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Federer strolls past Spaniard into third round

June 24, 2009 23:34 IST

A relaxed Roger Federer outclassed Spain's Guillermo Garcia-Lopez 6-2, 6-2, 6-4 to waltz into the third round at Wimbledon on Wednesday.

The number two seed, bidding for a sixth Wimbledon crown and a record 15th Grand Slam title, barely broke sweat as he sent out an ominous message to the rest of the field.

As a contest it was all over once Federer broke serve in the third game of the match and the remainder of the one hour 29 minute stroll was pure exhibition stuff.

"I played too straightforward and maybe a liitle too much attack for him," said Federer, who lost in last year's final to Rafael Nadal. "I could even try a few things in the third set."

Federer, the favourite to win the title in the absence of injured champion Nadal, will play either Germany's Philipp Kohlschreiber or Czech Ivo Minar in round three.

Serena bludgeons way into round three

Serena Williams barely broke into a sweat during an imperious 6-2, 6-1 win over Australia's Jarmila Groth as she also cruised into the third round.

The American second seed, chasing a third crown at the All England Club, was fast out of the blocks and never let the world number 69 settle into a rhythm.

Groth, who scored an eye-catching win over Lucie Safarova of the Czech Republic in round one, avoided a second set whitewash with a late hold but a service return into the net gave Serena victory on her second match point after 58 minutes.

She will face either 31st seed Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova of Russia or Italy's Roberta Vinci for a place in the fourth round.

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