| LONDON, July 28
LONDON, July 28 World number one Roger Federer
survived a scare in his opening Olympics singles match against
Colombia's Alejandro Falla before prevailing 6-3 5-7 6-3 on
Wimbledon's grass courts to book his place in the second round
The 17-time grand slam winner and top seed, seeking his
first singles gold medal, was leading 6-3 5-3 and had three
match points but then out of the blue crumbled, hitting shot
after shot into the net which helped Falla fight back to force a
Normal service appeared to be resumed on Centre Court at the
start of the third set, as the Swiss broke his opponent in the
opening game. But the world number 51 swiftly broke back to
level at 2-2.
Federer, who won a record-equalling seventh Wimbledon title
earlier this month, broke again to go 4-3 up, then held serve to
force Falla to serve to stay in the match for a second time.
Federer seized his opportunity though and secured victory
when Falla hit a shot wide.
(Reporting by Kylie MacLellan, editing by Justin Palmer)