posted on Jun, 21 2004 @ 04:49 PM
Roger Federer imagined
the worst-case scenario against Alex Bogdanovic but instead got off to a dream start in the defence of his Wimbledon title. Aware that Lleyton Hewitt
became the first defending champion to lose in the first round in the Open era last year, Federer was taking nothing for granted even against a player
ranked 295th in the world.
The world number one came through 6-3 6-3 6-0 and goes on to face Colombia's Alejandro Falla. Federer dictated the pace throughout, breaking in game
four and twice in the second set. Bogdanovic had his moments but Federer was always in charge, sealing victory in one hour 20 minutes as the rain
began to fall again.
Bogdanovic revealed afterwards he hoped to see Federer in the players' restaurant to get a few tips from the world number one, but it may be nothing
he has not heard before.
The 20-year-old clearly has talent but lost his Lawn Tennis Association funding for three months earlier this year after questions were raised about
his commitment, and doubts about his fitness were raised even before the Davis Cup tie against Australia in January 2003, when he was exhausted after
the first set against Hewitt.