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Roger Federer of Switzerland smashes a ball to Damir Dzumhur of Bosnia during the singles first round match at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships in Wimbledon, London, Tuesday June 30, 2015. (AP Photo/Tim Ireland)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 29: Kei Nishikori of Japan in action in his Gentlemen’s Singles first round match against Simone Bolelli of Italy during day one of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on June 29, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
Maria Sharapova of Russia serves to Johanna Konta of Britain during the women's singles first round match at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships in Wimbledon, London, Monday June 29, 2015. (AP Photo/Tim Ireland)
Britain's Andy Murray serves against Kazakhstan's Mikhail Kukushkin during their men's singles first round match on day two of the 2015 Wimbledon Championships at The All England Tennis Club in Wimbledon, southwest London, on June 30, 2015. Murray won 6-4, 7-6, 6-4. RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE -- AFP PHOTO / LEON NEAL (Photo credit should read LEON NEAL/AFP/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 29: Serena Williams of the United States reacts in her Ladies’s Singles first round match against Margarita Gasparyan of Russia during day one of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on June 29, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
Spectators watch the singles first round match between as Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of France and Gilles Muller of Luxembourg at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships in Wimbledon, London, Tuesday June 30, 2015. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 30: A member of ground staff updates a fixtures board on day two of Wimbledon tennis tournament on June 30, 2015 in London, England. The 129th tournament to be hosted at Wimbledon is due to run for two weeks from Monday 29th June. (Photo by Carl Court/Getty Images)
Spectators walk around the grounds during the second day of play at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships in Wimbledon, London, Tuesday June 30, 2015. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 30: Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark in action in her Ladies Singles first round match against Saisai Zheng of China during day two of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on June 30, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
Alize Cornet of France plays a return to Ana Konjuh of Croatia during their women's singles first round match at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships in Wimbledon, London, Tuesday June 30, 2015. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 30: Andy Murray of Great Britain reacts in his Gentlemens Singles first round match against Mikhail Kukushkin of Kazakhstan during day two of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on June 30, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 30: Andy Murray of Great Britain serves in his Gentlemens Singles first round match against Mikhail Kukushkin of Kazakhstan during day two of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on June 30, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
Spain's Rafael Nadal serves to Brazil's Thomaz Bellucci during their men's singles first round match on day two of the 2015 Wimbledon Championships at The All England Tennis Club in Wimbledon, southwest London, on June 30, 2015. RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE -- AFP PHOTO / ADRIAN DENNIS (Photo credit should read ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP/Getty Images)
A spectator shelters from the sun on Centre Court during the singles first round match between Roger Federer of Switzerland and Damir Dzumhur of Bosnia at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships in Wimbledon, London, Tuesday June 30, 2015. (AP Photo/Tim Ireland)
Spectators sit on "Murray Mount" and watch a big screen during the second day of play at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships in Wimbledon, London, Tuesday June 30, 2015. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 30: A spectator peers through a fence to watch a match on day two of Wimbledon tennis tournament on June 30, 2015 in London, England. The 129th tournament to be hosted at Wimbledon is due to run for two weeks from Monday 29th June. (Photo by Carl Court/Getty Images)
Simona Halep of Romania watches the ball during the singles first round match against Jana Cepelova of Slovakia at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships in Wimbledon, London, Tuesday, June 30, 2015. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 29: Maria Sharapova of Russia serves in her Ladie'’s Singles first round match against Johanna Konta of Great Britain during day one of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on June 29, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 30: Sachia Vickery of the United States in action in her Ladies Singles first round match against Ekaterina Makarova of Russia during day two of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on June 30, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)
Roger Federer of Switzerland smashes a ball to Damir Dzumhur of Bosnia during the singles first round match at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships in Wimbledon, London, Tuesday June 30, 2015. (AP Photo/Tim Ireland)
Britain's Heather Watson reacts during her women's singles first round match against France's Caroline Garcia on day two of the 2015 Wimbledon Championships at The All England Tennis Club in Wimbledon, southwest London, on June 30, 2015. Watson won 1-6, 6-3, 8-6. RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE -- AFP PHOTO / ADRIAN DENNIS (Photo credit should read ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 29: Novak Djokovic of Serbia reacts after winning his Gentlemen’s Singles first round match against Philipp Kohlschreiber of Germany during day one of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on June 29, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 30: Feliciano Lopez of Spain cools down in his Gentlemens Singles first round match against Steve Darcis of Belgium during day two of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on June 30, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 30: Fans cheer as Andy Murray of Great Britain plays Mikhail Kukushkin of Kazakhstan in their gentlemen's first round singles match on day two of Wimbledon tennis tournament on June 30, 2015 in London, England. The 129th tournament to be hosted at Wimbledon is due to run for two weeks from Monday 29th June. (Photo by Carl Court/Getty Images)
Spectators fan themselves as they watch the action on day two of the 2015 Wimbledon Championships at The All England Tennis Club in Wimbledon, southwest London, on June 30, 2015. RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE -- AFP PHOTO / GLYN KIRK (Photo credit should read GLYN KIRK/AFP/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 30: Andy Murray of Great Britain plays a backhand in his Gentlemen's Singles first round match against Mikhail Kukushkin of Kazakhstan during day two of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on June 30, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
US player Serena Williams returns against Russia's Margarita Gasparyan during their women's singles first round match on day one of the 2015 Wimbledon Championships at The All England Tennis Club in Wimbledon, southwest London, on June 29, 2015. RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE -- AFP PHOTO / LEON NEAL (Photo credit should read LEON NEAL/AFP/Getty Images)
Roger Federer of Switzerland celebrates after defeating Damir Dzumhur of Bosnia in the singles first round match at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships in Wimbledon, London, Tuesday June 30, 2015. Federer won the match 6-3, 6-3, 6-3. (AP Photo/Tim Ireland)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 30: Heather Watson (L) of Great Britain shakes hands with her opponent after winning her Ladies Singles first round match against Caroline Garcia of France during day two of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on June 30, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)
Slovenia's Polona Hercog serves against US player Lauren Davis during their women's singles first round match on day one of the 2015 Wimbledon Championships at The All England Tennis Club in Wimbledon, southwest London, on June 29, 2015. RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE -- AFP PHOTO / LEON NEAL (Photo credit should read LEON NEAL/AFP/Getty Images)
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When Roger Federer's game flows at Wimbledon and his opponent knows his place you half expect him to slide into a deckchair at changeovers, pour cream on to some strawberries and tuck in.

