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Federer eases into Wimbledon third round

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  • Roger Federer eases to a straight-sets win over Guillermo Garcia-Lopez
  • The Swiss maintains his bid to win a sixth men's title at Wimbledon
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(CNN) -- World number two Roger Federer set down an ominous marker for his opponents at Wimbledon by easing to a 6-2, 6-2, 6-4 straight sets victory against Spain's Guillermo Garcia-Lopez.

Roger Federer serves during his Wednesday match against Guillermo Garcia-Lopez.

Roger Federer serves during his Wednesday match against Guillermo Garcia-Lopez.

The result achieved on Centre Court took the Swiss' career tally to 35 straight-sets win recorded at the All England Club, a grand slam he has won five times.

The 42-in-the-world Garcia-Lopez was thrashed within 90 minutes in a demonstration of strength by the unflustered former champion.

The 27-year-old Federer broke twice in the first and second sets before winning against serve in game four of the third to eventually take the match and set up a third-round clash with Germany's Phillip Kohlschreiber.

Kohlschreiber was made to work hard to get past Czech Ivo Minar, eventually coming out on top 6-4 3-6 4-6 6-2 8-6 after a grueling five set test.

Elsewhere, Novak Djokovic stayed on course to meet Federer in the semifinals stage dispatching German qualifier Simon Greul 7-5, 6-1, 6-4.

Greul, 28, who had never won a single match on grass before last week's qualifying for Wimbledon played some attacking tennis but was eventually overcome by the class of the big-serving Serb.

The fourth seed will go on to face American Mardy Fish who defeated Janko Tipsarevic 6-4 3-6 6-1 6-4 in his second-round tie.

Other results from the third day's play at the London-based tournament saw Israel's Dudi Sela triumph over Germany's Rainer Schuettler 7-6 (7/3), 6-3, 6-2. while nine seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of France was handed a bye to the last 32 of the competition when Simone Bolelli pulled out with a back injury.

Spain's Tommy Robredo, seeded 15 for the event knocked out Stefan Koubek of Austria with a 3-6, 4-6, 6-4, 7-6 (7/5), 6-1 win, while Spain's Fernando Verdasco progressed at the expense of Belgium's Kristof Vliegen.

The win proved harder than the headline suggests with three of the four sets going to a tie-break - 7-6 (7/3), 6-7 (3/7), 7-6 (7/4), 6-4.

Finally, Verdasco's compatriot Albert Montanes conquered Guillermo Canas of Argentina.

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