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Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal enjoy easy wins at Wimbledon

Roger Federer in action against Damir Dzumhur
Image: Roger Federer: 67 minutes was all he needed to beat Damir Dzumhur

Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal were barely taken out of first gear as they cruised through their first round matches at Wimbledon.

Seven-time champion Federer looked solid on serve and made the most of his Bosnian opponent Damir Dzumhur's frequent mistakes to prevail 6-1 6-3 6-3 on a sun-bathed Centre Court.

And it was a similar story for Nadal on Court One, where Brazil's Thomaz Bellucci did test him a couple of times but was still unable to take a set off the Spaniard, who is looking for a third Wimbledon trophy and made it through 6-4 6-2 6-4.

Federer was on court earlier than expected after Petra Kvitova's 35-minute demolition of Kiki Bertens, and his own three-set match last only just over an hour, meaning Andy Murray's arrival for the third match on centre came almost two hours earlier than expected.

Dzumhur struggled badly on serve, throwing in eight double faults to help Federer's cause further, with the Swiss superstar hitting 26 clean winners as he strolled through.

Five breaks of serve through the game were enough to see him through to a second round clash with big-serving American Sam Querrey. Federer will be seeking a 75th individual Wimbledon victory in that match.

Roger Federer stretches for a forehand
Image: Roger Federer stretches for a forehand on Centre Court

I was happy I played aggressive," said Federer. "He hung around, changed up his game a little bit which also made it a bit more difficult. I'm always happy to win."

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Nadal needed more than two hours to join Federer in the second round, and he showed the odd sign of the struggles that have seen him close to dropping out of the world's top 10.

He was broken a couple of times by clay-court specialist Bellucci but neither proved costly as he set up a clash with Germany's Dustin Brown.

Nadal had some issues on serve, sending down five double faults and only one ace, but his groundstrokes, in the main, were fluent and often too powerful for Bellucci to deal with.

Rafael Nadal reacts
Image: Rafael Nadal: No slip up in first round for double champion

He took six of 12 chances to break serve and was particularly effective when he decided to come to the net, where he took advantage of his opponent's reluctance to challenge him and won 17 of 19 points.

There were signs that Nadal is returning to the kind of form that saw him beat Federer in an epic 2008 final and then regain the title in 2010.            

The Spaniard said: "The conditions were great. It's difficult to think about a better day to play tennis here in Wimbledon. Second round, that's all. I am a little bit more confident now than I was few months ago. Obviously victories help.

"It was a very positive victory. Straight sets, no bad feelings, good backhands. The forehand needs to be a bit more aggressive."

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