(June 24, 2013) Defending Wimbledon champion Roger Federer took a mere 68 minutes to crush Victor Hanescu 6-3, 6-2, 6-0 to move into the second round.
It was ten years ago that Federer won his first major title at Wimbledon.
Federe was superior at the net winning 21 of 25 points. The Swiss hit 32 winners to 6 unforced errors with a total of 81 points won.
“I thought overall I played a good match, you know, no hiccups on the serve,” the No. 3 seed said to media. “Returned good, sometimes aggressive, sometimes with the chip the way I usually do it on the grass anyway.”
“I pack my bags anyway for five sets every single time,” Federer said in terms of match expectations. “So I’m happy that things went well out there today. I mean, in the first round, we’ve seen the surprise losses happen too often. I was always going to give credit to Victor.”
Victoria Azarenka received a scare, not from her opponent but from a fall in her 6-1, 6-2 demolition of Maria Joao Koehler.
In the second game of the second set Azarenka slipped and fell and injured her right knee. Azarenka played the rest of the match with the knee heavily taped up.
“After the serve, it happened so quick in the second that my leg just kind of collapsed,” Azarenka said. “I felt like my knee just turned to the other way, and it was just so nasty.”
“I was in such shock,” Azarenka continued. “For two minutes I had such a consistent pain that it just completely freaked me out. You’re just down on the ground. You never know what happened.”
“I still have to do some more checkups to make sure. You know, it’s good to have tomorrow to recover. But I still need to make the final assessments.”
Maria Sharapova had to fight off former Wimbledon Junior champion, 37th-ranked Kristina Mladenovic of France 7-6 (5), 6-3.
Over the weekend Sharapova hit a verbal volley against Serena Williams in response to quotes in an interview in Rolling Stone magazine with the world No. 1.
“I think just because you’re in the same sport doesn’t mean that you have to be friends with everyone just because you’re categorized, you’re a tennis player, so you’re going to get along with tennis players,” said the Russian when asked about not being close with other players.