• Wimbledon, Day Three

Federer oozes confidence after breezing past Fognini

ESPN staff
June 27, 2012
Roger Federer barely broke a sweat as he eased past Fabio Fognini © PA Photos
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Roger Federer admitted it was virtually impossible for Fabio Fognini to beat him on grass: "You're not going to get many chances throughout a set maybe against me when I'm serving well like that and able to vary with my serve.

"So obviously it's frustrating and you're trying, but even as hard as you try, sometimes you don't really get into it, right? That's grass court tennis. You have to be extremely patient and really focus on your own service games, focus on what you can control."

Novak Djokovic was relieved to have seen off a dogged Ryan Harrison in straight sets under the Centre Court roof. "It was a straight-sets win, but it was much more difficult than the scoreboard suggests," Djokovic told BBC Sport. "I was in trouble in the second set. It was difficult to adjust your movement under the roof; Ryan was serving fantastic and it made for a great match. It was a close match because he performed really well when he needed to but I got the crucial breaks when I needed to."

Heather Watson was delighted to book her place in the third round with victory over Jamie Lee Hampton: "I think Jamie started a bit slower but really picked up her game in the second set. It was a real battle in that second set physically and mentally. I love when the crowd bring a lot of energy it gets me quite pumped and really motivated to win."

Caroline Wozniacki was forced to respond to questions whether her relationship with golfer Rory McIlroy was affecting her tennis: "I had over two years where I was winning these matches. Even I wasn't playing great sometimes but still winning and managed to pull it off. Luck was still on my side. You win one, two points, and suddenly you get through these matches and you're standing in a semi-final, a final, and anything can happen. I feel lately it's going the other way a little bit. It's not the first match this year where I have match points and not winning. You know, it's frustrating obviously. But it's tennis."

Kim Clijsters, who will retire at the end of the summer, hopes her second-round win over Andrea Hlavackova will not be her last match on Centre Court: "I'm very happy with the way I played today, I played well in the first round but I felt that was a step up. I had never played against my opponent before today but I felt I was into the match as soon as I started. You never get used to these receptions on Centre Court. This court made me come back to professional tennis."

Sabine Lisicki hung on to beat Bojana Jovanovski but the German was less than impressed with the Serbian's grunting: "It was distracting. You usually hear the sound of the ball, but I couldn't really hear it because of her grunting. But that's why we have the rules, the hindrance rule. Grunting is part of the game, but it shouldn't be off-putting and be an advantage for the opponent, the one who is doing it."

Arantxa Rus, who had never scored a main-draw win at Wimbledon, dumped out No. 5 seed Sam Stosur 6-2 0-6 6-4 on No. 1 Court: "I'm very happy with this win today. I had never won a match in the main draw at Wimbledon before this tournament. It was a very long point on a match point but she hit a great winner on her backhand. I had to believe I could still win and I did. It was very nice to play on this court. I never played on a big court here. I've no idea who I play now but I hope to play like this in the next round also."

Stosur, meanwhile, insists she loves playing at the All England Club despite a woeful record at Wimbledon: "This year I hated it a little bit less than the previous years. It's just disappointing because you want to do well here. It's a great tournament. I still love playing here at Wimbledon, but obviously it hasn't been my very best tournament."

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