ATP Wimbledon: Roger Federer downs Jay Clarke to stay on title course


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ATP Wimbledon: Roger Federer downs Jay Clarke to stay on title course

The 2nd seed and eight-time Wimbledon champion Roger Federer has scored the 97th victory at the All England Club, beating the British hope Jay Clarke 6-1, 7-6, 6-2 in an hour and 36 minutes. Besides the second set when he failed to forge the lead before the tie break, Roger had the upper hand on the court all the time, scoring a commanding win over the inexperienced rival to find himself in the third round for the 17th time, equalling the Open era record of Jimmy Connors.

Federer lost 12 points on serve and saved two break points he faced to mount the pressure on the youngster who couldn't deal with it, suffering three breaks from four chances offered to the Swiss to hit the exit door after the second round.

The Swiss fired 46 winners and 25 unforced errors, feeling the ball nicely and rushing to the net almost 40 times, barely losing any point there. The Briton was in the match only in set number two when he kept Roger away from break points but that wasn't enough for a more favorable result.

The Swiss had 14 winners and 11 unforced errors in the opener, keeping the points on his racquet and breaking the rival twice for a 6-1. Jay sprayed a forehand error in game two to suffer a break in the very first service game, wasting two break points at 1-3 and getting broken again in game six to increase the lead.

At 30-30 in the seventh game, Federer landed two great serves to complete the opener in 28 minutes, hoping for more of the same in the remaining sets. Roger had 17 winners and 12 unforced errors in set number two but this time Clarke was able to follow that pace and survive all six service games without facing a break point.

Federer grabbed the tie break 7-3 with three mini-breaks, moving closer to the finish line and dominating in the third set to book the place in the next round. Dropping one point behind the initial shot in set number three, Federer broke Clarke in games two and eight to march over the top, setting the third round clash with Lucas Pouille or Gregoire Barrere where he should be the favorite again.