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.
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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