WIMBLEDON: Roger Federer gave Prince Charles a bow, then gave Fabio Fognini a royal thumping. With the Prince of Wales visiting Wimbledon for the first time since 1970, Federer was at his best Wednesday and beat Fognini 6-1, 6-3, 6-2.
Six-time champion Federer won 37 of 41 points on his first serve, and won 21 of 23 points at the net against Fognini, an Italian ranked 68th. Charles and his wife Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, sat in the first row of the Royal Box as Federer walked onto Centre Court for the day’s first match. Federer and Fognini stood side by side as they bowed awkwardly toward the royals, and Charles responded with a wave and grin. When Federer completed his victory, Charles and Camilla joined the crowd’s applause.
Seeded third, Federer hopes to end his 2½-year drought in major tournaments, and he’s off to a good start, losing only nine games through two rounds. He seeks to add to his record total of 16 Grand Slam titles, and he could match the record of seven Wimbledon men’s titles set by William Renshaw in the 1880s and tied by Pete Sampras in 2000.
Sloane Stephens, a 19-year-old American playing at Wimbledon for the first time, saved five set points in the first set and beat No 23 Petra Cetkovska 7-6 (6), 4-6, 6-3. Heather Watson became the first British woman to reach the third round since 2002 when she defeated American Jamie Hampton 6-1, 6-4.
Sara Errani needed only seven seconds to complete a rain-interrupted win, and she didn’t even have to hit a ball. Errani led American CoCo Vandeweghe 6-1, 5-3 and held the advantage one point from victory when their match was halted Tuesday evening. They returned to Court 16 some 18 hours later, and when Vandeweghe double-faulted into the net on the first point, Errani had the win.
No 21-seeded Milos Raonic required only one game to complete a rain-interrupted first-round win over Santiago Giraldo, 6-4, 6-4, 6-4. No 7 David Ferrer reached the second round by beating Dustin Brown 7-6 (5), 6-4, 6-4.
Reigning US Open champion Samantha Stosur lost to Arantxa Rus 6-2, 0-6, 6-4. Stosur, who was seeded fifth, fell to 6-10 at Wimbledon. No 13 Dominika Cibulkova lost to Klara Zakopalova 6-4, 6-1. Former No 1 Ana Ivanovic beat Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez 6-3, 3-6, 6-3.