Round 1: Federer beats Bogdanovic

Updated: 25 February 2007 09:07 IST

Top seed and defending champion Roger Federer eased through to the Wimbledon second round today with a 6-3, 6-3, 6-0 win over Alex Bogdanovic.

Round 1: Federer beats Bogdanovic
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Top seed and defending champion Roger Federer eased through to the Wimbledon second round today with a 6-3, 6-3, 6-0 win over British wildcard Alex Bogdanovic and managed to avoid the humiliation suffered by his predecessor Lleyton Hewitt. Twelve months ago, Australian Hewitt arrived here as defending champion but slumped to an embarrassing first round defeat at the hands of Croatia's Ivo Karlovic, who was ranked 203 at the time. It was one of the biggest shocks in the history of the event with Hewitt becoming only the second men's champion since the tournament's inception in 1877 to bow out in the first round. But there was never any sign of a repeat on Monday as Federer extended his winning run on grass to 18 matches with a majestic performance from the back of the court as well as the net. Bogdanovic, ranked 295 in the world, hit just 16 winners in the whole match compared to the Swiss world number one's 36 in the 80-minute encounter which was completed between the rain showers. Federer now faces either Austria's Julian Knowle or Alejandro Falla of Colombia for a place in the third round. (PTI)

Topics : Tennis
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