Wimbledon 2018 day three review: Federer

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Roger Federer - safely through at Wimbledon
Roger Federer - safely through at Wimbledon

Roger Federer put on a clinic on Centre Court on Wednesday as the defending champion destroyed Slovakia's Lukas Lacko 6-4 6-4 6-1 in just 90 minutes.

The win means the eight-time champion has racked up 26 consecutive sets at Wimbledon in a run of nine successive wins spread over this year and last.

Since his triumphant return to the All England Club in 2017 - 12 months after he had limped out of the semi-finals looking like a broken man - he has barely broken sweat at his stronghold grand slam.

The Slovakian is no mug, having been a beaten finalist at Eastbourne last week, but he could not cope with Federer's mastery as the Swiss racked up his 93rd Wimbledon win.

"I played very well again, I felt good out there, less nerves than in the first round, which is normal," Federer added.

"I am happy with how I am hitting the ball and concentration on my own service games and I am able to mix it up on return.

"I needed to put him away and I was able to do that and I am very happy."

Gael Monfils has revealed he has finally learned how to love grass after reaching Wimbledon's third round for the second year running.

Frenchman Monfils edged past Italy's Paolo Lorenzi 3-6 6-3 7-6 (7/5) 7-6 (7/3) on Wednesday to book a clash with 11th seed Sam Querrey.

Even after beating Britain's Kyle Edmund in the second round last year, Monfils maintained he harboured a serious dislike for the grass.

But now the 31-year-old believes he has discovered a new-found appreciation for his least-favourite surface.

"After years and years of improving slowly, finally I can say that I like the grass," said Monfils.

"I'm happy, with the way I've played in these two matches. I'm trying to like the grass as much now as I like playing tennis.

"I've had to have the mindset that it's just another surface."

Milos Raonic eased past Australia's John Millman in straight sets to book his place in the third round at Wimbledon.

The Canadian 13th seed prevailed 7-6 (7/4) 7-6 (7/4) 7-6 (7/4), relying on his bullet serve to emerge victorious from a predictably attritional Court Two contest.

Germany's Jan-Lennard Struff bludgeoned past big-serving Croat Ivo Karlovic in a gruelling five-set duel.

Struff prevailed 6-7 (5/7) 3-6 7-6 (7/4) 7-6 (7/4) 13-11 in a clash lasting almost four hours.

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