Fabio Fognini of Italy was playing for only the eighth time at Wimbledon and it showed in a match that took 74 minutes. Federer, the six-time Wimbledon champion, turned in a regal performance with a 6-1, 6-3, 6-2 victory before Prince Charles and his wife, the duchess of Cornwall.
There was a moment of concern for Federer when he slipped as he chased a return that was wide. Federer, however, said he was merely bruised, not injured. “There’s no pain and I don’t feel it all for the rest of the match,” he said.
Nor was he unnerved by the presence of Charles, who had not been to Wimbledon in 42 years, and Camilla. “They do brief you beforehand,” Federer said. “I guess [so] you don't do anything stupid. You behave. Obviously we were asked to bow, which is obviously no problem to do.”
A seventh Wimbledon singles title for Federer, the third seed, would tie William Renshaw and Pete Sampras. He has won 16 Grand Slams, but none in the last 2 1/2 years.
“I'm just happy overall with how I'm playing,” Federer said. He should be; he has lost only nine games in his first two matches. “I'm serving well when I have to. I'm moving well. I feel like my forehand and backhand are working well. All of a sudden you win quite comfortably, but you have to focus until the very last point, and I'm happy as well with my concentration level.”
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