Roger Federer was happy with his victory over Paolo Lorenzi in the first round of Wimbledon 2014, and admits he has adapted his game in search of of an eighth title.
Speaking in his post-match press conference at SW19, the Swiss star said: “It was a solid match overall. I served well, returned well, also tried to come forward a bit. I could really do everything out there, so I’m very pleased with the first round.”
Federer dominated the game, taking just over an hour and a half to win in straight sets and book his place in the second round of the tournament. It was a convincing 6-1, 6-1, 6-3 win over his Italian opponent.
It is no surprise that Federer easily won the game, considering his opponent has never won a grand slam match in 12 attempts. The seven-time Wimbledon winner has been working on readjusting his game in order to progress in the tournament, in order to have options against different opponents, as he looks to claim his next victory.
Serve & Volley
Federer began his career as a serve-and-volley player; a style of play which has disappeared from his game over the years. However, after hiring former world number 1 and two-times Wimbledon champion, Stefan Edberg, he has been working on brining it back into his game.
“I’ve been trying to play some serve and volley last week in Halle. But here the surface is slower again. I have to readjust and see against who does it work and how do you do it," he added.
“So it was a good first match for me to get a feel for, you know, how much can you actually do it. I don’t serve and volley all the time. That’s not how I intend to be playing. But mixing it up a little bit could be the way to go.”
Federer last won the tournament in 2012, defeating Andy Murray in what was a tough final game, and he will be hoping for another good year. The number four seed will now face either Julien Bennateau or Gilles Muller in the second round.