Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Big Net Gain Is Boost for Ana

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Big Net Gain Is Boost for Ana

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TOP SEED and world No 1 Ana Ivanovic insists she will bound into the Wimbledon third round with renewed confidence after her lucky escape against Nathalie Dechy on Court One.

French Open champion Ivanovic triumphed 6-7 (2/7) 7-6 (7/3) 10-8 in a match lasting almost three and a half hours - but only after surviving with an outrageous net cord when she faced one of two match points in the second set.

The Serbian considered herself fortunate to squeeze past the world No 97 but admitted: "Being able to get through this, as a learning experience has made me feel good.

"What helped me win was fighting spirit, because she was playing well and my serve did not work so good.

"I was making unforced errors which I had not done in my previous matches."

Meanwhile, Roger Federer motors on down the road to history and that sixth consecutive Wimbledon title.

Not only was he close to his dominant best as he dispatched Sweden's Robin Soderling 6-3 6-4 7-6 (7/3) to take his place in the third round, but he also saw one of tennis's major traffic cones removed from his route. …

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