Roger Federer's Early Play an Encouraging Sign for Remainder of Wimbledon

Jesse Reed@@JesseReed78Correspondent IJune 26, 2013

LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 24:  Roger Federer of Switzerland celebrates match point during his gentlemen's singles first round match against Victor Hanescu of Romania on day one of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on June 24, 2013 in London, England.  (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
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Roger Federer breezed through the first round at the 2013 Wimbledon Championships, and he looks sharp heading into Round 2 and beyond. 

The seven-time Wimbledon champion barely broke a sweat against Victor Hanescu on Monday, winning the match in straight sets. The match took just 108 minutes to complete, as noted by ESPN Tennis, and improved his overall Wimbledon record to 67-7:

While some of the other top players in the field struggled with players well below their level of skill, Federer looked every bit the part of a defending champ against his veteran opponent.

Hanescu—the No. 48th-ranked player in the world—had gotten out of the first round in six of his seven career Wimbledon appearances. As noted by Live Tennis, he was actually serving quite well, but he was not close to being a match for Federer:

Back on his favored grass surface for two tournaments now, Federer has been phenomenal. He won the Gerry Weber Open in Halle as a tuneup for the Wimbledon Championships and was as sharp as a tack against Hanescu. 

Federer blasted seven aces, hit 32 winners and was brilliant around the net, winning 21 of 25 net points, including this insane volley, as shown by 101 Great Goals:

When the Swiss master is playing this well, he's nearly invincible. 

Up next for Federer is Sergiy Stakhovsky—the 116th-ranked player in the world.

Though Stakhovsky has had some success on the ATP Tour in the past (four wins), his career has taken a turn for the worst in the past couple of seasons. He has never before gotten out of the second round at Wimbledon and shouldn't give Federer much trouble on Wednesday.

These two men have only faced one another once before, as shown by Roger Federer News—a match Federer easily won 6-3, 6-4:

Federer's road to the semifinals shouldn't be too difficult now, given the fact that Rafael Nadal was shocked in Round 1 by Steve Darcis.  

His toughest potential competitors through the quarterfinals will be Benoit Paire and John Isner—players with a combined career record of 1-7 against Federer.

Nothing is guaranteed from round to round, but the way Federer is playing right now you'd be foolish to bet against him. The way he's playing right now, Federer has as good a chance as any player in the field at the All England Club to win the 2013 Wimbledon Championships.


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