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Last Updated: Monday, 26 June 2006, 18:24 GMT 19:24 UK
Federer secures new record in win
By Piers Newbery
BBC Sport at Wimbledon

Roger Federer
Federer acknowledges the Centre Court fans after the match
Roger Federer set a new record of 42 consecutive grasscourt wins as he lost just two games on the way to sealing a rain-delayed win over Richard Gasquet.

The defending champion resumed leading 6-3 1-2 after rain had halted play on Monday, and after saving an early break point he soon found his form.

Federer completely dominated in the sunshine to win 6-3 6-2 6-2.

His victory broke Bjorn Borg's record run on grass and he now meets Tim Henman in round two.

After losing the opening game of the day, the Centre Court were thrilled as Federer superbly reeled off the next four games to take the second set in just 16 minutes.

The first four games of the third set went with serve but that was as good as it got for Gasquet as Federer rattled another four games in a row to seal victory with a superb overhead smash.

Federer said he would rather not have faced Henman next.

"That's as tough as it gets in the second round," he said. "I was hoping he wouldn't be in my section because he was always a dark horse earlier in my career.

"Playing Richard in round one was one of the toughest draws I've had. Over two days makes it more difficult.

"I was very happy with the way I played. Maybe it was my best, I don't know, but it was definitely up there."

And the Swiss star played down his achievement in breaking Borg's record.

"To get any streak is obviously nice," he said. "I'm still going, so even better.

"But (Borg's) five Wimbledons and the sixth final is something beyond almost possibilities for any player, so for me he stays a hero."

SEE ALSO
Gamewatch: Federer v Gasquet
26 Jun 06 |  Tennis


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