Express win for Federer
Mannarino fails to trouble Swiss maestro under Centre Court roof
Last Updated: June 24, 2011 11:49am
Former champion Roger Federer raced into the third round of Wimbledon with a 6-2 6-3 6-2 demolition of Adrian Mannarino.
In his first experience of playing under the Centre Court roof, third seed Federer was totally untroubled during what amounted to a grasscourt tennis clinic.
It took Mannarino, the world number 55, more than half-an-hour to even win a point on the Federer serve.
A pair of breaks on the Frenchman's own delivery were enough to give Federer the opening set in 25 minutes.
"The atmosphere was fantastic. It's unusual, it's very nice to play indoors for the first time, I've played 10 years on Centre Court."
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And the action was barely more competitive thereafter, Mannarino's solitary chance of breaking Federer came when the Swiss was serving for the second set at 5-3.
From 0-40 down, Federer reeled off five points on the bounce to escape with the hold and open a two-set advantage.
And another two breaks in the final set were enough for the six-time Wimbledon champion to close out a satisfying evening's work.
"The atmosphere was fantastic," said Federer. "It's unusual, it's very nice to play indoors for the first time, I've played 10 years on Centre Court."
Federer advances to a third-round date with old rival David Nalbandian, who he holds a 10-8 advantage over in the career head-to-head.
He added: "I didn't enjoy playing against him too often (in the past). I expect it will be a difficult match."