London: Roger Federer began his campaign for an eighth Wimbledon title with a confident 6-1, 6-1, 6-3 win over Italy`s Paolo Lorenzi on Tuesday.
The fourth-seeded, 17-time major winner goes on to face either Luxembourg qualifier Gilles Muller or Julien Benneteau of France for a place in the last 32.
Defeat for Lorenzi meant the 32-year-old has still to win a match at a Grand Slam in 11 years and his record at the majors of no wins and 13 losses is the second worst in history.
Federer came into the tournament buoyed by a seventh Halle grasscourt crown last week, but lost to Ukraine`s Sergiy Stakhovksy in the second round 12 months ago. That was his earliest defeat at the tournament since 2002.
The Swiss took victory on a sixth match point having fired nine aces and 36 winners.
"It`s always good to win the first round because the court can be slippery sometimes," he said.