Wimbledon - Federer eases past Hanescu into second round

Roger Federer began the defence of his Wimbledon title by breezing to a straight sets victory over Romanian Victor Hanescu on the opening Centre Court match of the championships on Monday.

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Roger Federer of Switzerland hits a return to Victor Hanescu of Romania (Reuters)

The third-seeded Swiss barely broke sweat in demolishing his 48th-ranked opponent 6-3 6-2 6-0 with the final set taking only 17 minutes.

On a chilly afternoon Federer strolled serenely around the lush court and was never remotely troubled in a match lasting only 68 minutes.

"I've won it (Wimbledon) a few times now but it still feels special," Federer told the BBC.

"I still enjoy myself in the first round and it's a pleasure playing on Centre Court again this year. I thought it was a good first round for me. I'm very happy, conditions are pretty cold but it releases some of the pressure now."

Hanescu lost his opening service game and was 3-0 down within six minutes as Federer showcased his broad armoury of attacking shots.

His serve regularly found the lines, with the Romanian floundering in his search for answers and unable to find any sort of rhythm.

Federer, bidding to become the first man to win the Wimbledon men's singles title eight times, will face Sergiy Stakhovsky of Ukraine in the next round.

Former Wimbledon champion Lleyton Hewitt showed he is still a force to be reckoned with on grass as the baseline terrier upset 11th seed Stanislas Wawrinka 6-4 7-5 6-3 to move into the second round on Monday.

The 32-year-old, who has slipped to 70 in the world, did not have to delve too deeply into his reserves of fighting spirit to oust the man ranked 60 places above him, relying on his clever courtcraft to manoeuvre the Swiss out of his comfort zone.

Wawrinka, who had won their last two meetings, struggled to make an impression in the evening gloom on Court One and was finished off in two hours and 12 minutes.

Hewitt, champion in 2002, will face Germany's Dustin Brown in the next round.

First-round results:

2-Andy Murray (Britain) beat Benjamin Becker (Germany) 6-4 6-3 6-2

3-Roger Federer (Switzerland) beat Victor Hanescu (Romania) 6-3 6-2 6-0

Steve Darcis (Belgium) beat 5-Rafa Nadal (Spain) 7-6(4) 7-6(8) 6-4

6-Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (France) beat David Goffin (Belgium) 7-6(4) 6-4 6-3

10-Marin Cilic (Croatia) beat Marcos Baghdatis (Cyprus) 6-3 6-4 6-4

Lleyton Hewitt (Australia) beat 11-Stanislas Wawrinka (Switzerland) 6-4 7-5 6-3

15-Nicolas Almagro (Spain) beat Juergen Zopp (Estonia) 6-4 7-6(2) 7-5

18-John Isner (U.S.) beat Evgeny Donskoy (Russia) 6-1 7-6(5) 7-6(3)

20-Mikhail Youzhny (Russia) beat Robin Haase (Netherlands) 6-4 7-5 7-5

22-Juan Monaco (Argentina) beat Bastian Knittel (Germany) 6-4 6-2 6-3

24-Jerzy Janowicz (Poland) beat Kyle Edmund (Britain) 6-2 6-2 6-4

25-Benoit Paire (France) beat Adrian Ungur (Romania) 6-4 4-6 6-3 6-1

31-Julien Benneteau (France) beat Tobias Kamke (Germany) 6-4 6-7(5) 6-4 6-2

32-Tommy Robredo (Spain) beat Alex Bogomolov Jr (Russia) 6-2 6-2 6-4

Lukasz Kubot (Poland) beat Igor Andreev (Russia) 6-1 7-5 6-2

Jurgen Melzer (Austria) beat 30-Fabio Fognini (Italy) 6-7(5) 7-5 6-3 6-2

Stephane Robert (France) beat Alejandro Falla (Colombia) 6-3 7-6(5) 7-5

Sergiy Stakhovsky (Ukraine) beat Rogerio Dutra Silva (Brazil) 6-4 6-0 6-4

Adrian Mannarino (France) beat Pablo Andujar (Spain) 6-1 6-2 6-3

Andrey Kuznetsov (Russia) beat Albert Montanes (Spain) 6-3 6-4 3-6 6-3

Vasek Pospisil (Canada) beat Marc Gicquel (France) 6-3 6-2 7-6(3)

Julian Reister (Germany) beat Lukas Rosol (Czech Republic) 6-3 4-6 7-6(5) 6-7(4) 6-4

Rajeev Ram (U.S.) beat Lukas Lacko (Slovakia) 7-5 6-4 6-7(2) 6-2

Fernando Verdasco (Spain) beat Xavier Malisse (Belgium) 6-7(5) 6-1 6-4 6-3

Dustin Brown (Germany) beat Guillermo Garcia-Lopez (Spain) 6-3 6-3 6-3

Kenny De Schepper (France) beat Paolo Lorenzi (Italy) 7-6(6) 6-4 6-2

Radek Stepanek (Czech Republic) beat Matt Reid (Australia) 6-2 6-2 6-4

Ernests Gulbis (Latvia) beat Edouard Roger-Vasselin (France) 7-6(1) 6-4 7-5

Viktor Troicki (Serbia) beat 14-Janko Tipsarevic (Serbia) 6-3 6-4 7-6(5)

Nicolas Mahut (France) beat Jan Hajek (Czech Republic) 6-2 6-4 6-3

Lu Yen-Hsun (Taiwan) beat James Ward (Britain) 6-7(4) 6-4 7-6(11) 7-6(4)

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