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roger_federer3Three former Wimbledon champions with varying levels of success were in action on Day 2 at Wimbledon with Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray all booking safe passage for themselves into round 2 of The Championships.

Federer showed what a good week in Halle can do a former champions form, dismissing the challenge of world number 88 Damir Dzumhur 6-1, 6-3, 6-4 in a little over an hour. Federer should get a bit more of a work out in the second round when he squares off against big serving American Sam Querrey.

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serena_williamsA decade back, Venus Williams was the most dominant force at Wimbledon, winning the third of her five titles at the Championships in 2005 and looking absolutely impervious. Now 35 year old and without a major title in 7 years, Venus is considered an also ran at SW 19. Try explaining that to young Madison Brengle though.

The 25 year old American was treated to a grass court tennis lesson by the elder Williams sister, who produced a thumping 6-0, 6-0 victory in just 42 minutes to remind everyone watching just what a great player she once was.

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novak_djokovic4World no.1 Novak Djokovic, chasing his third Wimbledon title after triumphs in 2011 and 2014, cruised into the second round of the Championships with a routine 6-4, 6-4, 6-4 win against Germany's Philipp Kohlschreiber.

Djokovic, who had skipped the traditional warm-up events ahead of Wimbledon, showed a little bit of a ring rust as he made some uncharacteristic errors, but still had more than enough in his locker to ease past the 2012 Wimbledon quarter-finalist in Kohlschreiber.

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The official draw ceremony for Wimbledon was held early Friday morning. Canadians Eugenie Bouchard, Vasek Pospisil, and Milos Raonic will be competing in singles at the third Grand Slam event of the tennis season in London, England.

Raonic posted his best Grand Slam result by reaching the semifinals last year at Wimbledon. The 24-year-old will open against Daniel Gimeno-Traver. Raonic beat the Spaniard, ranked no. 62 in the world, in their only meeting last year at the Australian Open. Seeded no. 7, Raonic is in the top half of the draw and could meet fast rising Aussie Nick Kyrgios in the third round. They played each other last year in the quarter-finals. Raonic is returning from minor foot surgery that forced him to miss Roland-Garros. He played in Queen’s last week and lost in the quarter-finals to Frenchman Gilles Simon.

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An incredible 2014 Wimbledon Final finished with Novak Djokovic narrowly edging out the 7-time champion Roger Federer, 6-7 (7), 6-4, 7-6 (4), 5-7, 6-4 in a shade under 4 hours in a match that seemed to be heading the Serbian's way before the legend that is Federer threatened to write another chapter in his glorious career staging an incredible comeback from match point down in the fourth set. Federer rattled off 5 straight games to comeback from 2-5 down to force a decider and for large periods looked the better player in the fifth set. However, Djokovic got a second wind late in the contest and found the heart necessary to put himself in a winning position again, clinching the contest 6-4 in the fifth.

The match itself was right up there in terms of quality as the Federer - Nadal battles in the last decade with neither player giving an inch and both serving exceptionally well. The opening set saw both men stand toe to toe with not a quarter asked nor given. The set predictably made its way into a tiebreak with Federer taking the early mini break. Djokovic battled back to stay in the contest, but Federer was just that little bit better when it mattered, clinching it 9-7!

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Wimbledon finals can so often thrill but just as often disappoint, and today was one of those occasions for the latter as 2011 winner Petra Kvitova put her hands on the Venus Rosewater Dish for the second time in her career, thrashing Canadian upstart Eugenie Bouchard 6-3, 6-0 in a one-sided final on Centre Court today.

Bouchard, who became the first Canadian ever to reach a Grand Slam singles final this week, was completely overwhelmed by the occasion and failed to produce her best tennis. However, credit must be given to her Czech opponent, who produced an incredible 28 clean winners in just 15 games of tennis to overpower Bouchard and prevent her from ever really getting a foothold in the contest.

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Milos Raonic was defeated by Switzerland’s Roger Federer 6-4, 6-4, 6-4 in his first Grand Slam semifinal at Wimbledon on Friday.

Two days after becoming the first Canadian man in the Open Era to reach a Grand Slam semifinal, Raonic stepped onto Wimbledon’s famed Centre Court for the first time in his young career to face one of tennis’ all-time greats. Federer needed one break in each set to come away with a straight sets victory despite Raonic’s 36 winners and 17 aces. The Swiss saved the lone break point he faced in the match and has been in imperious form all tournament, dropping serve just once so far as he chases a record 8th Wimbledon title.

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