Seven-time Wimbledon champion eased into the third round of the men's singles at Wimbledon after registering a straight-set win over his Serbian opponent Dusan Lajovic on Friday at All England Tennis and Croquet Club. Lajovic gave Federer a tough fight in the opening set taking it to a tie-breaker, Federer raises his game to clinch the tie-breaker 7-0.The Swiss ace was at his sublime best in the second and third set winning the match in convincing style.
“I think I just struggled early on. I was feeling nerves for some reason. Not sure why. But I was able to come back in the set, breaking at 2-0. I think it was big for me... Then I played a great 'breaker. I think from then on I never looked back,” Federer said. “I got early breaks in sets two and three and was able to protect my serve in a good way.
He never really found ways to get into my service games on first and second serves. That obviously relaxes you, and then you can go for more on the return.”Federer said he usually doesn't feel nervous before a match, even at Wimbledon. For instance, he felt fine before his first-round contest. But for whatever reason, the unsettling feelings came back on Thursday.
“I think in the third round I will feel better again. It's weird how sometimes you can be way more nervous for a second round than, say, for a final, believe it or not,” Federer said. “I'm happy I got through this one feeling the way I did, because in a way it's strange playing this way when you're so tense. Yet you have nothing to lose or in a way, that's what I'm telling myself, just play freely. It's not just that simple once you get out there.”
Federer will face 27th seed Mischa Zverev of Germany, who beat Kazakhstani Mikhail Kukushkin 6-1, 6-2, 2-6, 3-6, 6-4 in three hours and five minutes.
Serbia's Novak Djokovic also made it to the third round with a clinical win against Adam Pavlasek. The three-time Wimbledon champ won his second round encounter 6-2 6-2 6-1