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Federer, Cilic pass first Wimbledon hurdle

Federer, Cilic pass first Wimbledon hurdle

Milos Raonic of Thornhill, Ont., opened with a 7-5, 6-0, 6-1 victory over Britain's Liam Broady while Peter Polansky, also of Thornhill, dropped his first-round match to Austria's Dennis Novak.

The only things unfamiliar about Federer were his clothes.

Roger Federer is now with UNIQLO, leaving Nike for a massive deal.

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. John Isner defeated Yannick Maden in three sets and unseeded Americans Mackenzie McDonald and Jared Donaldson also advanced. The 36-year-old, whose longtime apparel deal with Nike expired in March, walked onto Centre Court sporting the red and white square logo of the Japanese brand Uniqlo on his jacket, shirt, headband and socks. The shoes, still retain the swoosh with the design signifying his eight tiles at the All England Club.

Nadal, who had lost to Federer in the previous two Wimbledon finals, called it "a very important step forward for me" and "one of the most emotional matches that I played in my career". I was aware that most of the guys who were playing great at Queen's were also continuing to play again over here.

Also my technique. I play quite easy, so I don't make a huge effort in every single shot that I play.

U.S. jobs growth stronger than expected
The labor force participation has increased, which brought the unemployment rate up slightly from 3.8 percent to 4 percent . It increases pressure to raise wages, and even curb business growth if there are not enough people to do the work.

Murray's 2013 title at Wimbledon was the first for a British male in 77 years.

Play is under way on Day 1 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.

The Wimbledon 2018 Centre Court programme will get under way in about an hour with the defending champion Roger Federer against the world No 58 Dusan Lajovic.

Yet missing from his new outfit was Federer's monogram of his initials which he confirmed is still the property of Nike.

There seems to be little chance of any rain delays, with the forecast calling for sunny skies and temperatures of up to 86 degrees (30 C).


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