'A good first week' at Wimbledon

DENIS POISSANT, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 10:57 AM ET

WIMBLEDON, England -- For the first time at Wimbledon this year, Roger Federer lost a set. But it didn't stop him from remaining undefeated.

"It has been a good first week," he said.

"Pretty convincing. I thought this was my best match of the tournament, even though I dropped a set."

Federer knocked off Germany's Philipp Kohlschreiber 6-3, 6-2, 6-7 (5), 6-1 yesterday to break Andre Agassi's record with 47th career victories at Wimbledon -- a feat he wasn't aware of until afterwards.

"That's not the record that I dreamed of as a child, but it's a good one," he said. "If you ask Agassi, he probably isn't even aware of it."

Familiar foe

Federer earned a berth in the fourth round Monday against a familiar foe -- Robin Soderling. Federer beat Soderling in the French Open final this month to complete a career Grand Slam and win his 14th major title, tying Pete Sampras' record.

Now the No. 2-seeded Federer seeks his sixth Wimbledon title, and he's a heavy favourite with defending champion Rafael Nadal absent because of bad knees.

"It's down to business in the second week," Federer said. "This is where it gets really interesting."

Soderling reached the fourth round for the first time in seven appearances at Wimbledon by defeating Nicolas Almagro 7-6 (7), 6-4, 6-4.

Soderling has lost all 10 of his matches with Federer.

"It's tough to play against Roger," Soderling said. "I've played him 10 times, and after the match I never felt like I played well. But I mean, it's not because of me. I think it's because of him."

Fourth-seeded Novak Djokovic, who could face Federer in the semifinals, defeated American Mardy Fish 6-4, 6-4, 6-4.

Unseeded Dudi Sela became the first Israeli man in 20 years to reach the fourth round when he beat No. 15 Tommy Robredo 7-6 (8), 7-5, 2-6, 7-5. The 22nd-seeded Ivo Karlovic hit 46 aces, the last on match point, to upset No. 9 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 7-6 (5), 6-7 (5), 7-5, 7-6 (5).

In women's play, two-time champion Serena Williams beat Roberta Vinci 6-3, 6-4.

Williams hit 10 aces and committed only 12 unforced errors to win for the 172nd time in 200 Grand Slam matches. The only other active woman to play as many matches in major tournaments is her sister, five-time Wimbledon champion Venus (219).

Victoria Azarenka, 19, made a successful Centre Court debut by beating Sorana Cirstea 7-6 (2), 6-3.

Gisela Dulko, who upset 2004 champion Maria Sharapova in the second round, was eliminated by No. 10 Nadia Petrova 3-6, 6-3, 6-4.

Seventh-seeded Vera Zvonareva, slowed by an ankle injury since April, pulled out before her match against No. 26 Virginie Razzano. Fourth-seeded Elena Dementieva, a semifinalist last year, cruised past qualifier Regina Kulikova 6-1, 6-2.

In men's doubles, Toronto's Daniel Nestor and Serbian partner Nenad Zimonjic defeated Americans Robert Kendrick and Sam Querrey to advance to the third round.

In women's doubles, Aleksandra Wozniak of Blainville, Que., and Germany's Sabine Lisicki lost 6-1, 6-4 to the Williams.


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