Roger Federer wins and takes sets streak to 26 at Wimbledon

Roger Federer wins and takes sets streak to 26 at Wimbledon
Switzerland's Roger Federer reacts after winning against Slovakia's Lukas Lacko during their men's singles second round match on the third day of the 2018 Wimbledon Championships. (AFP/Oli SCARFF)
Updated 04 July 2018

Roger Federer wins and takes sets streak to 26 at Wimbledon

Roger Federer wins and takes sets streak to 26 at Wimbledon
  • Defending champion Roger Federer took his streak of consecutive sets won at Wimbledon to 26
  • Federer’s longest streak of sets won at Wimbledon was 34 between the third round in 2005 to the 2006 final

LONDON: Defending champion Roger Federer took his streak of consecutive sets won at Wimbledon to 26 on Wednesday, reaching the third round with a 6-4, 6-4, 6-1 victory over Slovakia’s Lukas Lacko.
Top seed Federer, the eight-time champion, goes on to face either 39-year-old Ivo Karlovic of Croatia or Germany’s Jan-Lennard Struff.
Federer’s longest streak of sets won at Wimbledon was 34 between the third round in 2005 to the 2006 final.
On Wednesday, the 36-year-old Swiss star fired 16 aces and 48 winners past Lacko, the world number 73.Next up for Federer is a third round tie against 39-year-old Croatian Ivo Karlovic or German world number 64 Jan-Lennard Struff.
In his 20th Wimbledon appearance, top seed Federer, a 20-time major winner, is bidding to become only the second player to claim nine singles titles at the All England Club after Martina Navratilova.
On the evidence of his ruthless demolition of Slovakian world number 73 Lacko, it will take something special to stop Federer making more Wimbledon history.
"I played very well. I felt good out there, less nerves than in the first round," Federer said.
"I'm happy how I am hitting the ball, good concentration on my service games and able to mix it up with some slices.
"Of course, you sometimes play the percentages, but if you do that too much it becomes boring, so I like to mix it up.
"I clearly enjoy the path more where it comes easier, not wasting too much energy is always nice."