Federer Moves On When Opponent Retires In 2nd Set

05 July, 2017, 00:25 | Author: Douglas Reid
  • Federer beat Philippoussis in 2003 to win his first major title

"I know Kyle pretty well", said Ward.

"If it's just excruciating pain, okay, you can't play".

You would think that somebody who has played well, like Rafa [Nadal] on the clay courts, he would be feeling really good about his chances here and I'm sure he does feel that way.

He said later he joked with Federer in the locker room that maybe they should play a practice set to give the crowd some entertainment. "I support that kind of rule".

Federer, who hit his 10,000th career ace in the eighth game of the first set, will face either Dusan Lajovic for a place in the last 32. In this sport there's so much weight behind it and significance about it. The aura of Wimbledon has probably always been the strongest of any other tournament. Federer, an eight-time champion who followed on centre court and beat Alexandr Dolgopolov, leads the list with 315. "I just can't wait to get out there".

While tournament favourites Murray and Nadal cruised through to the second round, Wawrinka became the first big upset of the tournament, crashing out at the hands of 6-4, 3-6, 6-4, 6-1 at the hands of Russian Daniil Medvedev.

Surely, though, the fans thought, the sainted Federer would restore a semblance of decorum an a day of anarchy.

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Federer has defeated Dolgopolov in their previous three encounters and is a favourite to record another victory on Tuesday. He was broken in the first game of the second set and, minutes later, stopped.

"When I went out, I felt like there was a bit of a letdown from the crowd".

'At least they see the two of us who gave it all they had. However, their sojourn at Wimbledon got off on a similar note - Djokovic needed 40 minutes to reach the second round and Federer needed 44 minutes.

Djokovic, a three times Wimbledon champion, had taken the first set 6-3 before Klizan called the trainer on court to treat a leg injury.

The World No.4 and three-time Wimbledon victor Novak Djokovic faces a challenging start to his 2017 Wimbledon as he has been drawn against one of the most tricky of unseeded players in Martin Klizan. Those are scores relevant only to future trivia contests.

Bernard Tomic admitted on Tuesday that he had lost all motivation for tennis and couldn't care less if he won or lost as every single Australian crashed out of Wimbledon men's first round.

The opening match at Centre Court on Day 2 at Wimbledon traditionally features the women's victor from the previous year.

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