Wimbledon, England – Roger Federer cruised into round three at Wimbledon with a dominating victory over Italian Fabio Fognini on Wednesday.
Playing in front of Prince Charles and his wife, Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, the third-seeded Federer, a six-time Wimbledon champion, gained a 6-1, 6-3, 6-2 victory on the famed Centre Court. The super Swiss fired 13 aces and needed 1 hour, 14 minutes to swiftly advance to the next round, where the 16-time major champ will meet either 29th-seeded Frenchman Julien Benneteau or American journeyman Michael Russell on the hallowed lawns at the All England Club.
The Prince of Wales, who applauded Federer after his easy victory, had not attended Wimbledon since 1970.
Federer also kept up his incredible second-round streak, having never lost in that round at a Grand Slam. The last time he failed to reach the third round at a major was when he fell in the opening round at the 2003 French Open.
The 30-year-old Federer is in a bid to tie William Renshaw and Pete Sampras' record of seven Wimbledon titles, but his last major championship came in 2010 at the Australian Open.
Meanwhile, 15th-seeded Argentine Juan Monaco beat Frenchman Jeremy Chardy 6-2, 3-6, 6-3, 7-6 (7-0) and 31st-seeded Florian Mayer topped fellow German Philipp Petzschner 3-6, 3-6, 6-4, 6-2, 6-4 in second-round play. Petzschner was a runner-up in the Netherlands last week.
Seventh-seeded Spaniard David Ferrer finished off a rain-suspended opening- round match by besting German Dustin Brown 7-6 (7-5), 6-4, 6-4.
In other first-round action involving seeds, No. 21 Canadian Milos Raonic downed Colombian Santiago Giraldo 6-4, 6-4, 6-4 and Austrian lefthander Jurgen Melzer ousted No. 25 Swiss Stanislas Wawrinka 3-6, 7-6 (7-2), 2-6, 6-4, 8-6. The rising Raonic needed only 80 seconds to advance on Wednesday after his match was suspended on Tuesday night.
Additional opening-round wins came for Pole Lukasz Kubot and German Bjorn Phau.