Wimbledon - Federer given tough workout again

Wed, 23 Jun 19:42:00 2010

Six-times champion Roger Federer was forced to dig deep at Wimbledon again, the Swiss reaching the third round with a hard-fought 6-3 6-7(4) 6-4 7-6(5) victory over Serbian Ilija Bozoljac.

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Federer, who came back from the brink to defeat Colombian Alejandro Falla in his opening match, had an uncomfortable time against the big-serving qualifier.

The number one seed, in unfamiliar territory on Court One, the first time he has been away from Centre Court at the All England Club since 2007, finally prevailed in two hours and 46 minutes.

Federer now takes on either Arnaud Clement, after the Frenchman beat Australia's Peter Luczak 6-7(4) 6-3 6-3 6-4.

Andy Roddick woke up in time to prevent an unexpected second-round exit at Wimbledon when he came through 4-6 6-4 6-1 7-6(2) against dangerous Frenchman Michael Llodra.

Roddick, runner-up last year, dropped serve to love in the fifth game of the opening set against a player comfortable on grass but raised his game to dominate the next two sets.

Llodra regrouped in the fourth set and pushed the American into a tiebreak but Roddick forged 6-2 ahead and clinched victory when he punched away a forehand into a gaping court.

Roddick, hugely popular at Wimbledon after his three final defeats by Roger Federer, celebrated by kicking a ball into the crowd.

He will face 29th seed Philipp Kohlschreiber in the third round, after the German came through an epic 7-6(6) 5-7 2-6 7-6(5) 9-7 against Russia's Teimuraz Gabashvili.

Novak Djokovic withstood some rocket-fuelled Taylor Dent serving to move impressively into the third round.

The Serbian third seed, who toiled for five sets against Olivier Rochus in Monday's first round, was too good for the American as he claimed a 7-6 6-1 6-4 victory.

Dent walloped down a serve at 148mph in the opening set, a delivery that beat the previous Wimbledon speed record of 146mph by Andy Roddick last year, but he ran out of steam.

Djokovic was untroubled after taking the first set on a tiebreak and completed his Centre Court victory in one hour and 57 minutes.

He will face Spain's Albert Montanes in round three, after the 28th seed beat American Brendan Evans 3-6 6-3 6-7(5) 6-1 6-1.

Australian Lleyton Hewitt recorded his 100th grass-court victory, landing a bloodless win after Kazakhstan's Evgeny Korolev retired with a suspected shoulder injury.

The 2002 Wimbledon champion comfortably won the first two sets 6-4 6-4 and was leading 3-0 in the third when his opponent called it a day.

The 29-year-old Hewitt is playing with all his old flair, his confidence riding high after he ended a 15-match losing streak to defeat Roger Federer in the pre-Wimbledon tournament at Halle.

Next in line for the 15th seed is Frenchman Gael Monfils, after the 12th seed beat Germany's Karol Beck 6-4 6-4 6-7(4) 6-4.

Reuters

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