Wimbeldown Preview – Roger Federer Vs. Sergiy Stakhovsky
Roger Federer, last year’s Wimbledon champion, had one of the toughest draws in recent history, as he would have to face both Olympic Champion Andy Murray and French Open champion Rafael Nadal before he even reach the final this time around. Federer must have smiled at the good news that he would not have to face Nadal at this year’s tournament, after he lost in straight sets to Steve Darcis of Belgium (7/6, 7/6, 6/4).
Federer’s first round match was not nearly as dramatic, in fact it was hardly a match at all, as he cruised to a straight set victory over Victor Hanescu of Romania (6/3, 6/2, 6/0). The match took a mere 69 minutes for the seven-time champion to crash his way into the second round. It was the sixth time that Federer had faced Hanescu on the courts, albeit the first time on a grass court, but the match result was the same as the previous five, with Federer improving his record to 6-0 against Hanescu.
His opponent will be Ukrainian Sergiy Stakhovsky, the 116th ranked player in the world. Stakhovsky beat Brazilian Rogerio Dutra Silva in straight sets (6/4, 6/0, 6/4) to match his best performance at Wimbledon by reaching the second round (he previously reached the second round in 2011).
The two competitors have faced each other one time previously, at the 2011 Dubai Duty Free Tennis tournament. Not surprisingly, Federer cruised through the match in straight sets and emerged victorious 6/3, 6/4.
The winner of the match will face off with the victor of the Jurgen Melzer vs. Julian Reister match. Melzer is in the top 40 in the world while Reister is not even in the top 100, so he should emerge victorious with a match against Federer as his likely reward.