WIMBLEDON

Federer and Kerber cruise into third round at Wimbledon

Seven-time champion Roger Federer advanced to the third round at Wimbledon for the 15th time on Thursday with a 7-6 (7/0), 6-3, 6-2 win over Dusan Lajovic.

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Federer and Kerber cruise into third round at Wimbledon
WILL OLIVER EFE

Seven-time champion Roger Federer reached the third round at Wimbledon for the 15th time of his career on Thursday with a 7-6 (7/0), 6-3, 6-2 win over Dusan Lajovic.

Federer sets up new encounter with Zverev

Third seeded Federer will face German Mischa Zverev for a place in the Last 16. “I struggled at the start and couldn't find my rhythm”, he admitted afterwards. “But once I got rid of the nerves I played some inspired stuff after that”.

Zverev defeated world number one Andy Murray at the Australian Open earlier this year, but Federer has won both his meetings against the left-hander in 2017 - including their meeting on grass at Halle last month.

Federer sees off Serbia's Dusan Lajovic to make the third round.

Kerber storms to victory on Court One

Angelique Kerber made her case to be labelled the new favourite for the Wimbledon title as the German eased into the third round with a 7-5, 7-5 win over Kirsten Flipkens on Court One.

Kerber was beaten by Serena Williams in last year's Wimbledon final and with the American star sidelined while she prepares to give birth, the world number one hopes to fill the power vacuum at the All England Club.

After winning the Australian and US Opens last year, Kerber has endured a miserable time in 2017, culminating in an embarrassing French Open first round loss to Ekaterina Makarova last month.

Angelique Kerber

But the 29-year-old's chances of adding the Wimbledon title to her trophy cabinet improved signficantly over the last 24 hours as third seed Karolina Pliskova and two-time champion Petra Kvitova were eliminated.

Kerber hadn't lost to a player ranked outside the top 80 since 2015 and she wore down Belgian world number 88 Flipkens, a former Wimbledon semi-finalist, in a fiercely contested encounter on Court One.

The bookmakers still don't make her the favourite, with that tag now going to Britain's Johanna Konta. But Kerber, who faces either Lucie Safarova or Shelby Rogers for a place in the last 16, is making a very strong clain for the title.

 

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