind at the start of the third set, unleashing a thundering forehand winner, which was greeted with raptures of encouragement from his box.
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Even a few British voices were urging Haase on and the more aggressive approach paid dividends during a short spell of parity.
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For every winner from Haase, however, there was also an unforced error and Murray capitalised in the seventh game to claim another break.
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Haase continued to blast away until the end but Murray was more than able to keep up as a thumping backhand of his own sealed a comfortable victory in one hour and 28 minutes.
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