Days after surviving a five-set first round scare, defending Wimbledon champion Roger Federer was once again put to the test, this time by the Serbian Ilija Bozoljac who tried to outgun the Swiss but still fell short 6-3, 6-7(4), 6-4, 7-6(5).
The world number two Federer, seeded first in this tournament, has had to play his best tennis this early in the tournament against Alejandro Falla of Colombia and Bozoljac. Thus far, he has already played nine sets unlike in previous years where he usually disposes of his early round opponents without dropping a set.
"I wish they were straight sets," Federer said of his recent showing. "(But) as long as I get to move on in Wimbledon, I'm a happy man."
The turning point of the match came with Bozoljac ahead by one game in the fourth set when Federer hit a crosscourt forehand winner to tie at 3-all. The Swiss then duplicated the shot on the next point and it seemed as if he was about to break the Serbian.
But Bozoljac remained consistent throughout until the tiebreak where his forehand sailed a few inches beyond the baseline, enabling Federer to reach the third round and remain on track to equal Pete Sampras' record of seven Wimbledon titles. Dexter R. Matilla