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Raonic’s rocket helps him through, Ferrer bundled out

Milos Raonic tripped the speed gun at 142mph, equalling the delivery served down by Australian Sam Groth in round one

Milos Raonic equalled the fastest serve seen at Wimbledon this year as the Canadian sixth seed blasted past Italian Andreas Seppi 7-6(5) 6-4 6-2 to reach the third round on Thursday.

Raonic, under the watchful gaze of three-time champion John McEnroe during the grass court season, tripped the speed gun at 142mph, equalling the delivery served down by Australian Sam Groth in round one.

The fastest serve ever recorded at the All England Club was hit at 148mph by American Taylor Dent six years ago.

Raonic will take on American Jack Sock next.

David Ferrer meanwhile became the highest-ranked casualty so far in the Wimbledon men’s singles when French serve and volleyer Nicolas Mahut overpowered him 6-1 6-4 6-3.

The 13th-seeded Spaniard has suffered a drop in form this year, and never looked capable of turning things around against his fellow 34-year-old.

Mahut, whose career includes three grass court titles, had never beaten a Spaniard at a grand slam before meeting Ferrer, but quickly took charge, reeling off six straight games after Ferrer had struggled to hold his opening serve.

Ferrer, a quarter-finalist in 2012 and 2013, broke back after slipping behind in the second set but dropped serve at 4-4 allowing Mahut to hold serve for a two-set lead.

There was no way back after that for the former French Open finalist who dropped out of the world’s top 10 for the first time in nearly six years in May.

Mahut, part of Wimbledon folklore after losing to American John Isner in the longest match in tennis history in 2010 – an 11 hour five minute epic – will play fellow Frenchman Pierre-Hugues Herbert in round three.

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