Philippine Daily Inquirer


- —AP

LON­DON— As Roger Fed­erer was win­ning 35 con­sec­u­tive ser­vice points at Wim­ble­don on Wed­nes­day—yes, 35 in a row—a Cen­tre Court spec­ta­tor cheered him on while wear­ing a red shirt with white let­ter­ing that said, “PeR­Fect.”

He comes pretty close to liv­ing up to that at times.

Fed­erer moved into the third round at the All Eng­land Club as he chases his record-ex­tend­ing ninth cham­pi­onship there, us­ing close-to-im­pec­ca­ble serv­ing to beat 73rd-ranked Lukas Lacko of Slo­vakia, 6-4, 6-4, 6-1.

The 36-year-old Fed­erer com­piled 48 win­ners and just 11 un­forced er­rors. He won 40 of 43 first-serve points, never faced a break chance, and de­liv­ered 16 aces.

“Some­times your serve matches up bet­ter against cer­tain play­ers,” he said. “There’s no doubt about that.”

At 4-3, 40-30, Fed­erer hit a 118 mph ace to hold and start his roll that in­cluded the last five points he served in the first set, all 20 in the sec­ond, and then the first 10 of the third. By then, it was so dom­i­nant that one television an­nouncer was moved to jok­ingly ex­claim, “Come on, dou­ble­fault!” Fed­erer did not oblige. Caro­line Woz­ni­acki, mean­while, com­plained about the fly­ing in­sects, de­mand­ing that bug spray be brought to the court be­fore be­com­ing the high­est-ranked ca­su­alty in the women’s draw thus far.

The No. 2-seeded Woz­ni­acki was not ex­actly gracious in de­feat af­ter staving off five match points, but not the sixth, in what be­came a 6-4, 16, 7-5 loss to 35th-ranked Eka­te­rina Makarova of Rus­sia in the sec­ond round.

 ?? —AP ?? Fed­erer: Pic­ture per­fect.
—AP Fed­erer: Pic­ture per­fect.

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