Defending champion Roger Federer, going for a record eighth Wimbledon men’s title, opened his grass-court tennis tournament with a straight-set victory. Second seed Victoria Azarenka and 2004 winner Maria Sharapova also moved to the second round.
Defending champion Roger Federer and two-time winner Rafael Nadal may meet in the Wimbledon quarterfinals, with the winner then needing to get past Andy Murray and top seed Novak Djokovic for the grass-court tennis title.
A year after telling the Wimbledon crowd he was “getting closer” to his first Grand Slam tennis championship, Andy Murray may benefit from a draw that allows him to avoid either titleholder Roger Federer or Rafael Nadal.
Defending champion Rafael Nadal’s slow start to the French Open continued as three women from the U.S. reached the fourth round, giving the country its best result in a major championship in almost a decade.
Rafael Nadal trailed 2-1 in sets after an error-strewn start to the defense of his French Open title. He turned it around with tennis that his American opponent said was some of the best he’s ever seen.
Women’s top seed Serena Williams overcame sickness to move into the last sixteen of the French Open while fellow American Andy Roddick lost to a qualifier. Novak Djokovic struggled with his serve during his victory.