Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal book third-round spots at Wimbledon

Fitzgerald Cecilio – 4E Sports Reporter

Wimbledon, England, United Kingdom (4E Sports) – Former No. 1 and seven-time champion Roger Federer fired 25 aces en route to a 6-3, 7-5, 6-3 win over Gilles Muller Thursday that earned him a spot in the third round at Wimbledon.

Federer committed just five unforced errors and won 91 percent of his points on first serve to wrap up victory in one hour and 34 minutes and improve to 4-0 against Muller.

On each occasion that he has beaten Muller during a tournament, Federer has gone on to win the title. The 32-year-old Federer is bidding to win an unprecedented eighth title at the All England Club.

Meanwhile, second seed and two-time former champion Rafael Nadal came back from the brink of a two-set deficit to beat Lukas Rosol, 4-6, 7-6(6), 6-4, 6-4, for a place in the third round.

Nadal will next face Mikhail Kukushkin, who defeated Frank Dancevic, 6-3, 6-3, 6-2, while Federer awaits the winner of the Marcel Granollers-Santiago Giraldo showdown.

American John Isner also advanced via a hard-fought 7-6(17), 7-6(3), 7-5 win over Jarkko Nieminen while fifth seed Wawrinka fired 56 winners to beat Yen-Hsun Lu, 7-6(6), 6-3, 3-6, 7-5, in two hours and 42 minutes.

Wawrinka will now face Denis Istomin, who defeated Julian Reister 7-6(7), 6-4, 6-4.

Play on the outside courts was suspended for the day in the early evening due to rain. Jerzy Janowicz was leading 2002 champion Lleyton Hewitt 7-5, 4-4 before the match was suspended.

The showdown between Marcel Granollers and Santiago Giraldo and Feliciano Lopez against Ante Pavic were also suspended.

On the women’s side, five-time champion Serena Williams advanced to the third round with a 6-1, 6-1 win over Chanelle Scheepers in just 49 minutes.

The 32-year-old Williams will next face Alize Cornet, who defeated Petra Cetkovska, 6-4, 5-7, 6-3.

Former No. 1 Maria Sharapova blasted Timea Bacsinszky, 6-2, 6-1, to advance against Alison Riske, a 7-5, 6-2 winner over Camila Giorgi.

Other winners were Angelique Kerber, Ana Ivanovic, Eugenie Bouchard, Sabine Lisicki, Zarina Diyas, Andrea Petkovic, Kirsten Flipkens, Madison Keys, Vera Zvonareva and Yaroslava Shvedova.

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