In 2003, Roger Federer claimed his first Wimbledon title in grand style, ousting seven rivals after losing only one set and entering the record books at 21. Next January, the Swiss conquered the Australian Open and became world no.
1 for the first time, lifting trophies in Dubai, Indian Wells, Hamburg and Halle to stand strong against all the rivals and enter Wimbledon as the favorite to defend the crown. In the first round, Federer played against Alex Bogdanovic, the Briton ranked 295th who couldn't match the pace of the Swiss, with Federer scoring a 6-3, 6-3, 6-0 triumph in 80 minutes.
The defending champion lost 13 points in 12 service games, fending off both break points he faced and earning six breaks from 12 opportunities to march over the top in no time.
Bogdanovic got broken in the fourth game to push Roger 3-1 up, repelling three set points in the eighth game before Federer closed the opener in the next one after 27 minutes.
The Swiss kicked off the second set with another break, serving well and cementing the set after another successful return game at 5-3, opening a massive advantage and looking good to finish the job in straight sets. "It's essential to make a good start in the first round; when you are relaxed, you can play on a constant level or try more risky shots.
That makes you feel good and that's what happened today, especially when I saw Alex can't do much on my serve. I was trying to stay calm and enjoy my Wimbledon return and can't wait for my next match. I don't have doubts about my game and that makes me play well.
I played a little bit safer today, controlling the pace from the baseline and not rushing to the net that often. I will probably serve&volley more in the rest of the event. Alex hits the ball well but it wasn't easy for him to face me on the Centre Court in front of the home fans.
He has to work on his physical strength and the mental aspect; he lacks experience. I thought Alex would use his forehand more but his backhand is also very solid. I know how Andy Roddick and Tim Henman play; I don't have to watch them at this stage.
The grass was excellent and the court and lines are still perfect; it felt nice to play today. When I walked on the court, I remembered the last year for a moment, focusing on the match right after that. My draw looks good for the second round, too and it should get tougher after that." Bogdanovic had nothing more left in the tank, allowing Roger Federer to score a bagel in the decider and move into the second round where he would face Alejandro Falla.