Federer, Williams progress in Wimbledon


It's the same class Serena Williams wields. I felt good out there. "I haven't had any problems yet".

The No. 9 seed, at 38 the oldest woman in the draw, came back to beat 141st-ranked qualifier Alexandra Dulgheru of Romania 4-6, 6-0, 6-1 after dropping the first set for a second straight match.

Five of the top 10 women's seeds have now failed to go beyond the second round at Wimbledon.

Lucas Pouille became the latest seeded player to exit the men's draw at Wimbledon after a 6-4, 6-2, 6-7 (8), 3-6, 6-2 defeat to Austrian qualifier Dennis Novak. Williams was in dominant mood on Centre Court, brushing aside Tomova in just 66 minutes with 24 winners and four aces to extend her streak of consecutive match wins at the All England Club.

Keys will be looking to make the fourth round of a grand slam for the 10th time in her most recent 12 attempts, while the same feat would be a career first for Rodina.

Serena was seeded 25th by the All England Club, a bump from her current ranking of 181st, a spot owing to her time away from the game. The U.S. Open runner-up was a quarter-finalist at Wimbledon in 2015 but has struggled to build on that in the last two years.

Two straightforward, straight-sets victories sets up her third round contest with World No. 120, Rodina.

"Serena", Rodina said, "is my idol".

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Renault's Nico Hulkenberg was the first retirement, with his engine spewing a cloud of smoke and flames. Sixth place went to Force India's Esteban Ocon, while his team-mate Sergio Perez finished seventh.

In this picture, Switzerland players look dejected following their side's defeat in the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Round of 16 match between Sweden and Switzerland at Saint Petersburg Stadium in Saint Petersburg, Russia, on July 3, 2018. Plenty are in awe when they stand on the other side of a net from her. "I always have this sort of dream or this thing, I just want to, like, walk past them and speak to these people, to hear their stories".

They were treated to the Swiss' full repertoire, with Federer saying after his victory that playing the percentage shots too much "becomes boring".

To the tune of 23 Grand Slam singles championships. There may be major tests ahead, and perhaps she might fall short, but what her rivals have witnessed so far is a masterclass in how to get the W by your name.

"Yeah, I'm very happy on both ends, absolutely", Federer said. "I don't know if I've ever played her before which is tough", said Venus, who booked her place in the third round for the 18th time.

Play remains suspended on all outer courts due to a spell of rain. But in the third, she couldn't quite pull off that same trick.

He comes pretty close to living up to that at times.

Tennis great Andre Agassi described "timeless" Roger Federer's exploits even in the twilight of his career as 'remarkable and unexplainable'.

"Of course, that was going (though) my mind sometimes", Bertens said. "I've kept the [ATP] Tour fun. One that takes decades and makes it into one generation that everybody should be grateful to be able to watch", the 1996 Olympic gold-medallist had said previous year. "It was just toe-to-toe there".