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Federer hammers Fognini on Day 3


Switzerland’s Roger Federer plays a forehand shot in his Wimbledon second-round men’s singles match against Italy’s Fabio Fognini on the third day of the tournament at the All England Lawn Tennis Club in London yesterday.

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Roger Federer put on quite a display in front of Prince Charles, sweeping aside Fabio Fognini 6-1, 6-3, 6-2 in the second round of Wimbledon yesterday.

Federer and his Italian opponent bowed to Charles and his wife Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, in the Royal Box before their match, and the Swiss six-time champion then showed them the type of tennis that helped him rule on Centre Court for so many years.

Hitting winners with clinical accuracy, Federer dictated play from the start and never faced a break point. He broke the Italian five times and wrapped up the victory in 1 hour, 13 minutes.

Federer said it was “a great feeling” to play in front of the royals.

In the women’s singles, Heather Watson gave Britain a woman in the third round for the first time in a decade by beating Jamie Hampton of the US 6-1, 6-4.

The 103rd-ranked Watson won the match’s first five games to take control.

In the first round on Monday, the 20-year-old Watson became the first British woman to win a match on Centre Court since 1985. Now she is the first woman from the host country to make it to the third round at the All England Lawn Tennis Club since Elena Baltacha in 2002.

Serbia’s Ana Ivanovic savored an increasingly rare taste of success as the former world No. 1 moved into the second round with a 6-3, 3-6, 6-3 victory over Spain’s Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez.

Ivanovic was once regarded as the female game’s brightest young star after winning the 2008 French Open just months after reaching the Australian Open final.

However, the 24-year-old has been unable to fulfill her vast potential since then and has failed to get past the fourth round in her 16 Grand Slam appearances since that triumph in Paris.

She arrived at the All England Club with her ranking down to 14 and little expectation of emulating her 2007 run in the semi-finals.

This was a step in the right direction at least as her rain-delayed first-round match was finally played to a conclusion on Court 14.

Ivanovic has rarely gone deep in any tournament this year and she had to survive plenty of nervous moments before seeing off the world No. 51 to set up a second-round tie against Ukraine’s Kateryna Bondarenko.

The Serb broke in the second game of the opening set, but promptly dropped her own serve.

After another exchange of breaks, Ivanovic was finally able to take control of an error-strewn set with one final break for a 5-3 lead.

Ivanovic’s mental fragility resurfaced early in the second set when she allowed Martinez Sanchez to break in the second game.

Ivanovic dug deep to break back in the fifth game, but carelessly surrendered her serve again and this time the left-hander made her pay by taking the set.

The final set was a tense affair with both players scratching around for the momentum that would carry them to victory.

It was Ivanovic who finally turned the match in her favor, breaking for a 4-2 lead and serving out the win.

On Tuesday, Rafael Nadal needed a few games to adjust his sights for grass-court combat, but Serena Williams quickly found her range as the two former champions moved safely into the second round.

Spaniard Nadal, looking to reclaim the title he won in 2008 and 2010, found himself 4-0 down against Brazil’s Thomaz Bellucci on Centre Court, before a barrage of heavy hitting took him to a 7-6 (7/0), 6-2, 6-3 victory in 2 hours, 15 minutes.

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