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Federer rolls in opening match

THE BALTIMORE SUN

WIMBLEDON, England - Along with the euphoria of winning his first Grand Slam title here a year ago, Roger Federer also took away from the 2003 Wimbledon the memory of defending champion Lleyton Hewitt's shocking first-round defeat, and he was determined not to be felled by the same misfortune.

"Before the match, I was just really trying to stay calm and basically enjoy it out there," Federer said yesterday after sweeping past British wild card Alex Bogdonovich, 6-3, 6-3, 6-0, on the opening day of the tournament.

It was a solid Day 1 for the favorites. Seventh-seeded Hewitt, who was beaten by 6-foot-10 Ivo Karlovic a year ago, crushed Austrian Jurgen Melzer in straight sets and, on the women's side, No. 3 Venus Williams and No. 5 Lindsay Davenport easily won their matches.

Also through to the second round: No. 6 Juan Carlos Ferrero, No. 10 Sebastien Grosjean and 2001 champion Goran Ivanisevic in the men's tournament and No. 2 Anastasia Myskina, the French Open winner, No. 11 Ai Sugiyama, No. 12 Vera Zvonareva and No. 13 Maria Sharapova.

Results

Men's singles

First round

Roger Federer (1), Switzerland, def. Alex Bogdanovic, Britain, 6-3, 6-3, 6-0. Lleyton Hewitt (7), Australia, def. Jurgen Melzer, Austria, 6-2, 6-4, 6-2. Fernando Verdasco, Spain, def. Glenn Weiner, United States, 6-4, 6-4, 6-4. Alejandro Falla, Colombia, def. Julian Knowle, Austria, 2-6, 6-3, 6-1, 6-3. Ivo Karlovic, Croatia, def. Paradorn Srichaphan (13), Thailand, 3-6, 6-4, 6-4, 6-4. Robby Ginepri (27), United States, def. Janko Tipsarevic, Serbia-Montenegro, 4-6, 7-5, 6-3, 6-3.

Goran Ivanisevic, Croatia, def. Mikhail Youzhny (31), Russia, 6-3, 7-6 (4), 6-2. Fabrice Santoro, France, def. Alberto Martin, Spain, 7-5, 6-2, 3-6, 6-2. Stefan Koubek, Austria, def. Jose Acasuso, Argentina, 4-6, 6-4, 6-1, 6-1. Thomas Johansson, Sweden, def. Nicolas Kiefer (29), Germany, 4-6, 4-6, 6-4, 6-3, 6-0. Gilles Elseneer, Belgium, def. Arvind Parmar, Britain, 7-6 (5), 7-6 (5), 7-6 (3). Jonas Bjorkman (17), Sweden, def. Raemon Sluiter, Netherlands, 5-7, 6-1, 7-5, 6-1.

Juan Carlos Ferrero (6), Spain, def. Julien Boutter, France, 6-4, 7-6 (4), 6-3. Sebastien Grosjean (10), France, def. Thierry Ascione, France, 6-4, 6-2, 6-4. Gregory Carraz, France, def. Olivier Rochus, Belgium, 7-6 (5), 6-4, 6-4. Daniele Bracciali, Italy, def. Jan Hernych, Czech Republic, 3-6, 4-6, 6-2, 6-3, 6-3. Filippo Volandri, Italy, def. Jamie Delgado, Britain, 6-1, 6-3, 6-3. Radek Stepanek, Czech Republic, def. Alex Corretja, Spain, 4-6, 6-3, 6-2, 5-7, 6-4.

Guillermo Coria (3), Argentina, is even with Wesley Moodie, South Africa, 6-4, 6-7 (3), 6-3, 6-7 (3), susp., darkness. Irakli Labadze, Georgia, leads Kristof Vliegen, Belgium, 6-2, 6-4, susp., darkness. Florian Mayer, Germany, leads Wayne Arthurs, Australia, 7-6 (4), 7-6 (5), 3-3, susp., darkness. Carlos Moya (9), Spain, is even with Olivier Patience, France, 6-4, 3-6, susp., darkness. Jan-Michael Gambill, United States, leads Max Mirnyi (23), Belarus, 6-3, 7-5, 4-3, susp., darkness.

