Wimbledon 2019: Roger Federer beats Jay Clarke to make third round

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Eight-time champion Roger Federer beat British wildcard Jay Clarke in straight sets to reach Wimbledon's third round.

The second seed, 37, was tested in the second set but otherwise dominated the 20-year-old, ranked 169th, to win 6-1 7-6 (7-3) 6-2.

The Swiss has lost to a British player at Wimbledon on just one occasion - when Tim Henman defeated him in the quarter-finals in 2001.

Meanwhile, ninth seed John Isner and 13th seed Marin Cilic both went out.

American Isner, a semi-finalist last year, was beaten 6-4 6-7 (3-7) 4-6 6-1 6-4 by Kazakhstan's Mikhail Kukushkin.

Isner has not played any matches on grass prior to this tournament because of a foot injury.

"It stinks going out early in this event, for sure," he said. "But it's not all bad. I can go back home and really start to practise and work out and get myself back into better shape."

Croatia's Cilic, the 2017 runner-up, lost 6-4 6-4 6-4 to Joao Sousa as the Portuguese set up a meeting with Britain's Dan Evans in the third round.

The tank is full - Federer

Roger Federer and Jay Clarke
Since losing the 2001 quarter-final to Tim Henman, Roger Federer has dropped just one set against British players at Wimbledon - to Andy Murray in the 2012 final

Federer cruised through the opening set in 29 minutes as Clarke struggled to get to grips with the 20-time Grand Slam champion.

But the British number four looked much more assured in the second and was cheered on by the Court One crowd as he took the set to a tie-break.

Clarke edged ahead, only for Federer to respond by winning five points in a row to eventually clinch it 7-3 for a two-set lead.

The Swiss then accelerated away again in the third to progress in one hour and 36 minutes as Clarke sliced a backhand into the tramlines on match point.

"I thought the crowd were great, they were really hoping for Jay to get into the match and he did that in the second set," said Federer.

"I struggled to take care of business a bit from the baseline. Thankfully I played a pretty good breaker, I had some help from him as he gave me a couple of unforced errors.

"I really enjoyed myself. The tank is full - I came here with a lot of confidence - the first few matches haven't been very taxing physically.

"You try to win your matches regardless of the score, if you win them in straight sets that's better."

Clarke had two opportunities to break the Federer serve in the first set and they went begging, while Federer had five breakpoints in the match and took four of them.

"I think that's the biggest thing about playing those guys, how they handle certain situations, what shots they choose, how they save breakpoints," said Clarke, who was only playing his third match at Wimbledon.

Baghdatis says emotional farewell

Marcos Baghdatis' retirement was confirmed when he lost 6-1 7-6 (7-4) 6-3 to Matteo Berrettini.

The 34-year-old Cypriot announced his plans to call time on his career when his Wimbledon campaign ended, which came in round two at the hands of the Italian.

Baghdatis treated the crowd after the match ended, handing out equipment and even his shoes to the fans on court two


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