Roger Federer is back in Grand Slam action – and back to his winning ways. (Also read: Milos Raonic up and running as Big Mac watches on) The owner of seven Wimbledon titles and 17 major championships overall did not exactly have an easy time of things but did beat 52nd-ranked Guido Pella of Argentina 7-6 (5), 7-6 (3), 6-3 on Monday in the first round at the All England Club. (Also read: Novak Djokovic thumps James Ward in first round) Federer missed the previous Grand Slam tournament, the French Open, withdrawing before it began last month because of a lingering back injury. That ended the 34-year-old Swiss star’s record streak of 65 consecutive appearances at majors.In the second round, Federer will face 772nd-ranked British qualifier Marcus Willis.
Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation Most would see the performance as a step in the wrongdirection, however, head coach Ken Whisenhunt believes apart of his team is actually improving. “We put the defense in a difficult position yesterday, butI really believe they played well,” Whisenhunt said. “Theydid a great job in the first half of responding to toughsituations and keeping the points down, so I believe thedefense is improving, it’s a good sign.” The defense did hold the Niners to only three field goalsin the first half, leaving the offense with just a 9-0hole to dig out of. Whisenhunt believed they didn’t climbout because of the lopsided time of possession.“They had it a long time, well five turnovers willcontribute to that,” Whisenhunt said. “Obviously ourdefense did a nice job early in the game, but when you putthem out there on the field that long they’ll get worndown and that what enables the other team to even havelonger drives.” Whisenhunt attributes the improvement to the playershaving more time in defensive coordinator Ray Horton’ssystem. “There’s no question they’re more comfortable with thescheme,” Whisenhunt said. “I think the communication ismuch better as far as making sure everybody is in theright gap, adjusting to the front there’s no question theplayers are getting a little chemistry with each other andsome of our younger players are starting to get it.” What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke And they’re back. The sloppy, mistake-ridden Cardinals fans have become usedto watching on Sundays have returned. The team that racked up two straight wins seemed to beM.I.A. Sunday against the 49ers. The Cardinals had five turnovers, allowed 431 yards ofoffense, only had the ball for just over 15 minutes thewhole game and even benched John Skelton for RichardBartel in the 23-7 loss to San Francisco. Comments Share Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right away Top Stories D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’