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Serena Williams back doing what she does best at Wimbledon

Serena Williams back doing what she does best at Wimbledon”

Roger Federer could end Wimbledon as the man with nine titles but no initials.

Federer's stylish "RF" logo was missing from his outfit as he stepped out on Centre Court on Monday to begin his title defense with a quick 6-1, 6-3, 6-4 win over Dusan Lajovic. The 36-year-old superstar took some time to get up to speed, but overcame Arantxa Rus of the Netherlands 7-5 6-3 in her quest for an eighth Wimbledon title.

The All England Club will stick to its policy of refusing to show World Cup matches on its giant screen adjacent to Court One.

This was Serena's first Wimbledon match after the birth of her first child.

But everything else was familiar for the Swiss star who cruised past World No. 57 Lajovic in just 79 minutes.

It was the second successive year that Federer had knocked out the Serb at Wimbledon.

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"I hope rather sooner than later, that Nike can be nice and helpful in the process to bring it over to me", Federer said. The arrangement is reportedly worth $300 million guaranteed over 10 years, per ESPN and The Wall Street Journal, with a clause allowing Federer to collect even if he doesn't play.

But there was no lack of competitive edge from the 2008 and 2010 champion who comfortably avoided being beaten at the tournament by a player ranked outside the top 100 for what would have been the fifth time in his last six visits. Even the match point was on a knife-edge.

Williams will face No. 135 Viktoriya Tomova in the second round, while Federer will play Lukas Lacko.

She said: "I literally sat Olympia in my arms, I talked to her, we prayed about it".

"And also mentally I have enough strength to be playing so many years".

You can't help but feel that it is going to take a lot more than a spot of sunshine to dethrone the king of grass at his favourite hunting ground.

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What a fighter! We wish her the best for the tournament!

The 2014 semi-finalist was stunned by three-time Slam victor Stan Wawrinka 1-6, 7-6 (7/3), 7-6 (7/5), 6-4.

Federer confirmed his switch from the United States sportswear brand to Uniqlo on the first day of Wimbledon by walking out to play in his new outfit but remained in personalised Wimbledon Nike trainers as he beat Dusan Lajovic in straight sets on Monday.

The Spaniard, seeded second behind 2017 champion Roger Federer, won 6-3 6-3 6-2 against the world number 127.

On Sunday, he turned up at the traditional champion's pre-tournament news conference at the All England Club in a white shirt, grey blazer and navy pants instead of the usual tennis whites he has sported in previous years.

The former world number three is now ranked 224th due to a prolonged absence through injury.

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