Roger Federer ditches Nike for '$300m deal' with Uniqlo

"I don't remember any emotional match that the total time was two hours", added the 32-year-old Nadal. They are my initials.

Roger Federer opened his Wimbledon account in familiar fashion but it was one very noticeable difference that sent social media into a frenzy.

"Yeah, so the RF logo is with Nike at the moment, but it will come to me at some point", Federer said after Monday's 6-1, 6-3, 6-4 victory over Dusan Lajovic.

New look, same old dominance for Roger Federer at Wimbledon.

The Czech player, who won Wimbledon in 2011 and 2014, is a 9/2 favorite, while Muguruza is 7/1 to retain her title.

The 17-time Grand Slam champion, playing his first match on grass since an epic defeat to Gilles Muller a year ago, had little trouble against his Israeli opponent, needing just 1hr 50mins for a straight-sets win that sees him through to a second-round match with either Vasek Pospisil or Mikhail Kukushkin.

The 36-year-old Swiss might have won eight Wimbledon titles but conceded it was hard to keep his nerves under control.

Swiss tennis legend Roger Federer is still looking for a new shoe contract but says he has had interest from former sponsor Nike.

According to reports on US sports site ESPN, Uniqlo initially offered Federer $US21 million to wear its gear.

The 20-time Grand Slam victor sported the newly designed Uniqlo attire during his first match, winning in straight sets against Serbia's Dušan Lajović.

"I didn't want to give him an opportunity to come back to the match".

Second seed Caroline Wozniacki, who has never got to the quarter-finals at Wimbledon, built on her Eastbourne title at the weekend with a 59-minute, 6-0, 6-3 win over Varvara Lepchenko. However, they have not met at Wimbledon since, with Nadal failing to go past the fourth round of the competition for the past six years, albeit injury was mostly to blame.

Day 1 at the grass-court Grand Slam tournament featured some mild surprises, such as U.S. Open champion and French Open runner-up Sloane Stephens' third first-round exit in the past five majors, and losses by No. 5 Elina Svitolina and No. 6 Grigor Dimitrov (to three-time major champion Stan Wawrinka).

The second-seeded Nadal hadn't played a match since claiming his 11th French Open title last month, but showed little sign of rust as he cruised to victory against Sela.

Diatchenko stood her ground and leveled the match in a second tie-break of the evening, continuing to play catch-up in the decider as Sharapova broke serve in the third and seventh games. "For now, I will be wearing Nike". I have deep roots with Nike.

"And also mentally I have enough strength to be playing so many years".

  • Julie Sanders