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
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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