Federer off to strong start in bid for first singles gold medal

Roger Federer of Switzerland celebrates his 6-3, 5-7, 6-3 victory over Alejandro Falla of Colombia at the All England Lawn Tennis Club in Wimbledon, London at the 2012 Summer Olympics,.

WIMBLEDON, England — Fourth-time Olympian Roger Federer overcame a jittery patch to win his opening match at the London Games, beating Alejandro Falla of Colombia 6-3, 5-7, 6-3.

Federer seeks his first singles medal, although he and Swiss teammate Stanislas Wawrinka did win the gold in doubles in 2008.

Back on his favorite stage Saturday, the top-ranked Federer was a point from victory in the second set, then lost three of his next four service games. But Federer was in fine form at the finish on the same Centre Court where he won Wimbledon for a record-tying seventh time less than three weeks earlier.

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