Roger Federer still open to Nike trainers despite Uniqlo tie-up

Ross Houston
July 7, 2018

Marin Cilic says winning Queen's gave him confidence to mount a serious challenge at Wimbledon after he progressed to the second round of the tournament.

ESPN reported Federer's earnings on-court are around $116m, making this new deal more than double his current tennis paycheck.

No. 16 seed Borna Coric became the highest-seeded male to exit Wimbledon on Day 1 when he lost 7-6 (6), 6-2, 6-2 to Daniil Medvedev.

But it was to be a familiar tale as the Swiss star began his quest for a record-extending ninth Wimbledon title in glorious sunshine with a crushing 6-1 6-3 6-4 victory over Lajovic to rally through to a second-round meeting against Lukas Lacko of Serbia or French qualifier Benjamin Bonzi.

Dart, 21, took the No7 seed to a tie-break in their opening set before accelerating to a 4-1 lead in the second set.

Roger Federer strode out onto the pristine Wimbledon surface this afternoon wearing Uniqlo branded clothing for the very first time. John Isner defeated Yannick Maden in three sets and unseeded Americans Mackenzie McDonald and Jared Donaldson also advanced. To that, Federer replied, "Yes, they want a watch, a auto, a racket, a shirt, they can have it all at this point", Federer said.

Also my technique. I play quite easy, so I don't make a huge effort in every single shot that I play.

American Sam Querrey, who lost to Cilic in the semifinals a year ago, also advanced in straight sets.

"It was a great relationship with Nike and this is going to be, too - one that carries well beyond Roger's playing days".

Monday's other Centre Court matches see Australian Open champion Caroline Wozniacki face Varvara Lepchenko of the United States while Bulgarian sixth seed Grigor Dimitrov, a semi-finalist in 2014, faces three-time major victor Stan Wawrinka.

However, 2017 semi-finalist Magdalena Rybarikova lost 7-5, 6-3 to Sorana Cirstea.

"I think it remains a little bit nerve-wracking".

In 2007, Federer beat arch rival Rafael Nadal in the final to claim his fifth consecutive triumph at Wimbledon.

The 36-year-old, who again skipped the clay-court season to ensure he was fresh for Wimbledon, reeled off the second set in just under half an hour. Monfils went on to win the match.Clive Mason/Getty ImagesMEAN GREENArantxa Rus of the Netherlands muscles a return to Serena Williams.

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