(photo credit: Associated Press)
WIMBLEDON, England – No. 1 seed Roger Federer overcame a two-set deficit to
avert a monumental first-round upset at Wimbledon, beating Alejandro Falla 5-7,
4-6, 6-4, 7-6 (1), 6-0 on Monday.
In other first-day action, Shahar Pe’er
advanced to the second round of in convincing fashion late Monday night, beating
former world No. 1 Ana Ivanovic 6-3, 6-4 in one hour and 10 minutes.
Israeli, seeded No. 13 at the All England Club, had little trouble in
dispatching the struggling Serb, outplaying a player who won the French
years ago, but has failed to get past the fourth round of a Grand Slam
Pe’er will be especially pleased with her serving on
Monday. The 23-year-old won 27 of 37 points in which she got her first
and only faced one break point throughout the encounter.
some 12 break points on the Ivanovic serve and despite converting just
them, was always in control.
Next up for the Israeli is a second round
meeting against German Angelique Kerber (54), who beat Indian Sania
On the men’s side, Dudi Sela will play his first round match on
Tuesday against No. 13 seed Mikhail Youzhny.