It was like that on Centre Court on Tuesday as the King of Cool began his quest for an eighth title at the All England Club with a nonchalant dismantling of Bosnia's Damir Dzumhur.

With the mercury soaring into the high 80s Fahrenheit as London prepares for a heatwave, spectators were spared the full glare of the mid-afternoon sun thanks to the welcome shade offered by the partly-extended roof.

For 88th-ranked Dzumhur there was no escape from the dazzling shot-making of the Swiss maestro who won 6-1 6-3 6-3.

It was a similar story earlier as reigning women's champion Petra Kvitova scorched the grass with some searing serves in a 35-minute demolition of Dutchwoman Kiki Bertens.

She dropped only one point on serve in a commanding first-round show of force that augurs well for her chances of repeating her title charge of 12 months ago when she blew Eugenie Bouchard away in a one-sided final.

German 10th seed Angelique Kerber also caught fire, thrashing compatriot Carina Witthoeft 6-0 6-0 to record the third so-called 'double bagel' in the women's singles so far, the most since 1996.

It was not all one-way traffic for fancied players though.

Third seed Simona Halep checked out 5-7 6-4 6-3 in round one against 106th-ranked Slovakian Jana Cepelova to become the highest-profile casualty so far.

Last year's runner-up Bouchard's fall from grace continued as she was bundled out by China's Duan Yingying.

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By contrast, all of the top 16 men's seeds are still alive.

Britain's number three seed Andy Murray had some tricky moments before overcoming Kazakh Mikhail Kukushkin 6-4 7-6(3) 6-4 -- dropping serve three times in the second set.

Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, who 2013 champion Murray could play in the last 16, needed five sets to scramble past Luxembourg leftie Gilles Muller.

With umbrellas popping up around the grounds, for shade not falling raindrops, London's hottest day of the year so far seemed to agree with Spain's twice former champion Rafa Nadal.

Lurking in the draw as 10th seed after a poor year, the 29-year-old bludgeoned Brazil's Thomaz Bellucci 6-4 6-2 6-4.

World number two Federer, starting his 63rd consecutive grand slam, which he firmly believes can deliver a long-awaited 18th title, was given carte blanche to go through his exquisite repertoire against the willing Dzumhur -- a player whose first tennis shots were forged in bomb-ravaged Sarajevo.

The 23-year-old Dzumhur pushed Federer harder at the French Open this year, but looked like he had turned up uninvited to a Federer garden party on the world's most famous lawn at times.

He at least finally made Federer sweat, but not much as the free-swinging Swiss fired off graceful winners and raced through service games in the blink of an eye.

"I'm sure in some crazy way he's also enjoying himself, he can look back and say I played on Centre," Federer, who has earned $90 million in prize money compared to the $500,000 banked by his opponent, told reporters.

NADAL IMPROVING

Nadal supporters insist that but for injuries he would already have matched Federer's grand slam haul rather than be three short, though they would struggle to argue that their man makes winning look as easy as his great rival.

But there were hints on Tuesday against Bellucci that Nadal is returning to the kind of form that saw him beat Federer in an epic 2008 final and then regain the title in 2010.

"For me the conditions were great. It's difficult to think about a better day to play tennis here in Wimbledon," said the Spaniard.

He was not getting carried away though, especially with several early blow-outs at Wimbledon fresh in the memory.

"Second round, that's all," said Nadal, who next plays Germany's dreadlocked Dustin Brown who once beat him on grass.

"I am a little bit more confident now than I was a few months ago. Obviously victories help."

(Editing by Ken Ferris)

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