Women's singles

First round

Martina Navratilova, United States, def. Catalina Castano, Colombia, 6-0, 6-1. Tatiana Panova, Russia, def. Emilie Loit (28), France, 6-1, 6-2. Anne Keothavong, Britain, def. Nicole Pratt, Australia, 6-3, 6-1. Vera Zvonareva (12), Russia, def. Samantha Stosur, Australia, 6-4, 6-4. Ai Sugiyama (11), Japan, def. Amanda Janes, Britain, 3-6, 6-2, 6-3. Teryn Ashley, United States, def. Tina Pisnik, Slovenia, 2-6, 6-1, 7-5.

Venus Williams (3), United States, def. Marie-Gayanay Mikaelian, Switzerland, 6-3, 6-0. Saori Obata, Japan, def. Eva Birnerova, Czech Republic, 4-6, 6-4, 7-5. Katarina Srebotnik, Slovenia, def. Anna Smashnova-Pistolesi (16), Israel, 6-4, 6-3. Gisela Dulko, Argentina, def. Jelena Dokic (23), Serbia-Montenegro, 6-3, 6-3. Mashona Washington, United States, def. Angelique Widjaja, Indonesia, 6-2, 6-1. Denisa Chladkova, Czech Republic, def. Marlene Weingartner, Germany, 6-3, 6-1.

Anastasia Myskina (2), Russia, def. Lubomira Kurhajcova, Slovakia, 7-5, 6-1. Emily Webley-Smith, Britain, def. Severine Beltrame, France, 7-6 (2), 6-4. Alicia Molik (27), Australia, def. Melinda Czink, Hungary, 6-1, 6-4. Magdalena Maleeva (21), Bulgaria, def. Vera Douchevina, Russia, 6-1, 7-5. Aniko Kapros, Hungary, def. Mervana Jugic-Salkic, Bosnia-Herzegovina, 6-4, 2-6, 6-3. Maria Sharapova (13), Russia, def. Yulia Beygelzimer, Ukraine, 6-2, 6-1.

Jill Craybas, United States, def. Cara Black, Zimbabwe, 6-4, 6-3. Lindsay Davenport (5), United States, def. Dally Randriantefy, Madagascar, 6-2, 6-1. Amy Frazier (31), United States, def. Maria Kirilenko, Russia, 6-1, 6-4. Kristina Brandi, Puerto Rico, def. Iveta Benesova, Czech Republic, 6-2, 6-0. Karolina Sprem, Croatia, is even with Laura Granville, United States, 2-6, 6-1, susp., darkness.

Schedule

(Featured matches; play begins at 8 a.m.)

Today

Men's singles

Centre Court Carlos Moya (9), Spain, vs. Olivier Patience, France, comp. of susp. match. Wang Yeu-tzuoo, Taiwan, vs. Andy Roddick (2), United States. Court 1 Tim Henman (5), Britain, vs. Ruben Ramirez Hidalgo, Spain. Guillermo Coria (3), Argentina, vs. Wesley Moodie, South Africa, comp. of susp. match. Greg Rusedski, Britain, vs. Davide Sanguinetti, Italy. Court 2 Dmitry Tursunov, Russia, vs. Marat Safin (19), Russia. Lee Childs, Britain, vs. Sjeng Schalken (12), Netherlands.

Women's singles

Centre Court Serena Williams (1), United States, vs. Zheng Jie, China. Amelie Mauresmo (4), France, vs. Jelena Kostanic, Croatia. Court 1 Claudine Schaul, Luxembourg, vs. Jennifer Capriati (7), United States. Court 2 Virginie Razzano, France, vs. Svetlana Kuznetsova (8), Russia. Mary Pierce (24), France, vs. Virginia Ruano Pascual, Spain.

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