Look Federer off to a fluent start

Andy Murray only recently made his comeback from a long injury lay-off

Andy Murray only recently made his comeback from a long injury lay-off

However, Federer is just 50 ranking points behind heading to Wimbledon, meaning the top ranking is up for grabs at the All England Club.

Federer confirmed his switch from the USA sportswear brand to Uniqlo on the first day of Wimbledon by walking out to play in his new outfit but remained in personalised Wimbledon Nike trainers as he beat Dusan Lajovic in straight sets on Monday.

Later Monday, Serena Williams tackles Dutch outsider Arantxa Rus on Court One.

The brand endorsed 12-time Grand Slam victor Novak Djokovic for five years, but he signed with Maus Freres SA's Lacoste last year.

"She played unbelievable today, I've never seen her play like that before".

The legendary Swiss followed that up by claiming Wimbledon glory for a record eighth time 12 months ago and took his tally of major triumphs to 20 in Melbourne back in January.

So perhaps Roger Federer will be the only person throughout the United Kingdom complaining about the glorious summer weather.

After breaking serve twice, the 22-year-old Croat needed only one set point and 25 minutes to wrap up the first set.

The former world number three is now ranked 224th due to a prolonged absence through injury.

However, even Federer can not escape the giant shadow cast on the sporting landscape by the ongoing World Cup.

"Sure, yeah. They have a long-standing rivalry".

"If you'd have said at that time that in 10 years" time the two favourites were going to be Federer and Nadal, you'd have said "come on? really?' I guess there's some similarities there as well". It became public when he stepped out at the All England Club.

Uniqlo also sponsors Japan's number one men's player Kei Nishikori and had previously sponsored former world number one Novak Djokovic.

The second seeded Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark defeated America's Varvara Lepchenko 6/0, 6/3 to advance to the second round.

Monday's other Centre Court matches see Australian Open champion Caroline Wozniacki face Varvara Lepchenko of the United States while Bulgarian sixth seed Grigor Dimitrov, a semi-finalist in 2014, faces three-time major victor Stan Wawrinka.

Also getting their campaigns underway yesterday were five-time women's champion Venus Williams against Johanna Larsson.

Last year's runner-up Marin Cilic was also a comfortable victor, beating Yoshihito Nishioka of Japan 6-1 6-4 6-4.

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