Federer, Ivanovic cruise into Wimbledon Round 2

Five-time Wimbledon champion Roger Federer and women's top seed Ana Ivanovic have it easy in the first round at Wimbledon.

updated: June 26, 2008 16:10 IST
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Five-time champion Roger Federer put his growing army of doubters firmly in their place by storming into the Wimbledon second round today.

Top seed Federer took just 79 minutes to brush off injury-plagued Slovakian, and close friend, Dominik Hrbaty 6-3, 6-2, 6-2 to reach the second round where he will face tricky Swede Robin Soderling.

Meanwhile, women's top seed Ana Ivanovic of Serbia, fresh from her maiden Grand Slam title at the French Open, was also in cruise control seeing off Paraguay's Rosanna de los Rios 6-1, 6-2.

The 20-year-old took 57 minutes to beat the 32-year-old South American, ranked 103 in the world, and now faces French veteran Nathalie Dechy for a place in the third round.

Serena Williams, the champion in 2002 and 2003, also progressed with a hard-fought 7-5, 6-3 win over Estonian French Open quarter-finalist Kaia Kanepi.

The American sixth seed will now face Poland's Urszula Radwanska for a place in the last 32.

Federer, who strolled onto Centre Court sporting a 1920s-style cardigan, devastatingly illustrated that reports of his demise were premature with his confident win under bright blue skies.

It was also a 60th consecutive grasscourt victory for Federer, whose last Grand Slam appearance ended in utter humiliation at the hands of Rafael Nadal in the French Open final.