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World no.1 Novak Djokovic stretched his unbeaten record at Grand Slams to 30 straight matches, dispatching Frenchman Adrian Mannarino in straight sets to advance to the round of 32 at Wimbledon. Joining the defending champion in the third round is Roger Federer, also a straight sets winner over overnight British sensation Marcus Willis, as the two biggest names in the men's draw made their way through on another rain ruined day at the Championships.

Only a host of other singles matches were completed on another wet Wednesday at Wimbledon with the tournament struggling to get through the first round for most players.

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Defending champion Novak Djokovic and legendary Swiss Roger Federer led the way for the men's seeds into the secound round of Wimbledon, registering straight set wins on the opening day of the Championships. Joining the two big guns in the Round of 32 were 5th seeded Asian superstar Kei Nishikorim, 6th seeded Canadian Milos Raonic and the no.9 seed Marin Cilic.

There were a few upsets on Day 1 as well of Wimbledon with popular Frenchman Gael Monfils, big serving South African Kevin Anderson and the always dangerous Philipp Kohlschreiber of Germany all crashing out.

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roger_federer3Roger Federer's preparation for Wimbledon aren't going as planned. After falling prey to 22 year old Austrian Dominic Thiem in Stuttgart last week, the Swiss legend crashed out of the semi-finals of a tournament that he has virtually owned over the last decade and a half, the Halle Open.

Eight-time Halle Champion, Federer, was sent packing by German teenager Alexander Zverev in an entertaining three set contest, 7-6, 5-7, 6-3.

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Swiss legend Roger Federer was made to dig deep to advance to the quarter-finals of the MercedesCup, batting his way past American Taylor Fritz in the second round on Thursday.

The top seeded Swiss defeated his opponent 6-4, 5-7, 6-4 after rains halted the match on Wednesday. World No.3 Federer will next face 32 year old German Florian Mayer in the quarter-finals. Mayer hasn't played much tennis this year, just the 4 matches on the ATP Tour in fact, losing three before coming into this tournament.

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2009 French Open Champion and perennial fan favourite Roger Federer has withdrawn from playing at Roland Garros this year due to a back injury.

The legendary Swiss underwent knee surgery shortly after the Australian Open this year, but returned to competitive match play at Monte Carlo in April. Federer's knee recovered sufficiently for him to be able to compete in the European Summer Swing, but a back injury picked up during practice in Madrid forced the former world no.1 to withdraw from the Madrid Masters, though he did return to action the following week at the Italian Open.

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34 year old Swiss legend Roger Federer crashed out of the Rome Masters in the third round, losing to 22 year old Austrian Dominic Thiem in straight sets, 7-6 (2), 6-4.

An uncharacteristically error-filled performance from a low on fitness Federer means that not only does he exit the Italian Open, but will also surrender the world no.2 ranking to Britain's Andy Murray just in time for French Open seedings to be made, giving himself a 50% chance of finding himself in world no.1 Novak Djokovic's half of the draw.

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World no.1 Novak Djokovic beat defending champion Andy Murray 6-2, 3-6, 6-3 to win the 2016 Madrid Masters in what was a very tense finish to an entertaining contest.

Murray, who needed to win today to ensure that he stays at no.2 in the world, defending 1000 points as a result of his win here last season, will now slip below Roger Federer to No.3 when the latest ATP Tour World rankings are released on Monday morning. That is absolutely critical from the Briton's perspective considering he may now find himself in Djokovic's half of the draw for the French Open, which kicks off on the 22nd of May in Paris.

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