Federer, Djokovic secure 1st round victories at Wimbledon'11

Written by: Biswajeet Panda
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London, Jun 22: Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic completed first round formalities to move into the second leg of Wimbledon 2011. Federer beat Kazakhstan's Mikhail Kukushkin 7-6 (7-2) 6-4 6-2 while Djokovic got the better of Frenchman Jeremy Chardy 6-4 6-1 6-1 in one hour and 20 minutes on Centre Court.

In his first match after the loss to Rafael Nadal in the finals of the French Open 2011, Federer appeared to be in prime-form as he unleashed a full array of dazzling stroke-play to crush Mikhail Kukushkin.

Appearing ecstatic after the almost easy victory, Federer said, "It feels like if things go well for me I can go extremely far here, whereas at Roland Garros I feel it's a bit more on other opponents' rackets."

And added, "But here I feel it's a bit more on mine. That's why I'll always play with some pressure here at Wimbledon just because of the occasion and what it means to me. I was nervous going out in today's match."

Meanwhile, Djokovic appeared to have reclaimed the form that led him to 41-match unbeaten streak before being beaten by Roger Federer. He made a mincemeat of Jeremy Chardy and set up a second round date with either South African Kevin Anderson or Ukraine's Illya Marchenko.

A relaxed Djokovic, in his post-match conference said, "When this streak ended in Paris, it was kind of a relief because it's been a very successful five or six months for me, but very long as well and exhausting."

And added, "I've played so many matches. So I needed some time to relax, and I'm happy to see that I'm playing well again and that I'm mentally really fresh to have more success."

Expressing satisfaction with the way he has started the tournament, the big-serving Serbian said, "I'm very satisfied with the way I started the tournament. This performance was great. My serve was very accurate in quite difficult conditions for both of us because we had to face the strong wind."

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