Roger Federer set his sights on equalling Pete Sampras’ modern-day record of seven Wimbledon titles after completing a comfortable first-round victory over grass-court rookie Mikhail Kukushkin.
Last year, Federer had to fight back from two sets down in the first round against Alejandro Falla but he never looked troubled yesterday.
The Swiss third seed lost only two points from his own serve in the first set and then accelerated to a 7-6 (7/2) 6-4 6-2 victory over Kukushkin.
Federer will face Adrian Mannarino in the next round after the Frenchman eventually saw off Ireland’s Conor Niland in five tough sets.
“Tying Pete in any stats means you’re right up there with maybe the greatest, one of the greatest players of all times, and that’s always a nice thing,” said Federer.
“I have just won my first match - there are six more to go. It was a good performance. I’m serving well, moving well. It’s nice to win in straight sets.”
Britain’s James Ward lost 6-3 7-6 (7/4) 6-3 to France’s 19th seed Michael Llodra.
But Elena Baltacha beat qualifier Mona Barthel (6-2 6-4) to reach the second round of Wimbledon for the fifth time in her career.
Anne Keothavong beat Naomi Broady 6-2 6-4 in their all-British match
Andy Murray takes on Germany’s Tobias Kamke this afternoon on Court One.