Wimbledon: Roger Federer needed just over an hour to win his opener
Last Updated: 24/06/13 10:32pm
Roger Federer: Enjoyed his return to a happy hunting ground
Defending champion Roger Federer produced a Wimbledon master-class to win his first round match against Victor Hanescu in just 68 minutes.
The Swiss great is bidding for a record eighth Wimbledon title this year and looked in imperious form as he romped to a 6-3 6-2 6-0 win over the Romanian World No. 47.
The defending men's champion gets the Centre Court programme underway each year at the All England Club and Federer produced some exquisite shot-making as he raced into a 3-0 lead.
He went on to win the set in just 24 minutes, losing just one point on serve, and he once again broke at the first opportunity in set two.
Hanescu continued to fight hard but a string of winners were flying past him and Federer went on to convert a second break point opportunity in set two, before completely dominating set three.
Having romped through it for the loss of just four points, Federer will now face Sergiy Stakhovsky of the Ukraine in the second round.
And, although sterner tasks await him if he reaches the later rounds, he will have been pleased with an opening run-out in which he hit 32 winners and made just six unforced errors.
"It's the most special thing to be back on Centre Court," said Federer, who recently won his first title of the year in Halle.
"I still enjoy it out there. It was a pleasure to play and I'm very happy to get the first round out of the way.
"I am not sure how much better I could have played and it was good to get it done quickly, as it was cold.
"Halle came at the right time, it shows I am peaking in time for Wimbledon."
Federer's Swiss compatriot Stanislas Wawrinka will not be in the second round, however, after he was dumped out 6-4 7-5 6-3 by former champion Lleyton Hewitt.