Wimbledon: Federer, Nadal Advance Into Second Round

Swiss fourth seed Roger Federer claimed a comfortable win over Paolo Lorenzi to advance into the second round at Wimbledon on Tuesday.

The 17-time Grand Slam winner, in the quest for an eight title at the All England club saw off Italy’s Lorenzi 6-1, 6-1, 6-3.

“Getting the first one out of the way is always a good feeling,” said Federer.

Federer will next face either Gilles Muller of Luxembourg or Frenchman Julian Benneteau.

“I thought I played well, got a lot of breaks and served well.

“Walking down the tunnel I felt relaxed and happy to go on court but once you step out there you are ready and you do feel some pressure.”

Two-time champion Rafael Nadal proved too good for Martin Klizan, as he claimed his 700 victory at Tour level. The Spaniard became the 11th player to reach the landmark.

Nadal fought back from losing the opening set to the Slovak to a 4-6, 6-3, 6-3, 6-3. He will be up against the man who beat him at the SW19 two years ago Lukas Rosol in round two.

Rafael Nadal React to His First Round Win Over Martin Klizan.
Rafael Nadal React to His First Round Win Over Martin Klizan.

“My Lukas Rosol is a very dangerous player,” Nadal told BBC Sport. “Very strong and powerful. I will have to play very well if I am to win.”

Czech Republic’s Rosol beat Frenchman Bennoit Paire 3-6, 6-3, 6-7 (5-7), 4-6 in the first round.

Swiss number one Stanislas Wawrinka also claimed a straight set win over Portugal’s Joao Sousa.

The Australian Open champions, seeded fifth, beat the world number 41, 6-3, 6-4, 6-3.

Elsewhere, eighth seed Canadian Milos Raonic, tenth seed Kei Nishijori of Japan and 14th seed Jo Wilfried Tsonga all advanced to the second round.

Raonic beat Australia’s Matthew Ebden 6-2, 6-4, 6-4 while Nishikori was better than Kenny De Schepper of France in a match that ended 6-4, 7-6 (7-5), 7-5.

Tsonga battled out a five-set win over Austrian Jurgen Melzer.

The Frenchman had led his Austrian opponent 5-4 in the deciding set when play was suspended on Monday evening.

He later sealed a 6-1, 3-6, 3-6, 6-2, 6-4 victory in the early hours of Tuesday.

Australian Lleyton Hewitt, playing in his 16th Wimbledon at the age of 33, progressed to the second round after overcoming Poland’s Michal Przysiezny 6-2, 6-7 (14-16), 6-1, 6-4.