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Roger Federer Beats Alejandro Falla In Opening London Olympics Match

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Roger Federer of Switzerland celebrates after defeating Alejandro Falla of Colombia during their Men's Singles Tennis match on Day 1 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club in Wimbledon on July 28, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
Roger Federer of Switzerland celebrates after defeating Alejandro Falla of Colombia during their Men's Singles Tennis match on Day 1 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club in Wimbledon on July 28, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

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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