Roger Federer beats Lukas Lacko to advance to third round at Wimbledon

Heather Diaz
July 5, 2018

No such problems for Federer, who won 35 straight points on his serve on route to beating Lukas Lacko of Slovakia 6-4, 6-4, 6-1.

It means the eight-time champion has racked up 27 consecutive sets at SW19 in a run of nine successive wins over the last two years.

At one point, Roger won staggering 35 points in a row on serve, including a flawless second set where he held five times at love, and Lukas never reached a deuce on the return. The top-seeded Federer defeated Slovakian challenger Lukas Lacko in three straight sets to move on, while Williams cruised past Bulgaria's Viktoriya Tomova.

Commenting after the victory, Federer admitted to the BBC that he "played very well". In the third set, Federer broke Lacko in the fifth game to take a commanding 4-1 lead before winning the final two games to finish off the match.

He said he "felt good" and "less nervous" than he did in his previous match, his first-round win over Dušan Lajović on Monday.

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It was another dominant display by the eight-time champion, who lost just nine of 61 points on his serve in total and broke Lacko five times, including with a forehand victor to close out the match.

Williams was almost as good, losing just five of 32 points on her first serve in a 6-1, 6-4 win over Viktoriya Tomova.

Tomova, the 23-year-old Bulgarian, had won her first Grand Slam match in the opening round, but was no match for her opponent in the first set as she struggled to compete, but did improve dramatically in the second.

The No 9 seed, who is the oldest woman in the draw at 38, came back to beat 141st-ranked qualifier Alexandra Dulgheru of Romania 4-6, 6-0, 6-1 to reach the third round at the All England Club.

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