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Federer, Murray, Nadal roll in Wimbledon openers

Federer, Murray, Nadal roll in Wimbledon openers
Swiss Roger Federer returns the ball in his match against Bosnia's Damir Dzumhur on day two of the 2015 Wimbledon championships, London on June 30 2015. Federer won the match 6-1, 6-3, 6-3. Photo by Hugo Philpott/UPI | License Photo

Seven-time champion Roger Federer, former titlist Andy Murray and two-time champ Rafael Nadal were a trio of opening-round winners on a steamy Tuesday at Wimbledon.

The second-seeded former world No. 1 great Federer flattened Bosnian Damir Dzumhur 6-1, 6-3, 6-3 on Centre Court at the All England Club.

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Federer made a surprising admission when asked what it felt like walking on to a court that is considered to be his second home.

"It's nerves," the 33-year-old said while drenched in sweat after playing in 90-degree weather.

"It's exciting. But after all, it's a privilege to be there. I was trying to think how many times I've played there now. I don't know. I know it's been often. Still every time it feels like it's a special occasion, for sure."

The 17-time Grand Slam king Federer has reached nine finals at The Championships and is seeking a men's-record eighth title here. He lost to Novak Djokovic in a dramatic five-set final a year ago.

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Meanwhile, the third-seeded 2013 Wimbledon champ Murray defeated Kazakhstan's Mikhail Kukushkin 6-4, 7-6 (7-3), 6-4 and the 10th-seeded former No. 1 Nadal handled Brazilian fellow left-handier Thomaz Bellucci 6-4, 6-2, 6-4.

Murray was also a runner-up here to Federer in 2012.

The 14-time Grand Slam titlist Nadal is 2-3 in Wimbledon finals, including a victory over Federer in the 2008 title tilt -- one of the greatest matches in the history of the sport.

Twelfth-seeded Frenchman Gilles Simon erased Spaniard Nicolas Almagro 6-4, 6-4, 7-5, while 13th-seeded French star Jo-Wilfried Tsonga needed just under four hours to outlast Luxembourg left-hander Gilles Muller 7-6 (10-8), 6-7 (3-7), 6-4, 3-6, 6-2, 15th-seeded Spanish southpaw Feliciano Lopez topped Belgian Steve Darcis 6-2, 7-6 (7-4), 6-2, and 18th-seeded Frenchman Gael Monfils grounded Spaniard Pablo Carreno Busta 6-4, 6-4, 7-5.

In other action involving seeds, No. 20 Spaniard Roberto Bautista Agut got past Belgian Ruben Bemelmans 6-1, 6-3, 7-6 (8-6); No. 22 Serb Viktor Troicki bested Kazakhstan's Aleksandr Nedovyesov 6-1, 6-4, 3-6, 6-3; No. 23 Croat Ivo Karlovic slammed 42 aces in topping Swede Elias Ymer 6-7 (2-7), 6-2, 6-4, 7-6 (7-2); No. 25 Italian Andreas Seppi whipped Aussie Brydan Klein 6-3, 6-2, 6-2; Pablo Andujar knocked out No. 29 fellow Spaniard Guillermo Garcia-Lopez 3-6, 6-4, 3-6, 7-5, 6-4; No. 30 Italian Fabio Fognini foiled American Tim Smyczek 6-4, 6-3, 6-2; and Aussie Sam Groth dismissed No. 31 American Jack Sock 6-3, 3-6, 6-3, 6-3 at this grass-court fortnight.

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