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LONDON – JUNE 23: Ana Ivanovic of Serbia serves during the women’s singles round one match against Rossana De Los Rios of Paraguay on day one of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on June 23, 2008 in London, England. Ana easily crushed Paraguayan, Zapata de Los Ríos, 6-2, 6-1, to move to the second round. For the first time Ivanovic presents a serious challenge for The Championships that would consolidate her first spot in women’s tennis. Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images
LONDON – JUNE 23: Roger Federer of Switzerland plays a forehand during the men’s singles round one match against Dominik Hrbaty of Slovakia on day one of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on June 23, 2008 in London, England.
The reigning five-time champion here, Federer pasted Slovakian Dominik Hrbaty 6-3, 6-2, 6-2 amid sun-drenched conditions on the famed Centre Court.
Federer rolled with the help of 10 aces and five service breaks, while a rusty 30-year-old Hrbaty was unable to break Federer on the Swiss’ preferred surface. The former top-20 performer Hrbaty was appearing in only his fourth ATP-level tournament of the year.
The 26-year-old Federer hasn’t lost on grass since suffering an opening-round setback here at the hands of Mario Ancic in 2002. He’s also won 25 straight on grass at the Wimbledon tune-up event in Halle, Germany.
The top-seeded/world No. 1 Federer is now riding a 35-match winning streak at Wimbledon, where Bjorn Borg holds the record by nailing down 41 straight victories here before losing to John McEnroe in the 1981 men’s finale.
Federer owns 12 Grand Slam titles, including the last four U.S. Open crowns. The Swiss topped Spanish star Rafael Nadal in the last two Wimbledon finals.
Up next for the mighty Federer will be dangerous Swede Robin Soderling.