Federer's Fast & Furious Start
Swiss through in straight sets against Dzumhur
Roger Federer was clinical in his 2015 Wimbledon opener, needing only 67 minutes to defeat Bosnia’s Damir Dzumhur 6-1, 6-3, 6-3 on Centre Court. The World No. 2 hit 26 winners to 12 unforced errors and faced no break points during the encounter despite playing at a breakneck pace. On his service games, Federer averaged no more than nine seconds between points while mastering the nature of the playing surface during points.
He is used to getting a quick start at the All England Club, having won his first-round match every single year since losing to Mario Ancic in 2002. The seven-time champion has reached the quarter-finals or better at SW19 12 times in 16 appearances.
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“[The grass] changes as the tournament progresses,” commented Federer. “It's easier to move once you enter, I'd say, third round. Then especially the second week, just because of the used bit in the back, you have more grip, whereas in the beginning of the tournament it's softer, it's more slippery where the green patches are.
“[Playing on Centre Court] is exciting. It’s a privilege to be there,” added Federer. “I was trying to think how many times I've played there now. I don't know. I know it's been often. Still, every time it feels like it's a special occasion, for sure.”
It was the second Grand Slam in a row in which Federer had knocked out Dzumhur, No. 88 in the Emirates ATP Rankings. In the players' only previous Fedex ATP Head2Head meeting, in the third round of this year’s Roland Garros tournament, Federer had also won convincingly in straight sets.
"Back in the day maybe I would not be as ruthless as today. But now it's trying to focus on what I need to do," said Federer, who is looking to converse energy and save his best work for the second week of the fortnight. "The score, it is what it is. I don't think it really matters at the end of the day what the scoreline is. For me, it's about playing the tournament and watching the ball that's coming from my opponent."
In Round Two, Federer will take on American Sam Querrey, who downed Dutchman Igor Sijsling 7-5, 6-3, 6-4. The seven-time Wimbledon champ has never dropped a set against Querrey. It will be the pair’s first meeting on grass.