Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Day 3: Fed Express Rolls Into Third Round

The word Spaniard doesn't seem to bother Roger Federer as much now that Rafael Nadal is out of the draw.

Roger Federer, fresh off the heels of his record setting rendez-vous on the Paris clay, made it look easy on Centre Court today against a Spaniard with quite a bit less cachet than the Majorcan who unseated the King of Grass in last years epic final.

The Swiss Maestro needed only eighty nine minutes to routinely dispatch over matched Guillermo Garcia-Lopez, 6-2, 6-2, 6-4.

Federer was unbroken for the match, as he was able to win a remarkable forty-five of forty-eight first serve points. It is strong serving like this that he hopes will enable him to avoid falling prey to an upset minded Philipp Kohlschrieber of Germany in Fridays third round match.

Kohlschreiber, who upset Novak Djokovic in the third round of the French Open, was forced to play five sets today, finally prevailing over Ivo Minar 6-4, 3-6, 4-6, 6-2, 8-6.

Federer has never lost a set against the 25-year-old German, including two wins on grass.

Winning Wimbledon will not only vault Federer into the top spot with fifteen Grand-Slam titles, it will also catapult him into the No. 1 spot in the ATP rankings over Nadal. It would be the first time he was ranked No. 1 since Nadal passed him in the rankings in August of 2008.


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