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Tuesday, 25 June, 2002, 15:28 GMT 16:28 UK
Gamewatch: Federer v Ancic

Game-by-game coverage as Mario Ancic beats number seven seed Roger Federer in straight sets on Centre Court.

Roger Federer 3-6 6-7 3-5 Mario Ancic
Federer briefly comes to life to take a 30-15 lead, but Ancic refuses to give up the initiative. A delightul stop volley hands him match point and Federer blasts a wild forehand miles over the baseline to hand Ancic victory.

Roger Federer 3-6 6-7 3-5 Mario Ancic
Federer manges his first ace of the day as he stays alive for one more game at least. The Swiss seventh seed has not played badly, but so far he has been out-played by his 18-year-old Croat opponent. Ancic now serves for the match.

Roger Federer 3-6 6-7 2-5 Mario Ancic
There is still no sign of nerves from Ancic and he holds his service for the loss of just two points to move within a game of victory.

Roger Federer 3-6 6-7 2-4 Mario Ancic
Federer is staring down the barrel of a gun but he holds serve comfortably to stay in the match. The final shot - a rifled top-spin backhand - offers a glimpse of the Swiss player's talent.

Roger Federer 3-6 6-7 1-4 Mario Ancic
Ancic is showing the first signs of tightening up as he plays two poor points, but two consecutive aces settle him down again and he takes the game with a commanding volley at the net.

Roger Federer 3-6 6-7 1-3 Mario Ancic
Federer chucks in another double-fault and goes break-point down when he dumps a volley into the net. Ancic then drills a backhand past Federer to clinch what could be a vital break.

Roger Federer 3-6 6-7 1-2 Mario Ancic
The better Federer plays the higher the standard of Ancic's tennis. At 30-all seventh seed Federer drills the ball at the Croat, who produces a dazzling reaction volley to win the point before taking the game on the next point.

Roger Federer 3-6 6-7 1-1 Mario Ancic
Both players are producing some excellent shots, combining power with finesse. Ancic hits two searing forehand service returns as he forces deuce, but Federer manages to hold.

Roger Federer 3-6 6-7 0-1 Mario Ancic
Federer is struggling to deal with his opponent's all-round game and Ancic gets off the mark in the third set with an ace to win the game.


Roger Federer 3-6 6-7 (2/7) Mario Ancic
Ancic takes the first point with a beautiful forehand down the line. A backhand to Federer's feet puts him 2-0 up and a solid serve helps him to the third point.

Federer wins the next point but dumps a volley over the baseline to fall 4-1 behind and Ancic wins the next two points to hold five set points.

Federer fights off the first but puts yet another volley over the baseline to hand Ancic the second set.

Roger Federer 3-6 6-6 Mario Ancic
Ancic is covering the court very well and he demonstrates a lovely touch as he wins the first point. Federer has still not eliminated the mistakes from his game and he fails to win a point as the set goes to a tie-break.

Roger Federer 3-6 6-5 Mario Ancic
Federer is looking increasingly secure on his serve and he holds to love. Ancic now has to hold his serve to stay in the set.

Roger Federer 3-6 5-5 Mario Ancic
Ancic is serving well and he holds his serve for the loss of only one point.

Roger Federer 3-6 5-4 Mario Ancic
Federer is finding like difficult but he manages to hold his serve and put the pressure back on his 18-year-old opponent.

Roger Federer 3-6 4-4 Mario Ancic
Federer forces three break points but Ancic fights them off and forces deuce with an ace.

The young Croat then dumps an easy volley into the net to hand Federer another break point but the number seven seed puts his backhand into the net and Ancic wins the next two points to hold his serve.

Roger Federer 3-6 4-3 Mario Ancic
Federer may be struggling to get to grips with the Ancic serve, but he is looking more solid on his own delivery. He loses a couple of points at the net but holds without too much difficulty.

Roger Federer 3-6 3-3 Mario Ancic
Ancic is looking very comfortable on his serve and he races through the game without losing a point.

Roger Federer 3-6 3-2 Mario Ancic
After his shaky start Federer is beginning to find his range and he holds his serve for the loss of just one point.

Roger Federer 3-6 2-2 Mario Ancic
Ancic is looking completely at home on his first appearance on Centre Court and he levels the second set with an ace down the middle.

Roger Federer 3-6 2-1 Mario Ancic
Federer produces three double-faults in a row as the game goes to deuce, but manages to hold his serve.

Roger Federer 3-6 1-1 Mario Ancic
Ancic produces the fastest serve of the match so far - 127mph - as he races through his service game. Federer is looking increasingly frustrated and mutters to himself as he walks away to serve.

Roger Federer 3-6 1-0 Mario Ancic
Federer's serve is working better than at the start of the game and he wins the first game of the second set without too much difficulty.


Roger Federer 3-6 Mario Ancic
Ancic forces three set points and takes the set at the first attempt as Federer balloons a backhand over the baseline.

Roger Federer 3-5 Mario Ancic
Federer produces his best service game so far and holds without dropping a point.

Roger Federer 2-5 Mario Ancic
Federer forces a break point but Ancic produces a deep second serve and Federer dumps it into the net. After a couple of deuces the Croat then produces two solid serves to take the game.

Roger Federer 2-4 Mario Ancic

Federer loses his second service game in a row when he double-faults at 0-40. On the first three points Federer tried to take the initiative at the net, but twice he missed his volley and on the other point fell victim to a fine passing shot from Ancic.

Roger Federer 2-3 Mario Ancic
Ancic, like his opponent, is struggling with his serve but he manages to hold for the loss of two points.

Roger Federer 2-2 Mario Ancic
Ancic breaks back immediately as Federer's serve refuses to fire. The 20-year-old Swiss is only making one in three first serves at the moment, and his second double-fault of the match does not help his cause.

Roger Federer 2-1 Mario Ancic
Ancic, who had to fight his way through qualifying, feeds Federer's backhand down the line and the seventh seed takes full advantage as he secures the first break of the match.

Roger Federer 1-1 Mario Ancic
Unlike his opponent the more experienced Federer makes a nervy start and fails to get a first service in until he is 40-15 down. However, he pulls himself together and wins four points in a row to hold his serve.

Roger Federer 0-1 Mario Ancic
The 18-year-old Croat makes a confident start and wins his first service game without dropping a point.

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