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It's just a walk in the park for Federer

Swiss ace starts his quest for an eighth Wimbledon crown with quick-fire win over a player with the second-worst record in grand slam history

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 25 June, 2014, 12:23am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 25 June, 2014, 12:23am
 

The man with the most major titles in tennis came up against the player with the second-worst record in grand slam history.

So it was no surprise that Roger Federer strolled to a 6-1, 6-1, 6-3 victory on Tuesday over Paolo Lorenzi, a one-sided encounter that gave the Swiss star a quick workout to start his quest for an eighth Wimbledon crown and 18th grand slam championship.

Federer lost in the second round last year to No 116 Sergei Stakhovsky, but was never in danger against the 83rd-ranked Italian.

The fourth-seeded Federer served nine aces, saved all five break points against him and broke Lorenzi six times.

You want to be eager to play, motivated, not wanting to underestimate anybody and win the tournament and that's why I'm here
Roger Federer

The only suspense came near the end of the match when Lorenzi saved five match points while serving at 2-5 in a game that went to eight deuces. Federer held serve in the next game, finishing the match with an ace.

"I thought I played very well, served well, played the transition game, came to the net," Federer said. "You want to be eager to play, motivated, not wanting to underestimate anybody and win the tournament and that's why I'm here."

Federer and Lorenzi are both 32, but that's where the similarities end. For the Italian, the loss extended his career grand slam record to 0-13. Only one player, Juan-Antonio Marin of Costa Rica, has a worse record, with no wins and 17 losses.

Earlier, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga needed just four points and two minutes to advance and Stan Wawrinka swept through in straight sets.

Tsonga, the 14th-seeded Frenchman, had been set to serve for the match at 5-4 in the fifth set against Austria's Jurgen Melzer when rain forced a suspension of the match on Monday.

Tsonga, a two-time semifinalist at Wimbledon, came back out onto Court 1 on Tuesday afternoon and barely broke a sweat. He held serve at love and finished with his 20th ace to complete a 6-1, 3-6, 3-6, 6-2, 6-4 victory.

Tsonga spent more time signing autographs after the match than he did on court on Tuesday against Melzer.

Australian Open champion Wawrinka, meanwhile, served 18 aces and cruised to a 6-3, 6-4, 6-3 win over Joao Sousa of Portugal.

The fifth-seeded Swiss player was coming off a first-round loss at the French Open in his first grand slam since winning his first major at Melbourne in January. It was also Wawrinka's first win since 2011 at the All England Club, where he had lost in the opening round the past two years.

No 10 Kei Nishikori was a straight-set winner over Kenny de Schepper.

Normally, the reigning women's champion would play the day's opening match on Centre Court. But Marion Bartoli retired shortly after winning last year's title, leaving the honour to runner-up Sabine Lisicki.

The 19th-seeded German fared much better in her return to Centre Court, needing just 57 minutes to put away Julia Glushko of Israel 6-2, 6-1. As if she needed any help, Lisicki benefited from a net cord on the final point, holding up her arms in apology but also smiling in victory.

"Such a huge honour to play out there in the first match today," Lisicki said. "It is such a special place for me."

Fifth seed Maria Sharapova of Russia easily accounted for Samantha Murray of Britain 6-1, 6-0.

Other early women's winners included No 4 Agnieszka Radwanska, who completed a 6-2, 6-1 victory over Andreea Mitu of Romania. Radwanska led 4-2 when rain stopped play on Monday.

Caroline Wozniacki reeled off four consecutive games to complete a 6-3, 6-0 win over Israel's Shahar Peer in another rain-suspended match.

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