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Wimbledon: Roger Federer looks to the past in bid for history


Plain sailing: Roger Federer eased into Wimbledon’s second round

Plain sailing: Roger Federer eased into Wimbledon’s second round

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Plain sailing: Roger Federer eased into Wimbledon’s second round

Roger Federer believes his hopes of a landmark eighth Wimbledon title could hinge on an ability to spring serve-volleying tactics on unsuspecting opponents. The 32-year-old fourth seed, looking to eclipse the open era record he shares with Pete Sampras, reached the second round at the All England Club with a straight sets win over Italian Paolo Lorenzi on Court One.

The Swiss, beaten in the second round here last year, produced a vintage display as he eased through 6-1 6-1 6-3 in one hour and 33 minutes.

Federer, who is working with Stefan Edberg as his coach this season, knows he must find an edge to get the better of champion Andy Murray, world number one Rafael Nadal and top seed Novak Djokovic.

Federer, a 17-time grand slam winner who turns 33 next month, said: "It is many little things that is going to make it work for me.

"Maybe it is just about reinforcing the concept that it is possible, that I can actually do it, because for years I started to serve and volley once or twice a set maybe. Clearly I did come in after a big forehand and stuff.

"But I remember still how I played in 2001 when I made it to the quarters here.

"I serve and volleyed 80% on the first serve, 30 to 50% on the second serve. It was just normal.

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"I even did some in 2003 when I won first here. Then every year I started doing less because the game started changing on the tour really.

"I think there is a way to do it here. You need to be able to serve well, move well at the net, anticipate well, come in on the right shots in the right way.

"I think it is a mental thing. You know, saying, 'Okay, you are going to get passed, it is okay' – and being able to do it when the score is not in your favour, because it is easy to serve and volley at 40-love, but can you do it at 15-30?

"I didn't serve and volley all the time, that is not how I intend to be playing, but mixing it up a little bit could be the way to go.

"I think it could be that little extra piece to the puzzle that could bring me through, you know, to have that extra option.

"I am still going to see who I can do it against and who I can't. If I can't, we will have to rely more on my baseline game, on the first shots, you know, serve, returns, first strike, which almost everybody plays nowadays.

"I will still have to see how it is going to go from here on, because at the end I would rather not serve and volley and win my matches than go out in style serving and volleying."

Federer's last Wimbledon triumph came in 2012, when he beat Murray, and he is used to opening the tournament on Centre Court but had no complaints about starting out in the second largest arena.

"I like playing over there too," he said.

"Many times I have played my first round over there, and then I went on to play really well here, so I hope it is another really good year for me. We will see."

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