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Roger Federer blitzes Paolo Lorenzi at Wimbledon

Updated: Tuesday, 24 Jun 2014 17:14 | Comments

Roger Federer served nine aces in his first-round win Jo-Wilfried Tsonga wrapped up victory against Jurgen Melzer A groundsman marks the lines Federer blitzes Lorenzi at Wimbledon
Roger Federer served nine aces in his first-round win Jo-Wilfried Tsonga wrapped up victory against Jurgen Melzer A groundsman marks the lines

Roger Federer began his latest quest for a record eighth Wimbledon title in style by brushing aside Paolo Lorenzi in straight sets.

The Swiss grass-court master failed to reach the quarter-finals of a grand slam for the first time in a decade last summer in London, bombing out in the second round to Ukrainian Sergiy Stakhovsky.

The 32-year-old offered Italian Lorenzi zero chance of an upset at the All England Club on Tuesday though, easing through 6-1 6-1 6-3 in one hour and 33 minutes.

Federer was champion in 2012, seeing off Andy Murray for his seventh triumph.

The 17-time grand slam winner still harbours the clear desire to surpass Pete Sampras' seven Wimbledon victories, and while the challenges ahead will rise dramatically, this was a comfortable opening.

After claiming the title at Halle this month, he made short work of world number 83 Lorenzi, who remains without a main-draw singles victory at a grand slam event after 13 attempts.

Federer wasted little time hitting his Wimbledon stride, stalking Court One with trademark panache and verve - claiming the first set in 25 minutes.

The unfazed All England Club favourite broke Lorenzi twice in the opening exchange, firing an ace to seal the set after surviving three break points in the seventh game.

Federer's control hardly wavered, as he registered three service breaks to claim the second set with ease.

The decorated former champion wasted four match points in failing to steal a second break in the final set.

Summoning all his experience though, Federer served out for victory - typically closing with an ace.

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga knows he will have little time to dwell on securing his place in the second round.

The French 14th seed had been left frustrated by heavy late-evening rain which denied him the chance to serve for the match in an epic clash on Court One against Austrian Jurgen Melzer on Monday.

Tsonga was 6-1 3-6 3-6 6-2 5-4 in front when ominous dark clouds over south-west London delivered the downpour which finally brought play to a halt for the day just after 9pm.

However, Tsonga resumed in positive mood as the sun came out again, wrapping up the 10th game to love.

Tsonga will play Sam Querrey on Wednesday after the American came through in five sets against compatriot Bradley Klahn, in a match also held over from Monday night.

Elsewhere, fifth seed Stanislas Wawrinka finally returned to winning ways at SW19, the last coming in 2011, as the Swiss beat Joao Sousa of Portugal 6-3 6-4 6-3, while Japan's 10th seed Kei Nishikori defeated Kenny De Schepper of France 6-4 7-6 (7/5) 7-5.

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