Roger Federer and Serena Williams both won their first-round singles matches on a day temperatures soared at Wimbledon.

 

Swiss top seed Federer, who is 37 in August, began his bid for a record-extending ninth men’s title with a 6-1 6-3 6-4 win over Serbia’s Dusan Lajovic.

 

American Williams, 36, battled blustery conditions to reach the second round with a 7-5 6-3 victory over Dutchwoman Arantxa Rus.

 

US Open champion Sloane Stephens and fifth seed Elina Svitolina were the biggest casualties on the opening day.

 

American Stephens lost 6-1 6-3 to world number 55 Donna Vekic of Croatia while Svitolina fell to Germany’s world number 57 Tatjana Maria 7-6 (7-3) 4-6 6-1. Five-time winner Venus Williams overcame a sluggish start to clinch a 6-7 (3-7) 6-2 6-1 victory over Sweden’s Johanna Larsson but second seed Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark only needed 59 minutes to beat American Varvara Lepchenko 6-0 6-3.

 

Stan Wawrinka, now ranked 224th because of injury, overcame sixth seed Grigor Dimitrov in four sets.

 

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