Federer opens Wimbledon defence in style

Wimbledon brings its own majesty and charms

Roger Federer could end Wimbledon as the man with nine titles but no initials.

Wimbledon's 2004 champion Maria Sharapova tumbled out of the tournament in the opening round for the first time, beaten at her own game by fellow-Russian Vitalia Diatchenko 6-7 (3) 7-6 (3) 6-4 as the evening shadows crept across Court Two on Tuesday.

Tennis legend Roger Federer has signed a deal with Japanese clothing company Uniqlo after ending his decades-long partnership with Nike.

The 36-year-old left-handed Spaniard had equalled Roger Federer's mark at Roland Garros this year.

"I'm very happy, I felt good from the start too which was nice and that was not the case past year against him".

'Although not playing my best tennis, I opened up a few doors and was a couple points away from winning this match, ' she said.

"Felt right at home again, so that was a really nice feeling", he said.

But if temperatures rise above 30.1 degrees, female singles players will be able to request a 10 minute break between the second and third sets of their matches.

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Federer barely broke a sweat and romped to another straight-sets win against the world number 58, having seen off Lajovic in the second round previous year.

Cilic will meet the victor of the Jason Kubler and Guido Pella match in the second round.

Federer and Nadal both clashed in the 2008 final and served up a classic as the latter would finally break a run of two consecutive Wimbledon final losses to his rival and emerge victorious in a pulsating 6-4, 6-4, 6-7, 6-7, 9-7 victory.

But Nadal has already given Spain plenty to be proud of this summer with an 11th French Open title last month, and the 32-year-old is aiming to justify his status as the world number one in London.

"I'm looking at last year's experience as a positive one and the one that I can learn from especially in my psychological approach to the match", Cilic said. "So I'm just not used to that yet", said Williams, who was controversially seeded 25th for Wimbledon on her past merits despite being outside the top 100 in the rankings.

Also getting their campaigns underway yesterday were five-time women's champion Venus Williams against Johanna Larsson.

A former World No.71, Diatchenko has been perennially snakebitten by injury throughout her career, famously forced to retire in the first round of the 2015 US Open against Serena Williams as the American began her hunt for the Calendar Year Grand Slam.

Second seed Caroline Wozniacki, who has never got to the quarter-finals at Wimbledon, built on her Eastbourne title at the weekend with a 59-minute, 6-0, 6-3 win over Varvara Lepchenko.

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