Monday, June 25, 2012
Roger Federer easy start on day 1 of Wimbledon
Third seed Roger Federer booked his place in the second round of Wimbledon as he eased to a 6-1 6-1 6-1 victory over Albert Ramos.
The Swiss player could not have hoped for a better start to his bid to equal Pete Sampras' record of seven titles at the All England Club as he crushed his Spanish opponent in just one hour and 19 minutes.
Clay-court specialist Ramos, whose only previous match on grass was a defeat in the first round of Wimbledon qualifying two years ago, was totally overwhelmed by the 16-time grand slam winner.
Federer's only slip in the first set came on his own serve, which he dropped in the fifth game, but it was otherwise a stroll for the world number three.
It was clear from the early stages there was no hope for Ramos, who could not match Federer in any department on Court One.
Federer kept his firm grip on the contest through sets two and three, with Ramos only able to win his standard single game per set. In the third set it came after he had fallen 5-0 behind.
Federer finished with a love service game and an ace down the centre on match point was a suitable illustration of how one-sided the clash had been.
"I thought I played a great match," Federer said.
"Maybe Albert Ramos is not the most experienced grass-court player out there, that's for sure, but I was able to take advantage of it and I played a very clean match from start to finish.
"It's always nice to save energy, if you want to look further into the draw. It gives you good confidence as well, being able to close out matches easy.
"I fought hard to get as many breaks as I could and try to focus on my own service game and things worked out perfectly today."