Roger Federer rolled to another easy win Wednesday at Wimbledon. The Swiss won his 9th straight match at the event breezing past Eastbourne finalist Lukas Lacko 6-4, 6-4, 6-1.
“On certain days it goes better than others. Sometimes your serve matches up better against certain players. There’s no doubt about that, as well,” Federer said.
The Slovakian Lacko falls to 0-19 lifetime against Top 10 players.
Up next is Jan-Lennard Struff who withstood 61 aces from Ivo Karlovic to win his second straight match from 0-2 down and reach his first Grand Slam third round.
Milos Raonic, the last man to take a set off of Federer, won three tiebreakers to beat John Millman.
“I feel good, [my] body has behaved,” said Raonic. “Obviously, we are very cautious with it, because it’s tough to ask the body to stop and start all the time. We pay a lot more attention with the treatments after matches.”
Sam Querrey didn’t drop serve – and hasn’t done so yet this week – in a comprehensive victory over Sergiy Stakhovsky 7-6, 6-3, 6-3. Querrey’s countrymen John Isner and Jared Donaldson both had their matches suspended. Isner was in the fifth against qualifier Ruben Bemelmens while Donaldson was up a break in the fourth, trying to force a fifth on Stefanos Tsitsipas.
It was a mixed day for Frenchmen. Gael Monfils dropped the first but got on track to beat Paolo Lorenzi 3-6, 6-3, 7-6, 7-6 and Andrian Mannarino ousted Ryan Harrison in straights. But 17 seed Lucas Pouille fell victim to Wimbledon debutant Denis Novak. The qualifier reached his first career Slam third round beating Pouille 6-4, 6-2, 6-7, 3-6, 6-2.
Monfils will now meet Querrey on Friday in the third round.
“[Gael] has a big serve, which is tough. His movement is obviously incredible. For a big guy, he backs up and beats you with movement and shot making,” said Querrey. “Those are his best assets. He’s a guy that can hit passing shots from 10 feet behind the baseline.
“He can win a lot of those cat-and-mouse points where you’re running side to side. He’s going to win some of those points on Friday, and I’ll be ready for that. I’m just going to hopefully keep coming at him with big serves, big forehands, and big backhands.”
Russian Daniil Medveved was also a winner before the rains came which halted a half-dozen matches.
Marin Cilic led by two sets but was down a break. Kevin Anderson was up 2 sets to 1 on Andreas Seppi. Stan Wawrinka was trying to avoid crashing out in straights to qualifier Thomas Fabbiano and Philipp Kohlschreiber was up a set and led in the second breaker against Gilles Muller.
On Thursday, the second round concludes with Rafael Nadal taking on Mikhail Kukushkin, Novak Djokovic dueling with Horacio Zeballos, Juan Martin del Potro facing Feliciano Lopez and British No. 1 Kyle Edmund testing former Stanford standout Bradley Klahn.
Nick Kyrgios, Alexander Zverev, Kei Nishikori and Denis Shapovalov will also see action.
THURSDAY WIMBLEDON SCHEDULE
CENTRE COURT – 1:00PM
1. Mikhail Kukushkin v Rafael Nadal
2. Johanna Konta v Dominika Cibulkova
3. Kyle Edmund v Bradley Klahn
NO.1 COURT – 1:00PM
1. Marin Cilic v Guido Pella
2. Simona Halep v Saisai Zheng
3. Juan Martin Del Potro v Feliciano Lopez
4. Taylor Fritz v Alexander Zverev
NO.2 COURT – 11:30AM
1. Katie Boulter v Naomi Osaka
2. Andreas Seppi v Kevin Anderson
3. Horacio Zeballos v Novak Djokovic
4. Bernard Tomic v Kei Nishikori
5. Garbine Muguruza v Alison Van Uytvanck
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