85th career win at SW19
Federer earns another slice of Wimbledon history
Seven-time champion Roger Federer created another slice of tennis history when he won his first-round match against Alexandr Dolgopolov at Wimbledon.
The Ukrainian was trailing 6-3 3-0 when he was forced from the court with an ankle injury just 43 minutes into the match.
The victory saw Swiss star Federer, seeded three this year, chalk up his 85th Wimbledon career win, more than any other man in history.
“I’m happy right now in the situation I find myself in,” said the world No. 5. “I’m healthy. I’m back at Wimbledon. I just won my first round.”
It was also a comfortable day at the office for Novak Djokovic, who enjoyed a similar passage when Martin Klizan pulled out with a calf injury when trailing 6-2 2-0 with 40 minutes on the clock.
“We had a joke in the locker room saying we should maybe play a practice set on Centre Court,” said second seed Djokovic.
For those players knocked out at the first-round stage, they still go home with £35,000 in their wallet, raising concerns that some may declare themselves fit for the tournament regardless of their chances of lasting the pace.
“The question always is, should they have started the match at all?” added Federer. “That, only the player can answer really, in my opinion.”
It was also memorable day for Briton Kyle Edmund, who earned his first Wimbledon win with victory over compatriot Alex Ward.
Edmund won 4-6 6-3 6-2 6-1 on Court Three to reach the second round for the first time – at the fifth time of asking.
Brydan Klein and James Ward also bowed out on day two of the championships, both men losing in straight sets.
British wildcard Katie Boulter, making her Grand Slam debut, lost 3-6 7-5 6-3 to world No. 60 Christina McHale.
Former women’s No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki fought back from losing the first set against Hungarian Timea Babos to win 6-4 4-6 6-1.