Federer takes sets streak to 26 at Wimbledon

Federer

Federer

"For the first set and a half I didn't really create much, especially on his serve", Raonic told reporters after the match.

Serena Williams progressed into the third round with a dominant straight-set win over Bulgaria's Viktoriya Tomova.

At one point, Federer had won 35 consecutive points on his serve as Lacko simply struggled to contend with the reigning and defending Wimbledon champion.

Federer didn't drop a point on his serve in the entire second set and kept that streak going until he was 30-0 up at 4-1 in the third, when Lacko sent a backhand victor down the line. She produced her best tennis to save three match points when 5-3 and 40-0 behind, and saved another before breaking to level the set. In total, he lost just nine of 61 points on his serve and broke Lacko five times, including a dominant forehand victor to claim the match win.

Raonic, who said he was battling a virus, had just four break-point opportunities in the match, winning one. "I felt good out there, less nerves than in the first round", Federer said.

But so far the women's tournament has proved wildly unpredictable - even if seven-time champion Serena Williams has made things look easy with two routine victories.

Even ultimate warrior Williams, who was unable to defend her 2016 Wimbledon title previous year because she was pregnant, applauded a couple of her opponent's winners late in the second set before completing victory in 66 minutes.

Williams got broken in the first game and did not recover in the opening set, in which she made 12 unforced errors, twice as many as Dulgheru. "If it's not two sets, then go to Plan B".

Former Wimbledon runner-up Milos Raonic had to work hard before reaching the third round of the men's singles.

Up next, Keys will take on the Evgeniya Rodina, who came back from a set down to knock out Sorana Cirstea, 1-6, 6-3, 6-3.

Raonic also avoided a confrontation with a seeded player in the third round as qualifier Dennis Novak of Austria upset No. 17 Lucas Paille of France 6-4, 6-2, 6-7 (8), 3-6, 6-2 on Tuesday.

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