Wimbledon 2018: Federer enters third round


The American has made short work of her first two opponents and, although she will not admit it, the steady trickle of seeds going out has made the prospect of an eighth title a genuine one, less than 10 months after giving birth to her daughter.

Germany's Tatjana Maria enjoyed the most surprising success with a 7-6, 4-6, 6-1 victory over fifth seed Elina Svitolina to the delight of her four-year-old Charlotte.

Those who have spent enough time in the Wimbledon press conference room will remember when Roger Federer used to speak of his ambition to keep playing until the London Olympics.

She is now the only woman left in the draw who has won the trophy at the All England Club, after her older sister, five-time champion Venus, lost to No. 20 Kiki Bertens 6-2, 6-7 (5), 8-6 on Friday, joining defending champion Garbine Muguruza, two-time victor Petra Kvitova and 2004 champ Maria Sharapova as Week 1 departures.

"The thing about being pregnant and coming back is such a powerful thing now, and I think it's an advantage, in a way", Azarenka said.

"I'm just very pleased that I found a way in that first set, then also stayed calm in the second set, regardless that I had maybe missed opportunities".

'But I think if he believes he can beat Roger on grass, I think he can do it, because the game is big.

"It's been good. I've never fallen out of love with the sport".

The win means the eight-time champion has racked up 26 consecutive sets at Wimbledon in a run of nine successive wins spread over this year and last. "First main draw slam win, first top 50 win & into the top 200 for the first time".

Federer displayed some flawless tennis to comfortably despatch Lukas Lacko 6-4, 6-4, 6-1 in just 89 minutes. I thought I did very well today. He lost the 2016 final to Andy Murray and reached the quarterfinals previous year.

Russian world No 35 Makarova secured victory on her sixth match point after allowing Wozniacki to claw her way back from 5-1 down in the decider.

"I am happy to be able to play in the third round tomorrow".

It is not yet known who Federer will face but he said he is "looking forward" to the next stage in the competition.

Slipping and sliding to defeat after defeat, the top 10 seeds in the women's singles nearly entirely made a bodge of the first three rounds. I felt my mind go, you know, and move on.

After two and a half days of blistering sunshine at Wimbledon, there was rain on day three.

The seven-time champion's life is still a blur of nappies and interrupted sleep, but that didn't stop her grinding out a 7-5, 6-3 win over Holland's Arantxa Rus in the first round.

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