Wimbledon: Federer and Williams show age is nothing but a number


Wimbledon 2018 progressed into the third day as Roger Federer as well as Serena and Venus Williams progressed into the third round, on the same day that top seeds in the women's draw continued to tumble.

Top seed Federer admitted before the match that he can still get nervous walking out on to Centre Court but he was at his free-flowing best against Lajovic who was little more than a prop in Federer's magic show.

Five-time Wimbledon champion Venus Williams once again dropped the opening set, and once again dominated the rest of the way to win.

The second seed complained about the nuisance the ants were causing and perhaps suffered as a result because she lost to Russia's Ekaterina Makarova 4-6, 6-1, 5-7.

Federer has been in imperious mood in pursuit of his ninth Wimbledon crown, while Williams is rounding into form just as the seven-time champion's rivals have collapsed all around her. He converted 5 break points and won 93% of his first service points.

Those who have spent enough time in the Wimbledon press conference room will remember when Roger Federer used to speak of his ambition to keep playing until the London Olympics.

"I was really able to enjoy the match out there because I got off to a good start".

American Keys kicked off her Fourth of July celebrations with a 6-4 6-3 victory over Thailand's Luksika Kumkhum.

Keys will be looking to make the fourth round of a grand slam for the 10th time in her most recent 12 attempts, while the same feat would be a career first for Rodina.

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Serena Williams was a comfortable 6-1, 6-4 victor over Bulgarian qualifier Viktoriya Tomova in the women's singles as she continues to return to her best after time off to give birth.

Federer's longest streak of sets won at Wimbledon was 34 between the third round in 2005 to the 2006 final.

"I think I did everything I could", Wozniacki said. "I thought she had to improve a lot to be a contender after the first game, and after what we saw today, she is a contender".

"It's been good. I've never fallen out of love with the sport".

Milos Raonic, seeded 13th, was made to work hard against Australia's John Millman before prevailing 7-6 7-6 7-6 in two hours 38 minutes on Court Two.

"I think we have come through it well".

"I feel guilty if I take 15 minutes for myself to stretch".

'I have played Gaal a few times but as you know, I haven't beaten him before, ' Anderson said.

South Africa's Kevin Anderson wrapped up his rain-interrupted match against Andreas Seppi on Court Two winning 6-3 6-7 (5) 6-3 6-4. He lost the 2016 final to Andy Murray and reached the quarterfinals a year ago.