Federer, Wawrinka roll in Wimbledon openers
06/23/2014 10:33 AM
06/24/2014 10:29 AM
Wimbledon, England (SportsNetwork.com) - Swiss stars Roger Federer and Stan Wawrinka were a pair of opening-round winners Tuesday at Wimbledon.
The fourth-seeded former world No. 1 Federer improved to 68-8 lifetime at The Championships with a comprehensive 6-1, 6-1, 6-3 handling of Italian Paolo Lorenzi on the No. 1 Court at the All England Club. Federer broke Lorenzi six times, while the Italian went 0-for-5 on his break chances.
The 32-year-old 17-time Grand Slam king Federer, who titled on grass in Halle two weeks ago, is a seven-time Wimbledon champ and former runner-up here.
The fifth-seeded Wawrinka, meanwhile, avoided another first-round exit at tennis' most prestigious event, as the Swiss strongman defeated Portugal's Joao Sousa 6-3, 6-4, 6-3 to reach the second round for the first time since 2011.
Wawrinka fired 18 aces and dropped only seven points on his first serve in the 1-hour, 35-minute match.
The reigning Australian Open champ was stunned by Guillermo Garcia-Lopez in the first round of the French Open last month and suffered opening-round Wimbledon setbacks the previous two years.
Tenth-seeded Japanese Kei Nishikori and 14th-seeded French star Jo-Wilfried Tsonga also moved on.
Nishikori committed only nine unforced errors in a 6-4, 7-6 (7-5), 7-5 victory over France's Kenny De Schepper, while the two-time Wimbledon semifinalist Tsonga quickly closed out a five-set victory over Austrian Jurgen Melzer. Tsonga was up 5-4 in the deciding set when the match was suspended on Monday because of rain. He completed a 6-1, 3-6, 3-6, 6-2, 6-4 win with a love service game on Day 2.
Also, Serb Dusan Lajovic took out a 28th-seeded Garcia-Lopez, 7-6 (7-5), 6-2, 3-6, 3-6, 6-3.
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