Roger Federer swept past his first round game at Wimbledon on Monday, beating Albert Ramos from Spain in straight sets. The 6 time champion only lost one game per set, in a 6-1 6-1 6-1 victory that must have left his future opponents in the tournament feeling worried. The Swiss master will face the Italian Fabio Fognini in the next round and will expect it to be his first appearance on centre court this year, being placed on court number one for his first encounter.
Albert Ramos is a talent whose best days are still to come, but he wont be gaining any rankings from this particular Grand Slam – and no-one really expected him to. He has yet to win a competitive match on grass, preferring the characteristic clay of his home country, and Federer clearly made the most of this weakness. “Maybe he isn’t the most experienced grass-court player out there, that’s for sure,” Federer said. “I was able to take advantage of it and play a very clean match. It’s always nice to save energy, and it gives you confidence as well to close out matches easily. Things worked out perfectly.”
The former men’s number one player is used to being the centre of attention, but in recent years both Nadal and Djokovic have overtaken him in the ever competitive rankings, and Federer hasn’t won a Grand Slam for over two years. It is a sign of the times that such a massive name in Wimbledon history wasn’t given centre court this time, but Roger is too gracious to be worried by the selection, and was just happy to be back at the tournament where so many of his victories have been won. “Absolutely special,” Federer said, “because you do realize the moment you walk onto the court that it is a different place here than any other — just the respectful clapping, no music,” he said. “The whole thing is very much focused on the players and on the sport, which is beautiful.