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Tennis: Federer Defeats Gasquet at Wimbledon


Top-seeded Roger Federer of Switzerland has defeated Frenchman Richard Gasquet in straight-sets in his first round match at the Wimbledon tennis Championships in London.

The easy 6-3, 6-2, 6-2 win Tuesday was Federer's record 42nd consecutive grass-court victory, breaking the old record of 41 he had shared with five-time Wimbledon champion Bjorn Borg of Sweden.

In other men's action, number-two Rafael Nadal of Spain topped Britain's Alex Bogdanovic 6-4, 7-6, 6-4, while fourth-seeded David Nalbandian of Argentina, number-seven Mario Ancic of Croatia and eighth-seeded James Blake of the United States also advanced.

Nalbandian topped South Africa's Wesley Moodie, 6-3, 6-4, 6-1, while Ancic defeated Nicolas Amalgro of Spain, 7-6, 7-5, 7-6 and Blake beat Denmark's Kristian Pless in four sets.

After less than an hour of play was possible because of rain on Monday's opening day, women's second seed Kim Clijsters of Belgium, her third-seeded countrywoman Justine Henin-Hardenne and number-five Svetlana Kuznetsova of Russia took advantage of the dry weather to move into the second round.

Clijsters overpowered Vera Zvonereva of Russia, 7-5, 6-3, while Henin-Hardenne demolished China's Meng Yuan 6-0, 6-1 and Kuznetsova ousted Romina Oprandi of Italy, 6-3, 6-2. Number 12 Martina Hingis of Switzerland got her first Wimbledon campaign since 2001 going with a 6-2, 6-2 win over Olga Savchuk of Ukraine.

Other men moving into the second round included 11th-seeded Spaniard Tommy Robredo, who got by Simon Greul of Germany in four sets and number 13 Tomas Berdych, who beat fellow Czech Jan Hernych, 6-3, 6-4, 7-5.

Number 14 Radek Stepanek of the Czech Republic knocked out Canadian Frank Dancevic, 7-6, 6-3, 6-4, while 19th-seeded German Tommy Haas defeated Jiri Vanek of the Czech Republic, 7-6, 7-5, 6-4.

Number 24 Spaniard Juan Carlos Ferrero beat countryman Fernando Vicente, 6-1, 6-3, 6-2, while 25th-seeded American Andre Agassi upended Boris Pashanski of Serbia in four sets and number 30 Kristof Vliegen of Belgium knocked off Jiri Novak of the Czech Republic, 6-4, 7-5, 6-2.

There were several upsets Tuesday with Jonas Bjorkman of Sweden beating 12th-seeded countryman Thomas Johansson, 3-6, 7-6, 6-1, 6-1 and number 20 Dominik Hrbaty of Slovakia falling to Italy's Daniele Bracciali. Also losing were number 21 Gael Monfils of France and 29th-seeded Thai Paradorn Srichaphan.

Elsewhere in the women's draw, 15th-seeded Slovakian Daniela Hantuchova played three sets to beat Maria Elena Camerin of Italy, while number 18 Ai Sugiyama of Japan eliminated Naomi Cavaday of Britain, 6-4, 7-5.

Number 21 Katarina Srebotnik of Slovenia ousted Martina Sucha of Slovakia 6-4, 6-1 and 24th-seeded Frenchwoman Marion Bartoli crushed countrywoman Camille Pin, 6-0, 6-2, but there were also two upsets.

Shinobu Asagoe of Japan surprised 17th-seeded Maria Kirilenko and number 28 Sofia Arvidsson of Sweden fell to Eva Birnerova of the Czech Republic.

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