Federer, Williams progress in Wimbledon

Federer, Williams progress in Wimbledon

The 36-year-old is the reigning Wimbledon champion and served up a near-perfect performance against second-round victim Lukáš Lacko on Wednesday.

Federer will play Ivo Karlovic or Jan-Lennard Struff in the fourth round. Federer, who is a 20-time major victor, is eyeing to become only the second player to win nine singles titles at the All England Club after Martina Navratilova.

"I was happy to stay calm and finish off the job".

"I felt good, less nervous than in the first round", Federer said.

"What I know from knockout play throughout the course of my career is (that) you can't afford to come in lethargic", Federer explained.

The Canadian 13th seed prevailed 7-6 (7/4) 7-6 (7/4) 7-6 (7/4), relying on his bullet serve to emerge victorious from a predictably attritional Court Two contest.

Konta's defeat means she has not reached the third round at a major since last year's Wimbledon.

Williams was almost as good, losing just five of 32 points on her first serve in a 6-1, 6-4 win over Viktoriya Tomova.

The Swiss champion was at his breath-taking best as he crafted 48 exquisite winners during a 90-minute masterclass that seemed more an exhibition of his shot-making than a charge towards a record ninth Wimbledon title. Though the 25-year-old is 11 years Williams' junior and will have mobility in her corner.

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"But, if anyone in the squad thinks they have an easy game on Saturday, they're wrong". "Hopefully we'll win again, at least our bad luck has gone and we've got through penalties now".

Serena's sister Venus also progressed into the third round, but was forced to fight back from a set down to beat Romanian qualifier Alexandra Dulgheru 4-6 6-0 6-1.

The American said: "He is the favourite [to win Wimbledon] and watching him play, what is remarkable to me is how easy he makes it look after not competing for so long". If that's working for me I'm all for it. "If that's your best or not doesn't matter".

Federer next faces French 22nd seed Adrian Mannarino.

However, Swan crashed out of the tournament losing 6-0, 6-3 to Mihaela Buzarnescu.

Karolina Pliskova avoided an early exit against two-time Wimbledon semi-finalist Victoria Azarenka.

Fifth seed Juan Martin del Potro thumped Spaniard Feliciano Lopez 6-4 6-1 6-2 in 95 minutes to move into the third round.

Serena Williams powered to her 16th successive win at Wimbledon as the seven-time champion routed Bulgarian qualifier Viktoriya Tomova 6-1, 6-4.

Number-two seeded Caroline Wozniacki was upset at Wimbledon by 35th-ranked Ekaterina Makarova of Russian Federation.

Federer won 35 straight points on his own serve en route to beating Lacko and advancing to the third round. I thought I did very well today.