Roger Federer swats aside Dusan Lajovic to start Wimbledon title defence

• Defending champion eases to 6-1, 6-3, 6-4 win on Centre Court
• ‘I felt good from the start. I was really able to enjoy it’

Roger Federer, favourite again in his 20th consecutive Wimbledon, began his pursuit of a record ninth title in the same calm way he annexed his eighth a year ago, brushing aside the world No 57 Dusan Lajovic in 79 minutes of almost embarrassing brilliance.

Last year, the Swiss took an hour and 41 minutes to beat a foot-blistered Marin Cilic in the most one-sided final in many years – having beaten Lajovic in an hour and a half in the second round – and Monday’s 6-1, 6-3, 6-4 win, his ninth in the first round on Centre Court, was even more clinical.

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