35 service points, 26 sets in a row at Wimbledon for Federer

first_imgCloudy skies over Luzon due to amihan Federer moved into the third round at the All England Club as he chases his record-extending ninth championship there, using close-to-impeccable serving to beat 73rd-ranked Lukas Lacko of Slovakia 6-4, 6-4, 6-1.The 36-year-old Federer compiled 48 winners and just 11 unforced errors. He won 40 of 43 first-serve points, never faced a break chance, and delivered 16 aces.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown“Sometimes your serve matches up better against certain players,”he said. “There’s no doubt about that.”Talk about an understatement. Christopher Tolkien, son of Lord of the Rings author, dies aged 95 LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Switzerland’s Roger Federer celebrates his match point against Slovakia’s Lukas Lacko in their men’s singles match, on the third day of the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London, Wednesday July 4, 2018. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)LONDON — As Roger Federer was winning 35 consecutive service points at Wimbledon on Wednesday — yes, 35 in a row — a Centre Court spectator cheered him on while wearing a red shirt with white lettering that said, “PeRFect.”He comes pretty close to living up to that at times.ADVERTISEMENT Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Taal victims get help from Kalayaan town In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Harvey Weinstein rape trial MOST READ View comments Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Wednesday’s result increased Federer’s streak to 26 straight sets at Wimbledon, equaling his second-best run, which came in 2003-04. His best was a 34-streak sequence from 2005-06.A year ago, Federer became the first man since Bjorn Borg in 1976 to win the title at the grass-court Grand Slam tournament without ceding a single set.So what, Federer was asked, makes him so successful on grass?“I don’t know. I don’t know,” he began, before offering quite a list for someone who doesn’t know.“Maybe it’s that it helps my slice. That maybe the footwork on grass comes easier to me than for other guys. I’m not sure. Then because I have a decent speed on the serve, and I can serve kick and slice. Maybe also the grass helps me just a little bit to get a few more free points than what it would on some other surfaces.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next At 4-3, 40-30, Federer hit a 118 mph ace to hold and start his roll that included the last five points he served in the first set, all 20 in the second, and then the first 10 of the third. By then, it was so dominant that one television announcer was moved to jokingly exclaim, “Come on, double-fault!”Federer did not oblige, but moments later, he did lose a point he served at 4-1, 30-love, when Lacko smacked a down-the-line backhand passing winner.“I think (what’s) important when you want to serve well is your point-for-point mentality, saying, maybe, ‘The first point is as important as a break point,’ so the concentration is the same,” Federer explained. “Trying to remember all the things you’ve done throughout the entire match — what has worked, what hasn’t worked.”Very little did not work on this day, and he’s allowed his two opponents to collect a total of 17 games through six sets.Very little hasn’t worked for him over the years at Wimbledon, even now that he’s in his mid-30s.ADVERTISEMENT Bicol riders extend help to Taal evacuees Laser focuslast_img

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