Wimbledon, England (Sports Network) - Reigning champion and seven-time overall winner Roger Federer was first up on Centre Court Monday and cruised to an easy opening-round victory at The Championships, Wimbledon.
The third-seeded former world No. 1 star leveled Romanian veteran Victor Hanescu 6-3, 6-2, 6-0 in a mere 69 minutes on the famed grass at the All England Club. Federer struck seven aces, broke Hanescu six times and held his quality serve throughout the brief affair.
The 17-time Grand Slam king Federer beat British favorite Andy Murray in last year's Wimbledon final to tie Pete Sampras for the most men's titles here in the Open Era.
Federer's second-round opponent on Wednesday will be Ukrainian Sergiy Stakhovsky.
In other Day-1 action involving seeds, No. 25 Benoit Paire of France topped Romanian Adrian Ungur 6-4, 4-6, 6-3, 6-1 and veteran Austrian left-hander Jurgen Melzer upended No. 30 Italian Fabio Fognini 6-7 (5-7), 7-5, 6-3, 6-2.
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