Roger Federer Wins as Alexandr Dolgopolov Retires in 1st Round of 2017 Wimbledon

Gianni Verschueren@ReverschPassFeatured ColumnistJuly 4, 2017

Switzerland's Roger Federer returns to Ukraine's Alexandr Dolgopolov during their Men's Singles Match on day two at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London Tuesday, July 4, 2017. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)
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Roger Federer needed little time to get past Alexandr Dolgopolov in the first round of the 2017 Wimbledon tournament on Tuesday at the All England Club, as his opponent retired midway through the second set.

The Swiss veteran won the first set 6-3 in dominant fashion at Centre Court, and his opponent called for a trainer afterward. With Federer leading 3-0 in the second, Dolgopolov decided to pull the plug on his tournament.

The tournament favourite wasted no time whatsoever, grabbing a break in the opening game with some wonderful attacking tennis. Dolgopolov looked lost and duly helped out with multiple unforced errors.

The Ukrainian power hitter grew more comfortable as the set wore on, but he had no answers in the return game. As ESPN Stats & Info shared, Federer set a new personal milestone for aces during the match:

As soon as the first set ended, Dolgopolov asked for a physio, who took a look at his ankle. Fans and pundits alike feared the worst, and after three lopsided games in the second set, Dolgopolov called it a tournament.

As Ben Rothenberg of the New York Times shared, it was not a good day for fans who paid good money to watch Federer and Novak Djokovic:

As tennis writer Randy Walker shared, John McEnroe went off in the broadcast booth:

Federer's next opponent will be the winner of the match between Stefanos Tsitsipas and Dusan Lajovic.

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