Wimbledon, England (Sports Network) - Roger Federer cruised into the third
round, while three-time runner-up Andy Roddick notched an opening-round
victory Wednesday at Wimbledon.
Playing in front of Prince Charles and his wife, Camilla, the Duchess of
Cornwall, the third-seeded Federer, a six-time Wimbledon champion, gained a
6-1, 6-3, 6-2 victory over Italian Fabio Fognini on the famed Centre Court.
The super Swiss fired 13 aces and needed 1 hour, 14 minutes to swiftly advance
to the next round, where the 16-time major champ will meet either 29th-seeded
Frenchman Julien Benneteau or American journeyman Michael Russell on the
hallowed lawns at the All England Club.
The Prince of Wales, who applauded Federer after his Day-3 victory, had not
attended Wimbledon since 1970.
Federer also kept up his incredible second-round streak, having never lost in
that round at a Grand Slam. The last time he failed to reach the third round
at a major was when he fell in the opening round at the 2003 French Open.
The 30-year-old Federer is in a bid to tie William Renshaw and Pete Sampras'
record of seven Wimbledon titles, but his last major championship came in 2010
at the Australian Open.
The 30th-seeded Roddick needed two days to beat Scotland's Jamie Baker,
7-6 (7-1), 6-4, 7-5, in a match that was suspended because of rain on Tuesday.
The American advanced in three hours with the help of 14 aces and was not
broken in the predictable match.
The former world No. 1 Roddick is a former U.S. Open champ who has lost to
Federer in a trio of Wimbledon finales.
Up next for Roddick will be speedy German Bjorn Phau.
Meanwhile, 15th-seeded Argentine Juan Monaco beat Frenchman Jeremy Chardy 6-2,
3-6, 6-3, 7-6 (7-0) and 31st-seeded Florian Mayer topped fellow German Philipp
Petzschner 3-6, 3-6, 6-4, 6-2, 6-4 in second-round play. Petzschner was a
runner-up in the Netherlands last week.
Seventh-seeded Spaniard David Ferrer finished off a rain-suspended opening-
round match by besting German Dustin Brown 7-6 (7-5), 6-4, 6-4.
In other first-round action involving seeds, No. 21 Canadian Milos Raonic
downed Colombian Santiago Giraldo 6-4, 6-4, 6-4 and Austrian lefthander
Jurgen Melzer ousted No. 25 Swiss Stanislas Wawrinka 3-6, 7-6 (7-2), 2-6, 6-4,
8-6. The rising Raonic needed only 80 seconds to advance on Wednesday after
his match was suspended on Tuesday night.
Additional opening-round wins came for Phau, 6-foot-10 Croat Ivo Karlovic,
and Pole Lukasz Kubot.
The Sports Network