Wimbledon: Roger Federer, Marin Cilic storm to easy Round 1 wins

first_imgRoger Federer caused a stir when he began his quest for a ninth Wimbledon title with a new logo on his chest but everything else looked familiar as he crushed Dusan Lajovic 6-1 6-3 6-4 in glorious Centre Court sunshine on Monday.The 36-year-old’s whites were missing the usual swish and the familiar RF emblem were gone after the 20-times grand slam champion ditched long-term kit supplier Nike in favour of Japan’s Uniqlo brand.The top seed’s new sponsor only got one hour 19 minutes of airtime as Federer began in stunning fashion – dashing off the first set in 20 minutes – and never looking remotely troubled as he sauntered into the second round.Also read – Federer walks in a different jersey for first time in 20 yearsLajovic shook off his early nerves to at least give Federer some practice in the second and third sets but the Serbian could do no better than last year when he also suffered a straight-sets defeat by the Swiss, that time in the second round.Federer, contesting his 20th consecutive Wimbledon, is bidding to become only the second player to win nine singles titles on the London lawns after Martina Navratilova.”I felt very good from the start which is nice,” Federer, who has now won 24 consecutive sets at the All England Club after blazing to the title last year without dropping one, said on court.”Felt at home right away. Got the early break in each set and I was able to bring it home.”advertisement CILIC MAKES SOLID STARTLast year’s runner-up Marin Cilic made a solid start to the Wimbledon championships with a clinical 6-1 6-4 6-4 victory over Japan’s Yoshihito Nishioka on Monday.Croatian Cilic, who lost last year’s final to Roger Federer, underlined his credentials for another Grand Slam title bid to add to his U.S. Open triumph in 2014.The lanky 29-year-old third seed served 21 aces and made four service breaks in a match lasting one hour and 45 minutes on Court Two against a young opponent coming back from major knee surgery.Cilic’s preparations were boosted eight days ago when he beat Novak Djokovic in the final to lift the Queen’s Club trophy, his 18th ATP Tour title. BORNA CORIC’S WOE CONTINUESCroatian Borna Coric had every reason to believe his woeful Wimbledon record was about to change for the better when he arrived at the All England Club on Monday.Instead it was a familiar tale of woe for the 21-year-old 16th seed as he was outplayed in the first round by Russian Daniil Medvedev 7-6(6) 6-2 6-2.Coric beat eight-times Wimbledon champion Roger Federer to win the Halle title in the build-up to the year’s third Grand Slam — a result that reverberated around the tennis world.But after failing to convert a set point in the opener he faded away to a fourth defeat in five Wimbledon matches.”He was much the better player today,” Coric, the first of the men’s top 16 seeds to tumble, told reporters.”But I knew it was going to be tough because I learned by now that this is tennis and one week can be great; another one can be a disaster like now.”Coric said the Wimbledon grass is not the same as the lawns in Halle.(With inputs from Reuters)last_img read more