MANILA, Philippines – Roger Federer sparkled on Centre Court as he moved serenely into the Wimbledon third round with an easy win over Italy’s Fabio Fognini.
The Swiss, bidding for a record-equalling seventh title at the All England Club, produced a dazzling array of shot-making to outclass an opponent he had met only once before.
Third-seed Federer will play American Michael Russell or Frenchman Julien Benneteau in the next round.
Federer also received a royal standing ovation as Prince Charles and his wife Camilla met tennis stars at Wimbledon.
It was Charles’ first visit to Wimbledon in 42 years. Two years ago, Queen Elizabeth paid her first visit to Wimbledon sinc 1977.
Meanwhile, Novak Djokovic eased into the Wimbledon third round as well, with a routine win over American Ryan Harrison.
Djokovic sealed victory with a service winner to set up a third-round match against 28th seed Radek Stepanek or German Benjamin Becker.
Samantha Stosur became the highest seeded casualty so far at this year’s Wimbledon as she suffered a second round defeat by Dutch player Arantxa Rus to end Australia’s interest in the singles.
The US Open champion, seeded five, lost six games in a row to surrender the first set before reeling off six on the spin to take the match into a decider.
Seventh-seed Caroline Wozniacki also crashed out of the tournament after losing to Austrian Tamira Paszek.
In a match which started on Tuesday and was interrupted again by rain on Wednesday, former world No. 1 Wozniacki failed to pacify Paszek, who won the Eastbourne warm-up tournament last weekend.
It was the first time Wozniack had lost in the first round at Wimbledon. -- Mornings @ ANC, June 28, 2012.