Roger Federer Leaves Nike for Uniqlo

Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal could meet in the Wimbledon final

Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal could meet in the Wimbledon final

As Uniqlo doesn't yet manufacture trainers, Federer was still wearing Nike trainers for his first match of Wimbledon against Dusan Lajovic.

The only things unfamiliar about Federer were his clothes.

Roger Federer's long-term apparel deal with Nike is done.

Federer, who is 37 in August, won 6-1 6-3 6-4 against the world number 57.

Monday's other Centre Court matches see Australian Open champion Caroline Wozniacki face Varvara Lepchenko of the United States. But the defending champion caused an upset of sorts off the courts, as he walked in with his new Uniqlo kit, ending months of speculation over the end of his deal with Nike.

Having defeated Federer eight days earlier to claim the title in Halle, the 16th-seeded Croat had been scheduled for a third-round meeting with the reigning champion at the All England Club.

And the 20-time grand slam victor could probably get away without washing his new shirt, barely breaking into a sweat as he dispatched his Serbian opponent in double-quick time.

Wimbledon 2018 will be played from 2-15 July at the All England Club.

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"I think the way I play maybe also; I don't play so many rallies".

Also my technique. I play quite easy, so I don't make a huge effort in every single shot that I play.

The 36-year-old Swiss, seeded one, has been placed in the same half of the draw as in-form Croatian third seed Marin Cilic who he beat in last year's final.

But it was to be a familiar tale as the Swiss star began his quest for a record-extending ninth Wimbledon title in glorious sunshine with a crushing 6-1 6-3 6-4 victory over Lajovic to rally through to a second-round meeting against Lukas Lacko of Serbia or French qualifier Benjamin Bonzi.

His most recent contract with Nike expired in March, and he had been rumored to be considering a switch.

While Federer was in cruise control on Centre Court, three top American ladies were on the next three stadium courts.

This is only Williams' second major tournament in almost 1 1/2 years.

There seems to be little chance of any rain delays, with the forecast calling for sunny skies and temperatures of up to 86 degrees (30 C).

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