35 service points, 26 sets in a row at Wimbledon for Federer

35 service points, 26 sets in a row at Wimbledon for Federer

35 service points, 26 sets in a row at Wimbledon for Federer

Eight-time champion Federer barely broke sweat in a 6-4, 6-4, 6-1 success over world number 73 Lukas Lacko of Slovakia in the third Grand Slam of the year.

But Federer clinched it with a superb service game that included a wonderful volley at the end of a long rally followed by a winning drive down the line.

Lacko, who is now ranked 73rd in the world, started brightly, holding off Federer on his own serve before the Swiss upped the ante to just about reach second gear to see him off in exactly one hour and 30 minutes.

But she didn't look her age in making it 89 career match wins at Wimbledon by demolishing Dulgheru in the final two sets.

Kristina Mladenovic advanced to a Wimbledon third-round meeting with Serena Williams after defeating Tatjana Maria 6-2, 6-2.

Wednesday's result increased Federer's streak to 26 straight sets at Wimbledon, equaling his second-best run, which came in 2003-04. "Then you're like, 'Nah, maybe not.' Who knows how they're going to react?" Asked if her wealth of Wimbledon experience was a key factor, Venus said: "I'd love to have that extra advantage".

Swiss Stan Wawrinka suffered a shock 7-6 (7) 6-3 7-6 (6) defeat by world number 133 Thomas Fabbiano in a match that resumed on Thursday after rain halted play on Wednesday.

Canada's Milos Raonic survived a tough test against Australian John Millman elsewhere in the men's singles draw.

The seven-time champion, who was controversially seeded at 25 following her lengthy absence as a new mother, claimed a 6-1, 6-4 win in 66 minutes on Centre Court.

Federer fired three of those aces in a row to take the second set and he got his 15,000-strong Centre Court fan club gasping in astonishment as he produced a ridiculous backhand drop shot from behind the baseline.

"She played well the first set".

"It wasn't so hard for me, I have experienced it many times - the crowd were really nice to me".

With Federer having an elegant answer to everything Lacko could throw at him, it was not until the 20-times Grand Slam champion walked off court that he was finally stumped.

"Also I was excited to wear Uniqlo today".

Keys, who watched the match with Briton Laura Robson, said: "She was singing the "it's coming home" song consistently for, like, two-and-a-half hours". Caroline Wozniacki, the Australian Open Champion became the biggest name to exit the championship after falling 6-4 1-6 7-5 to Russian world number 35 Ekaterina Makarova.

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