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Federer marches into last 16

ESPN staff
June 28, 2014
Roger Federer saw off the challenge of Santiago Giraldo in 81 minutes © Getty Images

Roger Federer has so far gone about his business in search on an eighth Wimbledon crown with minimal fuss and he continued in the same vein by dispatching Santiago Giraldo for a third straight-sets win this week.

World No.34 Giraldo arrived on Centre Court in the best form of his career but was no match for Federer, who came through 6-3 6-1 6-3 in just 81 minutes and didn't surrender his service once.

With last year's second-round exit to Sergiy Stakhovsky fast becoming a distant memory, Federer kept up his serene progress as he moved into the second week without losing a set.

Federer opened up a 3-0 lead in the first set as he went to work with his slice, attacking Giraldo's second serve.

Giraldo finally got himself on the scoreboard in the fourth game of the set and went to deuce on Federer's serve as the seven-time champion sent a drop-shot wide. However, Giraldo fired long twice as Federer, now in full control, went 4-1 ahead before closing out the set in half an hour.

Federer reeled off four games in a row at the start of the second set before Giraldo stopped the rot. But the Colombian then handed Federer a set point with a double fault before firing hopelessly long.

The world No.4 opened up the third set with a love service game before breaking for 5-3 and sealing the victory for a place in the last 16.

Elsewhere, Milos Raonic progressed after beating Lukasz Kubot 7-6(2) 7-6(4) 6-2 while Australian teenager Nick Kyrgios continued his dream run as he saw off Jiri Vesely 3-6 6-3 7-5 6-2.

Kyrgios now faces the biggest match of his life when he takes on Rafael Nadal in the last 16.

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