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Roger Federer drops decades-old Nike partnership for Uniqlo

Roger Federer believes his rivalry with Rafael Nadal is like the one between Ronaldo and Messi GETTYRoger Federer believes his rivalry with Rafael Nadal is like the one between Ronaldo and Messi
Eugene Bates | 04 July, 2018, 02:02

Data provided by Oddshark has the Swiss as a 3/2 runaway favorite, followed by long-time foes Rafael Nadal, the current world one, and Novak Djokovic at 5/1 and 13/2 respectively.

The biggest stunner Tuesday had to be Kvitova, picked by many to win her third Wimbledon. Rosol was making his Wimbledon debut, but the Czech wasn't overawed in a 6-7, 6-4, 6-4, 2-6, 6-4 stunner.

"Courts are going to be as hard as ever and the ball is going to be bouncing higher so that could help him."

"I think nobody wants to play him, at least in the first couple of rounds of this tournament".

But Nadal has already given Spain plenty to be proud of this summer with an 11th French Open title last month, and the 32-year-old is aiming to justify his status as the world number one in London.

Nadal is seeking a first Wimbledon title since 2010, which would also make him just the second man to accomplish the French Open-Wimbledon double three times.

He will next face Mikhail Kukushkin of Kazakhstan.

Curiously, he was still wearing Nike shoes for his 6-1 6-3 6-4 win over Serbia's Dusan Lajovic on Centre Court at the All England Club.

Feliciano Lopez has not beaten Roger Federer in 13 attempts.

Gael Monfils is through to the second round of Wimbledon after defeating fellow Frenchman Richard Gasquet 7-6 (6), 7-5, 6-4.

Federer insists that he has not had a full divorce from Nike - hence the U.S. company's shoes on the feet of the 20-time grand slam victor.

"But psychologically I felt the atmosphere, I felt the pressure, as well". I thought I had enough power to adjust myself. And I haven't played in wind in a really long time. "I have no expectations".

Wawrinka, whose ranking has slumped to 225 after knee surgery, had lost his last four matches against Dimitrov.

Defending champion Muguruza advanced with a 6-2, 7-5 victory over British wild card Naomi Broady.

The five-time Grand Slam champion hadn't competed at the All England Club since 2015, having served a drugs ban during the 2016 event and skipping the grass-court season with injury a year later - though it wasn't clear if she would be handed a wildcard anyway.

Cilic added: "I'm looking at last year's experience as a positive one and the one that I can learn from especially in my psychological approach to the match".

The Israeli has not played since a first-round exit at Roland Garros and not won a match on the ATP Tour since beating Kyle Edmund at Indian Wells in March.

Venus Williams, a five-time champion and runner-up previous year, made the next round with a 6-7 (3/7), 6-2, 6-1 win against Johanna Larsson of Sweden.

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