Record-seeking Federer outclasses Dzumhur

Tue Jun 30, 2015 1:16pm EDT
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By Pritha Sarkar

LONDON (Reuters) - With seven Wimbledon trophies, 15 titles on grass and 136 victories on the lush green surface, there is not much that fazes Roger Federer when he turns up at the All England Club.

The same could not be said of his first-round opponent on Tuesday.

Bosnian journeyman Damir Dzumhur arrived to face the most celebrated of Wimbledon champions without ever having played a match on grass.

Just how ill-prepared Dzumhur was for his grasscourt baptism was clear for all to see as Federer began his 63rd consecutive grand slam event with a regal 6-1 6-3 6-3 victory that was all over in 68 majestic minutes.

The man who has contested nine All England Club finals, and 25 overall at the majors, was certainly feeling the love from 15,000 Centre Court spectators who stood to attention as he sauntered in to begin his pursuit of a record eighth Wimbledon trophy.

"Roger, I love youuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu" boomed a male voice as Federer kicked off his 83rd match at the home of grasscourt tennis with an unreturnable serve

The cheers from the RF appreciation society grew louder with every Federer winner, be it a blazing backhand, a flashy forehand or a razzle-dazzle volley.

Those spellbinding shots flowing out of the Federer racket earned him five breaks of serve before he finished off Wimbledon debutant Dzumhur with a love service game to chalk up his 74th victory at Wimbledon.   Continued...

Roger Federer of Switzerland hits a shot during his match against Damir Dzumhur of Bosnia and Herzegovina at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London, June 30, 2015.   REUTERS/Henry Browne