Federer loses initials, still wins at Wimbledon

Lynette Rowe
July 4, 2018

The 21-year-old Coric's exit has simplified eight-time champion Federer's expected path to the later stages.

Federer didn't face a break point and showed off the full repertoire of shots that has made him the most successful male player ever at Wimbledon. I felt like I was dealing with it really, really nicely, and it gave me great confidence for this year coming back on grass.

Roger Federer left Nike after 24 years and unveiled his new endorsement deal at Wimbledon.

"I always have been very clear that it probably is one of the most emotional matches that I played in my career".

"So the "RF" logo is with Nike at the moment, but it will come to me at some point", he said.

Uniqlo said Federer, who has won a men's record of 20 Grand Slam titles, would represent the brand at all tennis tournaments throughout the year.

US Open champion and fourth seed Sloane Stephens became the tournament's first big name casualty when she slumped to a 6-1, 6-3 loss to Croatia's world 55 Donna Vekic.

Federer played at 65 successive slams from the 2000 Australian Open, until missing the French Open in 2016.

Other Grand Slam champions in first round action on Tuesday include 2009 US Open victor Juan Martin del Potro, seeded five, who faces Peter Gojowczyk of Germany. We're hopeful the beginning of next year people can also start buying my stuff.

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"There isn't too much I can do - I'm not going to go and cry".

However, 2017 semi-finalist Magdalena Rybarikova lost 7-5, 6-3 to Sorana Cirstea.

Bulgarian sixth seed Grigor Dimitrov, a semi-finalist in 2014, completed the programme against three-time major victor Stan Wawrinka.

Federer confirmed his switch from the U.S. sportswear brand to Uniqlo on the first day of Wimbledon by walking out to play in his new outfit but remained in personalised Wimbledon Nike trainers as he beat Dusan Lajovic in straight sets on Monday.

Nor are they merely making up the numbers, led as they are by former US Open champion Marin Cilic who set out by bullying the relatively diminutive Japanese Yoshihito Nishioka off No.2 Court in little more than an hour and a half, 6-1, 6-4, 6-4.

The former world number three is now ranked 224th due to a prolonged absence through injury.

But Karlovic's Croatian compatriot Borna Coric, who defeated Federer for the Halle title last week, was a first round loser against Russia's Daniil Medvedev 7-6 (8/6), 6-2, 6-2.

Federer and Nadal both clashed in the 2008 final and served up a classic as the latter would finally break a run of two consecutive Wimbledon final losses to his rival and emerge victorious in a pulsating 6-4, 6-4, 6-7, 6-7, 9-7 victory.

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