Wimbledon 2014: Star duo Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal book spots in second round
Last Updated: 26/06/14 12:30pm
Former champions Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal both progressed to the second round of Wimbledon on Tuesday.
Seven-time winner Federer came through his opener with a comfortable 6-1 6-1 6-3 over Italy’s Paolo Lorenzi.
Federer, who is gunning for a record eighth title, brushed aside an opponent who is yet to win a grand slam match after 13 appearances at majors.
Only Juan-Antonio Marin of Costa Rica has a worse record no wins in 17 grand slam matches while Federer is hoping to make is 18 major titles with success in London.
Federer crashed out in the second round last year, his worst performance at the tournament since 2002, but there would be no repeat on Tuesday with his ninth ace wrapping up a straight-sets success.
It is Federer's 16th consecutive appearance at Wimbledon and his 59th Grand Slam event in a row, extending his record for the longest streak of consecutive majors in the Open Era.
“For me it was a solid match. I served well, returned well and also tried to come forward a bit. I could do everything out there and am very pleased,” Federer told Wimbledon's official website.
He added: "It's always good to win the first round because the court can be slippery sometimes."
Nadal, meanwhile, came back from a set down to defeat Martin Klizan 4-6 6-3 6-3 6-3 on Centre Court.
The Spaniard, who is seeded second despite being the world No 1, suffered shock defeats at the All England Club in each of the last two years but this time recovered from a shaky start to see out a comfortable win.
It was the 700th ATP Tour victory of Nadal's career and his first win on grass since June 2012.
The victory in just shy of three hours set up a showdown with Lukas Rosol, who sensationally defeated Nadal in five sets at Wimbledon two years ago. The Spaniard insists that clash will have no bearing on preparations for Thursday's encounter.
Nadal said: "I lost because he is a good player, a player that can play very well on this surface. He is an aggressive player, and it will be a tough match again.
"I know if I want to have chances to win, I need to play very well, that is what I am going to try. If not, I don't have chances to be in the third round, but I am going to fight for it."