Wimbledon 2018: Feliciano Lopez still gets his kicks after 66

Wimbledon 2018: Feliciano Lopez still gets his kicks after 66

Wimbledon 2018: Feliciano Lopez still gets his kicks after 66

After two years of frustration at Federer's hands, Nadal finally got the better of his rival in a 6-4, 6-4, 6-7, 6-7, 9-7 victory that ranks as the most compelling Wimbledon final of all time.

"It was a great relationship with Nike and this is going to be, too - one that carries well beyond Roger's playing days. I'm happy for him", Federer said on Monday.

Eight-time champion Roger Federer and seven-time victor Serena Williams shrugged off 30-degree heat to breeze into the Wimbledon second round Monday.

Spain's Feliciano Lopez set a new record for consecutive Grand Slam appearances on Tuesday when he started his 66th major in a row at Wimbledon.

"For me, after 30 years always so important to be competitive and to challenge the best players in the world".

US Open champion and fourth seed Sloane Stephens became the first big casualty when she lost 6-1, 6-3 to World No. 55 Donna Vekic.

Federer played at 65 successive slams from the 2000 Australian Open, until missing the French Open in 2016.

The second-seeded Nadal hadn't played a match since claiming his 11th French Open title last month, but showed little sign of rust as he cruised to victory against Sela. "We in it together", she added. Monfils went on to win the match.Clive Mason/Getty ImagesMEAN GREENArantxa Rus of the Netherlands muscles a return to Serena Williams.

Bulgarian sixth seed Grigor Dimitrov, a semi-finalist in 2014, completed the programme against three-time major victor Stan Wawrinka. And then, a five-game run and 25 minutes later, Williams had completed the 7-5, 6-3 result.

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

Roger Federer got his Wimbledon title defence underway in exactly the way you would have been expecting him to - a classy straight-set win on Centre Court.

Venus Williams, a five-time champion and runner-up past year, made the next round with a 6-7 (3/7), 6-2, 6-1 win against Johanna Larsson of Sweden.

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

Not that she's unique: Other mothers who won Monday included 57th-ranked Tatjana Maria of Germany, who beat Svitolina 7-6 (3), 4-6, 6-1; former No. 1 and two-time Australian Open titlist Victoria Azarenka of Belarus and 120th-ranked qualifier Evgeniya Rodina of Russian Federation.

Instead it was a familiar tale of woe for the 21-year-old 16th seed as he was outplayed in the first round by Russian Daniil Medvedev 7-6 (6), 6-2, 6-2.

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