Fulfilling the ceremonial role of striding out to open the action on Centre Court, the 17-times grand slam champion was in no mood for hanging around as he began his bid for a record eighth Wimbledon title with a 6-3, 6-2, 6-0 romp.
It took 68 minutes for Federer to book his place in the second round.
“I’m happy to get out of there early and quickly,” said the Swiss. “So it was a perfect day.”
Elsewhere, Serbia’s 14th seed Janko Tipsarevic lost to a familiar face as he bowed out early, with Davis Cup team-mate Victor Troicki taking his scalp, earning a 6-3, 6-4, 7-6 (7/5) win.
Giant Pole Jerzy Janowicz proved why he is being tipped to mount a semi-final challenge as he crushed British debutant Kyle Edmund 6-2, 6-2, 6-4, and sixth-seeded Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of France eased into the second round with a 7-6 (4), 6-4, 6-3 win over David Goffin of Belgium.