Wimbledon 2011: Federer blows away plucky Kukushkin

first_imgIt’s hard to be Roger Federer. When he wins, he has to answer gamut of questions and when he loses he grilled. And when he walks through a first round match at The Championships, there are still many more questions from the media to be answered.On Tuesday, as Londoners enjoyed bright sunshine and the swirling winds forced people to pull out their woollens, Federer did not have too many problems.The six-time champion took his time to check out newcomer Mikhail Kukushkin from Kazakhstan before forcing a 7-6( 7/2), 6-4, 6-2 victory in the first round.Since the time Federer landed in London last week, he has been repeatedly asked how he feels about going for Pete Sampras’s record of seven titles at the Wimbledon. On Tuesday, Federer answered some of those questions he served well and handled the tough conditions find his feet on Centre Court.Playing on the big stage for the first time, Kukushkin was composed and even had some of the fans cheering for him. Federer didn’t mind it really as he has seen so many of these journeymen in his career.A third seeding for Federer here is something unusual. And even as people fuss over Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic, Federer was happy to put away Kukushkin, with his potent serve again catching the eye. Proof of it came through the 12 aces he rifled in.”It’s nice to win in straight sets. I thought I played a really good match. Tough conditions as it was windy out there,” said Federer. As one who has seen the highs and lows at Wimbledon, Federer knows it is best to get past the first round as quickly as possible.advertisementAndy Roddick got past Andreas Beck of Germany 6-4, 7-6, 7-3. Like Federer, Roddick also spoke of how it felt good to get past the first round.”There’s always anxiety before you play your first round.You saw last night with Andy Murray and then he found his groove. It’s just a matter of getting through,” said Roddick.Novak Djokovic made a highly impressive start to his bid for a first Wimbledon title with a crushing 6-4 6-1 6-1 win over Jeremy Chardy on Tuesday.The Serbian second seed, who has only lost one match all year, overpowered Frenchman Chardy with a superb display of grasscourt tennis as the evening shadows slowly made their way across breezy Centre Court.Djokovic, wearing a strap below his left knee, broke the world number 54 twice early in the second set to storm to a 4-1 lead. The third set was largely repeat of the second as Djokovic broke the 24-year-old’s first service game to take an early lead.On Monday, Andy Murray swept the last 15 games after an uncertain start to beat Daniel Gimeno- Traver 4-6, 6-3, 6-0, 6-0.Playing under the roof because of rain, the fourthseeded Murray broke for the first time in the seventh game of the second set and didn’t lose another game.- With inputs from agencies For more news on India, click here.For more news on Business, click here.For more news on Movies, click here.For more news on Sports, click here.last_img

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