Royalty reigned supreme on Wimbledon's Centre Court on Wednesday as Federer produced a majestic performance for the watching Prince Charles.
While the giggles are gone and the gymnast's genes less evident, that hooked, looped, whipped, thumped forehand stole the show at Wimbledon on Wednesday as Kim Clijsters, on her valedictory tour, barged into the third round.
Defending champion Novak Djokovic displayed his liking for Wimbledon's roof again with a late night second round victory over American upstart Ryan Harrison on Wednesday.
Whether it was the swathes of empty seats to greet her arrival or her sluggish movement and frequently misdirected groundstrokes, there was little in Petra Kvitova's first round victory to suggest she was the defending Wimbledon champion.
Andy Murray made a ruthless start to his Wimbledon title bid by crushing experienced Russian Nikolay Davydenko 6-1 6-1 6-4 in the first round on a murky Centre Court on Tuesday.
Four-times champion Serena Williams made an excellent start to Wimbledon on Tuesday, coming through an athletic first-round match against Czech Barbora Zahlavova Strycova that was tougher than the 6-2 6-4 scoreline would suggest.
Nadal made a slow-burning start to his Wimbledon campaign on Tuesday, with the Spaniard caught cold by Bellucci before coming through 7-6 6-2 6-3.
Men's champion Novak Djokovic arrived on court with a golf club, Roger Federer with his own unique brand of magic and Maria Sharapova basking in a Parisian glow as Wimbledon's headline acts shone in the opening day sunshine on Monday.
China's Li Na advanced into the second round at Wimbledon with a 6-3, 6-1 victory over Ksenia Pervak of Kazakhstan on Monday.
With almost impeccable Swiss timing, Roger Federer has a last chance to fill the remaining spot in his bulging trophy cabinet on the court that witnessed the blooming of a tennis genius.
Rafa Nadal won a record seventh French Open title on Monday but that tells only half the story of a final which included Novak Djokovic's grand-slam dream.
Novak Djokovic and Rafa Nadal will have to come back to finish their French Open final after rain prevented a conclusion on Sunday with the match on a knife-edge.