By Sonya Magett, EnStarz | Jul 28, 2012 10:02 AM EDT
Roger Federer beat Alejandro Falla in the first round on Day 1 of the London Games today.
The Grand Slam title-winning Swiss athlete beat Falla of Colombia, 6-3, 5-7, 6-3 on Centre Court where he won his last Wimbledon title, his 17th just 3 weeks ago. He has just secured his place for the second round, getting closer to winning his first single gold medal.
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Federer, 30, re-earned the world's number one ranking again after he won his 17th Grand Slam win at Wimbledon three weeks ago. When he played doubles with Swiss player Stanislas Wawrinka at the Beijing Games in 2008, the pair earned the Olympic gold. Like women's tennis player Serena Williams, Federer is seeking to earn his first singles gold medal.
Falla, 28, has competed with Federer before- he went five sets with the Swiss athlete in Wimbledon in 2010 before losing in the first round.
"I'm going to have to play my best tennis if I am going to have a chance to win, but he's Roger and he's just won Wimbledon for the seventh time here," said Falla according to The Washington Post.
Falla was recentlly ranked number 48 of the top men's tennis players in the world. He won Wimbledon in 2008 when he beat Nikolay Davydenko after four sets.
The London Games began July 27th and ends on August 12.
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