Roger Federer serves up flawless win over Lukas Lacko at Wimbledon

Milos Raonic

Milos Raonic

Roger Federer extended his flawless winning streak at Wimbledon to 26 consecutive sets as the defending champion crushed Lukas Lacko, while Serena Williams powered to her 16th successive win in Wednesday's second round action.

Serena Williams progressed into the third round with a dominant straight-set win over Bulgaria's Viktoriya Tomova.

Former world number one Mats Wilander believes the men's game could use a few more seismic shocks and thinks a reduction to 16 seeds from 32 next year could help. That match was briefly interrupted by a swarm of flying ants. "From my end I'm very happy".

The ninth-seeded American had struggled in the opening set of her first-round match with Johanna Larsson, but roared back to win.

"On certain days it goes better than others", Federer said.

"But it definitely took some getting used to and I'm pretty sure I fell a lot the first couple times I was hitting on it".

"It was better than the first round".

Keys, the runner-up to close friend Sloane Stephens at the US Open last year, made the quarter-finals at Wimbledon in 2015 but was knocked out in the second round last year by Simona Halep.

The No 9 seed, who is the oldest woman in the draw at 38, came back to beat 141st-ranked qualifier Alexandra Dulgheru of Romania 4-6, 6-0, 6-1 to reach the third round at the All England Club.

So far, the 23-year-old's serve has been clocked at 115 miles per hour (185km/h), seventh fastest in the women's singles with Venus Williams leading the way on 123mph (197km/h).

After the 36-year-old American won the 2017 Australian Open, five different players won the next five women's majors.

Halep, who moved easily into round two, said seeds were even more vulnerable at Wimbledon where players often arrive with little grasscourt practice. "I want to be here to focus on tennis, not eating bugs". If that's working for me I'm all for it. "If that's your best or not doesn't matter".

Karolina Pliskova advanced to the third round for the first time with a 6-3, 6-3 victory over Victoria Azarenka.

The Russian kept her cool, however, to hold serve and then break Wozniacki, winning 6-4 1-6 7-5.

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