Wimbledon 2011: Roger Federer cruises past Adrian Mannarino

Wimbledon Championships

Venue:
All England Club, London
Date:
20 June-3 July
Coverage:
Live on BBC One, Two, 3D, HD, Red Button, online (UK only), Radio 5 live, 5 live sports extra; live text commentary from 0900 BST on BBC Sport website (#bbctennis); watch again on iPlayer
Roger Federer
Federer polished off the opening set in 26 minutes

Six-time champion Roger Federer made short work of second-round opponent Adrian Mannarino with a 6-2 6-3 6-2 victory under Centre Court's roof.

The Swiss had far too much guile for Mannarino whose slim hopes of a first appearance in a Grand Slam third round were ruthlessly dashed in 88 minutes.

Federer's solitary break in the second set had briefly looked in danger but he saved three break points to serve out.

Federer will play 2002 finalist David Nalbandian in the third round.

"I think I was able to set the tone early and stick to my gameplan," Federer said after his victory.

"I served great at the beginning and kept that going for the remainder of the match."

He added that he believed that the outcome of the match was not affected by the three break points that Mannarino squandered at the end of the second set.

"I would like to think that even if he had got back I would have gone on to win the sets," said Federer.

"That was his chance and you don't many chances against the top players.

"He has a lot of potential like a lot of the French players and maybe as a leftie it took me a little bit of getting used to, but I think I played a really, really good match today."

The world number three needs just one more championship to match William Renshaw and Pete Sampras's record of seven titles and Mannarino lacked the quality to end his chance of making history this year.

Federer won 23 unanswered points on his serve before Mannarino finally took a point from the returner's end early in the second set.

By then the Frenchman had already been dragged to all corners of the court by Federer's precision.

Mannarino was forced to chance his arm frequently as Federer exerted his dominance and his desperate hunt for a foothold in the match was evident as early as the third game when he challenged a Federer shot that landed well within the baseline.

When Federer broke at the first opportunity in the second set it seemed ominous for Mannarino.

But the world number 55 clung grimly to Federer's coat-tails and was handed an unexpected chance when Federer fell 0-40 down as he attempted to serve out at 5-4.

Somewhat inevitably Federer recovered all three break points and, from deuce, turned the tables with a brilliant backhand block into the apex of baseline and sideline at the back of the court.

As in the previous two, the start of the third set was marked by a break of Mannarino's serve.

Federer landed 11 aces and his serve kept firing to help him out of a slight hole in the fourth game.

Mannarino gamely refused to concede the match on his own serve at 5-1 down, but Federer brought the contest to an end in the next game with a gleeful smash.