World number one Roger Federer held off the challenge of Argentine Jose Acasuso to reach the second round of the Cincinnati Masters — where he will be joined by fourth seed Novak Djokovic. The top-seeded Swiss went through 6-3 7-5 in one hour and 10 minutes to earn a clash with David Ferrer. Acasuso was broken in the eighth game, with Federer then serving out to take the opening set.
Second seed Roger Federer is through to the last 16 of the men’s singles at Wimbledon, despite dropping a set on his way to a Centre Court victory over Germany’s Philipp Kohlschreiber. The Swiss, bidding for his sixth success at the grass-court grand slam, set-up a fourth round clash with Sweden’s Robin Soderling — his victim in last month’s French Open final — with a 6-3 6-2 6-7 6-1 win over the 27th seed.
Roger Federer began his quest for a sixth Wimbledon title and record 15th grand slam with a straight sets win over Yen-hsun Lu of Taiwan. The Swiss maestro survived going a break down in the opening set to win 7-5 6-3 6-2 in one hour 44 minutes on Monday.
Rafael Nadal and Venus Williams are set to receive big pay rises if they successfully defend their Wimbledon singles titles this year. This year’s men’s and women’s champions will walk away with £850,000 ($1.24 million), an increase of 13.3 percent, although in dollar teams a decrease because of the weakened British pound