(June 26, 2014) WIMBLEDON – Roger Federer has advanced a round further than he did last year, as he beat qualifier Gilles Muller of Luxembourg 6-3, 7-5, 6-3 to reach the third round at Wimbledon.
Last year the Swiss lost in the second round to Sergiy Stakhovsky on a Wednesday full of upsets sometimes refered to as “Wacky Wednesday.”
Federer put 25 aces past Muller, including three in the final game which ended under a closed Centre Court roof due some sprinkles of rain earlier in the evening.
“I’m very happy with the match today,” Federer said, “because I knew it could have been difficult, you know. And we saw signs of it I think midway through the second set when I think for four straight games I didn’t see, you know, much on his serve.
“Then actually the rain delay kind of changed things around. I came out and I was a bit more clear of how I was going to return him.
“It makes life difficult out there. It keeps the points short and serves nice and well. Swings the serve nice. I actually thought he was playing pretty quick.
“I’m very happy to be through.”
Federer will meet the winner of the second round match between Marcel Granollers of Spain and Santiago Giraldo of Colombia in the third round.