Published: Sun, July 08, 2018
Sport | By Fredrick Flores

Roger Federer delivers shot-making masterclass to reach Wimbledon 2018 round three

Roger Federer delivers shot-making masterclass to reach Wimbledon 2018 round three

The Dane fought back from 5-1 down in the final set and saved four match points, before eventually succumbing 6-4 1-6 7-5 to Russian world number 35 Ekaterina Makarova.

Wimbledon's first week has been characterised by a set of stunning performances and phenomenal upsets.

Belgium's Kim Clijsters returned to win the 2009 US Open, while Margaret Court and Evonne Goolagong Cawley won majors after giving birth in an era when the physical demands on players were less intense.

"It will be good", said 23-time Grand Slam champion Williams.

"I am happy how I am hitting the ball, good concentration on my service games and I'm able to mix it up with some slices and coming over on returns".

"I clearly enjoy the path more where it comes easier, not wasting too much energy is always nice".

Sharapova, playing Wimbledon for the first time in three years after missing 2016 through a drugs ban and 2017 due to injury, gave up the match on her 11th double fault.

It was the first time the eight-time Wimbledon champion had worn the brand publicly, but organizers said he didn't violate any of their strict rules in regards to using the tournament for marketing purposes.

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Karolina Pliskova avoided an early exit against two-time Wimbledon semi-finalist Victoria Azarenka.

Slipping and sliding to defeat after defeat, the top 10 seeds in the women's singles nearly entirely made a bodge of the first three rounds.

"I think what is important when you want to serve well is your point-for-point mentality, saying maybe the first point is as important as a break point", he said.

The No. 9 seed, at 38 the oldest woman in the draw, came back to beat 141st-ranked qualifier Alexandra Dulgheru of Romania 4-6, 6-0, 6-1 after dropping the first set for a second straight match. "I don't know if I've ever played her before which is tough", said Venus, who booked her place in the third round for the 18th time.

Two straightforward, straight-sets victories sets up her third round contest with World No. 120, Rodina. It's just about winning the match. I was actually into it at the end.

"Every time when I see an article or a video, especially which I enjoy a lot, I see something about the queue", the 20-time grand slam victor told reporters after his second-round win over Lukas Lacko.

German Julia Goerges, who had lost in the opening round in her previous five Wimbledon appearances, edged past Czech Barbora Strycova 7-6 (3) 3-6 10-8 in just under three hours on Court Two. The 28-year-old came from two sets down to beat Ivo Karlovic 6-7, 3-6, 7-6, 7-6, 13-11 in a match that lasted almost four hours.

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