Federer, Murray breeze into Round 3 at Wimbledon
London: Former champions Roger Federer and Andy Murray swept into the Wimbledon third round yesterday as a fourth player from the women’s top 10 tumbled out of the tournament.
Roger Federer celebrates after winning a game in the first set against Sam Querrey (Pic/AFP) and Andy Murray reacts after winning a point against Robin Haase
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 No 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 will face Australia’s Sam Groth for a place in the Last 16.
"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."
With their husbands in imperious form, Mirka Federer (left) and Kim Sears were all smiles yesterday. Pics/AFP
Third seed Murray, the 2013 champion, was equally dominant, taking just one minute longer than Federer to reach the third round by seeing off Robin Haase, the World No 78 from the Netherlands, 6-1, 6-1, 6-4.
The Briton smashed 25 winners past Haase and goes on to face either experienced Italian Andreas Seppi or highly-rated 18-year-old Croatian Borna Coric.
"I started quickly and Robin was a little bit slower at the beginning and then he started to come back in it, he played better tennis," said Murray, after his fourth win in five matches against his fellow 28-year-old.
Murray caused some amusement when he threw his wristband into the crowd where it hit the head of All England Club chairman Phillip Brook, who then handed it as a gift to Prince Charles’ wife Camilla who was sitting next to him.
"Normally you see who catches it. Then the Duchess opened up her bag and my wristband was in there, so he obviously had given it to her," said Murray.