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Federer cruises to first-round Wimbledon win

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Roger Federer’s first test in defending his Wimbledon men's singles title was a smashing success as he defeated Serbian player Dusan Lajovic 6-1 6-3 6-4 in his first game of the 2018 championship. 

Lajovic, currently ranked 58th in the world, has been on tour since 2007 but has failed to make a dent in the professional ranks. His best finish in a Grand Slam event was reaching the fourth round of the 2014 French Open.

Prior to this match-up, the only other match between the two of them was at last year’s Wimbledon. Lajovic put up a good fight in the first set of the match by reaching a tiebreak, but Federer eventually asserted control of the match and quickly dispatched his foe in three sets.

Now playing in his 20th Wimbledon, Federer is currently in a career renaissance and looks to be at the peak of his powers yet again. There was no way Dusan Lajovic would get in the way of his pursuit for a ninth Wimbledon title.

From the beginning of this re-match, it was clear that Federer wanted to make quick work of his Serbian opponent. The world number 1 broke Lajovic’s serve in the third game of the match with a crisp backhand return up the line.

Lajovic’s crucial mistake of dumping an easy volley into the net caused him to lose his serve again and gift Federer the first set 6-1.

After jumping out to a 3-0 lead in the second set, Federer eased off the gas pedal and cruised to a 6-3 second set victory. In this set alone, the Swiss man hit 6 aces to Lajovic’s 0 and won 94% of the points on his first serve.   

The final set had a similar narrative to the second set. Federer saw his early opportunity at breaking Lajovic’s serve and took it, quickly going up 2-0. From there on, Federer conserved his energy and attacked heavily on his serve. In the end, the scoreboard read 6-4.

This was Federer’s first five-set match since January, but there was no rust to speak of. For his second round bout, he will be matched up against either Lukas Lacko or Benjamin Bonzi. It’s safe to say he’ll be the heavy favourite no matter the victor.

Image Credit - Wikipedia Commons. Flickr Commons, Justin Smith. 

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