Published: Fri, July 06, 2018
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Federer, Serena in Wimbledon masterclass as Wozniacki crashes

Federer, Serena in Wimbledon masterclass as Wozniacki crashes

On Wednesday, Federer extended his flawless winning streak at Wimbledon to 26 consecutive sets as the defending champion crushed Lukas Lacko.

In the first set, Federer broke Lacko in the seventh game to take the opener, 6-4.

In total, he lost just nine of 61 points on his serve and broke Lacko five times, including a dominant forehand victor to claim the match win.

Makarova followed up her victory over second-seeded Caroline Wozniacki by beating former semifinalist Lucie Safarova of the Czech Republic 4-6, 6-4, 6-1 to reach the round of 16 for the third time.

Fellow top-10 seeds Pliskova, Venus Williams and Madison Keys all progressed, while top seed Simona Halep and third seed Garbine Muguruza will play on Thursday, but the draw has been blown even further open by Wozniacki's exit.

The seven-time champion, who was controversially seeded at 25 following her lengthy absence as a new mother, claimed a 6-1, 6-4 win in 66 minutes on Centre Court.

"I played very well again, I felt good out there, less nerves than in the first round, which is normal", Federer said, after racking up his 93rd Wimbledon win.

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When Roger Federer's lunging mis-hit spun high into the air and turned into a glorious lob, Lukas Lacko must have known it was going to be one of those days when he might as well enjoy having the best view in the house.

And speaking of Wimbledon greats, Serena will also be playing her third round match Friday against Mladenovic.

Her elder sister Venus Williams won her match, as well, after coming back to beat Romanian qualifier Alexandra Dulgheru 4-6, 6-0, 6-1.

The ninth-seeded American had struggled in the opening set of her first-round match with Johanna Larsson, but roared back to win.

Fourth-seeded Alexander Zverev completed another five-set comeback to reach the fourth round at Wimbledon.

The 36-year-old, whose winning run encompasses her Wimbledon titles in 2015 and 2016, missed the grass-court Grand Slam last year while she prepared to give birth to daughter Alexis Olympia in September.

Even ultimate warrior Williams, who was unable to defend her 2016 Wimbledon title past year because she was pregnant, applauded a couple of her opponent's winners late in the second set before completing victory in 66 minutes.

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