Originally posted on FOX Sports  |  Last updated 6/23/13
Ten years after his first Wimbledon championship, Roger Federer began his bid for a record eighth title at the All England Club with the same dominance that has defined his grass-court greatness. Opening the tournament on Centre Court as defending champion, Federer looked right as home Monday as he dismantled Victor Hanescu of Romania 6-3, 6-2, 6-0 in just 68 minutes. This was a grass-court clinic from Federer, who had 32 winners, seven aces and just six unforced errors. He won 90 percent of the points when he put his first serve in. It didn't take long for Wimbledon to produce its first upset on the opening day of the tournament. Puerto Rican teenager Monica Puig had 38 winners and eliminated fifth-seeded Sara Errani of Italy 6-3, 6-2 Monday in the first match on Court 18 of the grass-court Grand Slam. The 19-year-old Puig, playing her first grass-court tournament as a pro, outplayed the Italian veteran with her hard-hitting baseline game. Errani was runner-up at last year's French Open and had reached at least the semifinals of three of the last five Grand Slams. But on the slick grass at the All England club Monday, she had only 13 winners and was broken four times. Puig squandered five match points before hitting a forehand winner past Errani to close out the match. The Puerto Rican dropped her racket to the turf and covered her face in her hands. Errani withdrew from last week's grass-court warmup at Eastbourne with a leg injury, but showed no signs of any physical problems during the match. It's the third time a top-5 women's seeded player has lost in the first round at Wimbledon since 2001. The others were Martina Hingis in 2000 and Francesca Schiavone in 2010. The loss marked another humbling Wimbledon exit for Errani. Last year, the Italian went an entire set without winning a point in losing 6-0, 6-4 in the third round to Yaroslava Shvedova of Kazakhstan. Shvedova was the first player in a Grand Slam to achieve a so-called ''golden set'' by winning 24 straight points. In another women's match, former top-ranked Ana Ivanovic of Serbia advanced to the second round with a 7-6 (1), 6-0 win over qualifier Virginie Razzano of France. The 12th-seeded Ivanovic, a semifinalist here in 2007, swept through the second set in 22 minutes, finishing the match with her sixth ace. The weather was cloudy but dry for the beginning of the two-week championships. Also scheduled on Centre Court were former women's champion Maria Sharapova facing Kristina Mladenovic of France, and No. 2-seeded Andy Murray playing Benjamin Becker of Germany. Murray, who lost to Federer in last year's final, beat the Swiss star a month later for the Olympic gold medal and won his first Grand Slam at the U.S. Open. He is bidding again to become the first British player to win the men's Wimbledon trophy since Fred Perry in 1936. Two-time champion Rafael Nadal, seeded No. 5 this year, was paired against Steve Darcis of Belgium on Court No. 1. Nadal is coming off his eighth victory at the French Open. Defending women's champion Serena Williams plays Tuesday.
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