Wimbledon: Federer eases into third round with win over Querrey

  • Agencies, London
  • Updated: Jul 03, 2015 01:00 IST

Seven-time Wimbledon champion and 2014 runner-up Roger Federer swept into the Wimbledon third round on Thursday with a 6-4, 6-2, 6-2 straight sets win over Sam Querrey of the United States.

Seven-time winner and second seed Federer eased to a 6-4, 6-2, 6-2 win over Sam Querrey of the United States, the world number 36 who has now lost all three times he has played the Swiss and has yet to win a set.

Federer fired 32 winners and hit just nine unforced errors in an 86-minute Centre Court stroll with Querrey able to carve out just one break point.

Federer added to his repertoire of magical Centre Court moments in the second set.

Sprinting along the baseline, the Swiss great slipped the racket between his legs to direct the ball over the head of the stranded Querrey with an outrageous lob. The 33-year-old's audacious piece of skill brought gasps from the crowd and admiration from Querrey, who was so impressed he said he felt like walking around the net to 'high-five' his opponent.

"He's got that aura around him. You know, today he hit that shot between the legs," Querrey said. "He hit some amazing shots. You want to go over and give him a high-five sometimes."

Federer was both amused and pleased when told of the American's reaction to his moment of magic. "He said that?" Federer laughed. "Okay, That's cool.

"Why not, he can do it. I'm happy to do it, too, you know!"

The 17-time Grand Slam champion, who last won Wimbledon in 2012, faces Australia's Sam Groth for a place in the last 16 and is growing more confident with each match.

"I think it's possible. But then again, many players are playing well. Andy (Murray) is playing better than he was last year. Clearly it's not going to get easier," Federer said.

"At the same time, when my game's going well, at the level I'm playing this week, I feel there's a good chance for me."

"I'm very happy with the way I've played now in the first two matches. I've had a good run so you don't want it to stop in the first or second round," said Federer, the runner-up to Novak Djokovic last year.

"I guess there's also a little bit of relief that I'm actually playing well at Wimbledon."

In the big upset of the day, 10th-seeded Spaniard Rafael Nadal crashed out of Wimbledon early to a player ranked 100 or lower for the fourth consecutive time, losing to dreadlocked German qualifier, world number 102 Dustin Brown.

In other results, Gilles Simon of France beat Blaz Kavcic of Slovenia 6-1, 6-1, 6-7(5), 6-1. Canada's Vasek Pospisil beat 30th seed Fabio Fognini of Italy 6-3, 6-4, 1-6, 6-3, while Roberto Bautista Agut of Spain beat Benoit Paire of France 2-6, 4-6, 6-3, 6-3, 6-3.

Serbia's Viktor Troicki beat Aljaz Bedene of Britain 6-4, 3-6, 6-2, 6-4. Gael Monfils of France beat countryman Adrian Mannarino 7-6(5), 6-3, 7-5. Sixth-seeded Czech Tomas Berdych beat Frenchman Nicolas Mahut 6-1, 6-4, 6-4, while 13th-seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of France beat Spaniard Albert Ramos 6-3, 6-4, 6-4.

Italy's Andreas Seppi, finalist at Halle, beat upcoming Croatian teenager Borna Coric 4-6, 6-4, 6-7(3), 6-1, 6-1, while Nikoloz Basilashvili of Georgia upset 15th-seeded Feliciano Lopez of Spain 7-5, 3-6, 6-3, 2-6, 6-4.

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