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Flawless Federer has his technique down to a fine art

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“I think I have good balance. I rarely slip. I rarely fall down or lose my balance in general. On grass it’s the same.”

Switzerland's Roger Federer serves to Slovakia's Lukas Lacko during their men's singles match, on the third day of the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London, Wednesday July 4, 2018. Picture: AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth

After two comprehensive victories on Centre Court, it’s a strong possibility that Roger Federer won’t face a tougher challenge until the second week of Wimbledon.

The defending eight-time champion was near flawless in dismissing Slovakian world No 73 Lukas Lacko on Wednesday in a 6-4, 6-4, 6-1 triumph behind an intimidating serve. He claimed 35 points in a row on serve, losing just nine in total on his service, as he extended his unbeaten Wimbledon run to 26 straight sets, which is not far from his personal best of 34.

Lacko often shrugged his shoulders as a majority of 48 winners breezed past him at a frightening pace, as if to say, ‘what do I have to do to beat this man?’

So what is the ultimate secret to Federer’s success on the hallowed surface in London?

“Maybe the footwork on grass comes easier to me than for other guys?,” pondered Federer. “I’m not sure. Then because I have a decent speed on the serve. Maybe also the grass helps me just a little bit to get a few more free points than what it would on some other surfaces?

“I think I have good balance. I rarely slip. I rarely fall down or lose my balance in general. On grass it’s the same.”

The speed of Federer’s service completion is equally impressive. He averaged around 70 seconds on most of his games. “I don’t need that much time,” said Federer.

Federer will face Germany’s Jan-Lennard Struff in the third round today and Canada’s Milos Raonic, who was the last person to conquer the 20-time Grand Slam winner at Wimbledon in 2016, offered a piece of advice.

“Obviously he has a lot more things you can look at that have worked for him,” said Raonic. “The way he mixes up his serve, the way he mixes up the return a bit more. There is a lot of different things he does, how quick he is to get around backhands to take the first forehand.”

American 11th seed Sam Querrey says it’s Federer’s unique style of play that makes him seem unbeatable.

“He does things that, you know, people like me I feel like I can’t do,” said Querrey. “There is a lot of times you’ll be with your coach or even with friends and they’re like, Do it like Roger does it. Well, I can’t do that.” – dpa