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Feliciano Lopez happy to finally beat Roger Federer at something

Rafael Nadal's confidence is sky high says former Roger Federer's coach Feliciano Lopez happy to finally beat Roger Federer at something
Kristopher Love | 06 July, 2018, 22:54

The entire atmosphere changes at Wimbledon, and you realise the eyes are on you.

Roger Federer caused a stir when he began his quest for a ninth Wimbledon title with a new logo on his chest but everything else looked familiar as he crushed Dusan Lajovic 6-1 6-3 6-4 in glorious Centre Court sunshine on Monday.

The top seed stepped out onto Centre Court for his match against Serbian world No 58 Lajovic in a Uniqlo-branded outfit, signalling an end to his long-term association with Nike.

Federer was pushed to a tie-break in the opening set when he met the same player in the second round previous year - but he needed just 20 minutes to hit the front this time around.

Roger Federer's 21-year run with Nike is over.

"I'm very happy, I felt good from the start too which was nice and that was not the case past year against him".

"Especially I think as Feliciano and me, we go way back to the Junior European Championships under-16s in Hatfield, all the way to today, that we can talk about breaking each other's records, him breaking mine".

"It was a really nice feeling". "I got the early break in each set and then was able to bring it home".

Lajovic only lost one service game in the second set, but it was another uphill struggle to deal with the Federer serve, and the world number two hardly broke sweat as he moved two sets ahead.

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

Last year's runner-up Marin Cilic was also a comfortable victor, beating Yoshihito Nishioka of Japan 6-1 6-4 6-4.

Cilic's second-round opponent will be Argentine Guido Pella or Australian Jason Kubler.

Borna Coric became the highest seeded male to exit Wimbledon on Day 1 when he lost 7-6 (6), 6-2, 6-2 to Daniil Medvedev.

The 22-year-old Croat next faces Viktoria Kuzmova of Slovakia or Rebecca Peterson of Sweden.

Later Monday, Serena Williams tackles Dutch outsider Arantxa Rus on Court One. She gave birth to a daughter last September, and this will be the fourth tournament of her comeback.

American Sam Querrey, who lost to Cilic in the semifinals a year ago, also advanced in straight sets.

On Tuesday, the 70th-ranked Lopez grabbed the record outright when he faced Federico Delbonis of Argentina at the All England Club before completing a 6-3, 6-4, 6-2 win.

In the women's event, there were wins for Czech seventh seed Karolína Pliskova who defeated Britain's Harriet Dart 7-6 (7/2), 2-6, 6-1 and 10th seeded American Madison Keys, a 6-4, 6-2 victor over Ajla Tomljanovic of Australia.