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Federer begins historic bid with win

Roger Federer is in quest for a fifth straight Wimbledon title after a 6-3, 6-2, 6-4 victory over Teimuraz Gabashvili.

india Updated: Jun 25, 2007 22:06 IST

Roger Federer was up and running in his quest for a fifth consecutive Wimbledon singles title after a 6-3, 6-2, 6-4 victory over Russian Teimuraz Gabashvili on Monday.

The Swiss world number one lit up a gloomy day on a Centre Court shorn of its roof, to see off a game opponent ranked 86th in the world.

Drizzle had delayed the start of the match for a little under two hours and light rain continued to fall for much of a largely one-sided contest.

Federer needed just one break of serve to take the opening set and then broke the Russian twice in the second to take control. One more break was enough in the third and he sealed victory with a clinical forehand.

First Published: Jun 25, 2007 21:33 IST