Federer opens title defense with win in 68 minutes
- Article by: STEPHEN WILSON
- AP Sports Writer
- June 24, 2013 - 9:07 AM
LONDON — Ten years after his first Wimbledon championship, Roger Federer began his bid for a record eighth title at the All England Club with the same dominance that has defined his grass-court greatness.
Opening the tournament on Centre Court as defending champion, Federer looked right as home Monday as he dismantled Victor Hanescu of Romania 6-3, 6-2, 6-0 in just 68 minutes.
This was a grass-court clinic from Federer, who had 32 winners, seven aces and just six unforced errors. He won 90 percent of the points when he put his first serve in.
Earlier, Wimbledon produced an upset in the women's draw when Puerto Rican teenager Monica Puig upset fifth-seeded Sara Errani 6-3, 6-2.
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