Roger Federer serves up flawless win over Lukas Lacko at Wimbledon

Tanya Simon
July 6, 2018

Roger Federer's quest for a ninth Wimbledon crown gained momentum with a flawless 6-4, 6-4, 6-1 second-round win over the Slovakian world No 73 Lukas Lacko in 89 minutes.

Two days after creating a stir at Wimbledon with his new mega-bucks clothing deal, Federer was back making a style statement with his dazzling tennis as he gave Lacko a 6-4 6-4 6-1 dressing down to reach the third round on Wednesday.

No. 8 Kevin Anderson also advanced, beating No. 25 Philipp Kohlschreiber of Germany 6-3, 7-5, 7-5 after losing just eight of 61 points on his first serve.

Federer's longest streak of sets won at Wimbledon was 34 between the third round in 2005 to the 2006 final.

Caroline Wozniacki suffered fresh Wimbledon woe as the world number two suffered a shock 6-4, 1-6, 7-5 defeat against Ekaterina Makarova in the second round, before telling the Russian: "You won't go far".

Federer returned from injury following a six-month absence to win the Australian Open last year at the age of 35, ending a five-year wait for an 18th grand slam title.

The 30-year-old Makarova took down Wozniacki 6-4, 1-6, 7-5 to bring the Danish star's tournament to a surprisingly quick conclusion.

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"I am happy with how I am hitting the ball and concentration on my own service games and I am able to mix it up on return".

LONDON-Roger Federer and Serena Williams are making it look easy at Wimbledon - again.

The Canadian 13th seed will play Austrian qualifier Dennis Novak, who beat French 17th seed Lucas Pouille 6-4, 6-2, 6-7 (8/10), 3-6, 6-2.

"It was better than the first round".

Five-time champion Venus Williams battled into the third round with a 4-6, 6-0, 6-1 win over Romanian qualifier Alexandra Dulgheru.

Mladenovic walked through her second-round match in straight sets and has been serving well through the tournament, but this match ought to be in Serena's hands. Asked if her wealth of Wimbledon experience was a key factor, Venus said: "I'd love to have that extra advantage".

Even ultimate warrior Williams, who was unable to defend her 2016 Wimbledon title a year ago because she was pregnant, applauded a couple of her opponent's winners late in the second set before completing victory in 66 minutes.

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