Her sister, five-time Wimbledon champion and 2017 finalist Venus, had far more trouble across the grounds at No. 2 Court, slipping to the turf a couple of times and barely moving on with a 6-7 (3), 6-2, 6-1 win against Johanna Larsson of Sweden, who dropped to 0-8 at the All England Club.
"If you'd have said at that time that in 10 years" time the two favourites were going to be Federer and Nadal, you'd have said "come on? really?'"
"I think it's a powerful game now compared to 15 or 20 years ago when I started playing", he said. "I had a good run", said Federer.
Roger Federer's 20-year association with Nike was hanging by a shoestring on Monday as the Wimbledon champion walked on to Center Court to open the defense of his title wearing a Uniqlo branded outfit.
Roger Federer of Switzerland opened defence of his title by defeating Serbia's Dusan Lajovic, 6/1; 6/3; 6/4 on an opening day that featured many American players with mixed fortunes.
"I always have been very clear that it probably is one of the most emotional matches that I played in my career". "We were on the edge of our seats and it was not easy to follow the penalties and still three matches to go, but we have to take it match by match", he observed, beaming broadly.
Federer played at 65 successive slams from the 2000 Australian Open, until missing the French Open in 2016.
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The 36-year-old, who has not lost a singles match in SW 19 since 2014, has controversially been seeded at number 25 after only playing four events since giving birth to daughter Alexis in September.
Roger Federer got his Wimbledon title defence underway in exactly the way you would have been expecting him to - a classy straight-set win on Centre Court. Nishikori also wears Nike shoes, having left Adidas AG a year ago.
On Sunday, he turned up at the traditional champion's pre-tournament news conference at the All England Club in a white shirt, grey blazer and navy pants instead of the usual tennis whites he has sported in previous years.
Hampered by a recurring knee injury, Nadal endured another humiliating exit in 2013 as Belgian world number 135 Steve Darcis won 7-6, 7-6, 6-4 in the first round.
Ivo Karlovic, 39 and the oldest man in the draw, made the second round by seeing off Mikhail Youzhny, just three years younger, 4-6, 7-5, 7-6 (9/7), 6-3.