Federer Rallies from 2 Sets Down for Wimbledon Win

Roger Federer‘s bid for a seventh Wimbledon title got off to a rocky start on Monday, as the Swiss top seed and defending champion had to come from behind against unseeded Colombian Alejandro Falla on the first day at the All England Club.

Federer lost the first two sets 5-7, 4-6, but racked up the final three sets, 6-4, 7-6, 6-0, to complete the big comeback and avoid what might have been one of the biggest upsets in the history of the tournament.

Falla, ranked 60th in the world, had not won a single set against Federer in their previous meetings, but started off as if he was the one trying to tie Pete Sampras’ record of seven Wimbledon titles. After dropping the third set, Falla had the chance to send shockwaves to the tennis world when he served for the match at 5-4. However, nerves got the better of the Colombian as he committed one unforced error after another to hand Federer the set. It was all Federer in the final set, which ended with the Swiss ace firing a winner.

Meanwhile, on the women’s side, former world No. 1 Kim Clijsters breezed through her first match at Wimbledon since 2006, crashing Italy’s Maria Elena Camerin, 6-0, 6-3.