Federer through to second round as Dolgopolov retires

Source: Xinhua| 2017-07-05 02:49:15|Editor: Zhou Xin
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LONDON, July 4 (Xinhua) -- Seven-time champion Roger Federer reached the second round at Wimbledon here on Tuesday after Alexandr Dolgopolov of Ukraine retired due to injury after three games into the second set.

The seven-time champion Federer was leading 6-3, 3-0 when Dolgopolov decided to withdraw. The Swiss then notched up a record 85th win at Wimbledon.

The 18 Grand Slam winner will next face Dusan Lajovic of Serbia in the second round.

"I'm happy right now in the situation I find myself in," he said of his position as the third seed. "I'm healthy. I'm back at Wimbledon. I just won my first round. The times when I was world No. 1, it felt great. It's sort of achieving the impossible, showing up when everybody feels you're the favourite, everybody believes that you should win or have to win."

He added, "I enjoyed that part of playing. But then again, it's secondary to the love for the game I have, how much I love winning. Rankings get shoved aside a little bit for me at this stage of my life."