Federer, Djokovic get free passes at Wimbledon

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"I tried to focus on my game plan, I was serving well and when it mattered I made a break", said Djokovic, who is aiming to win a first Grand Slam title since last year's French Open.

This was Djokovic's first grand slam match since his shocking capitulation to Dominic Thiem in the quarter-finals of the French Open. In terms of personal accolades, Federer moved past 10,000 career aces to become the third player with over ten thousand aces; he trails Ivo Karlovic and now-retired Goran Ivanisevic in the list. Federer won his record 85th match at Wimbledon.

'Obviously I was not playing too numerous events in the week prior to the beginning of the Grand Slam in my career, but I made a decision to do so this time because I felt like I needed more matches in general.

It will be a big ask for Dolgopolov as fatigue and injury may play a factor if he goes to four or five sets further stacking the odds against the Ukrainian.

Angelique Kerber, the 2016 runner-up to Serena Williams, has endured a poor Slam season, losing in the fourth round at the Australian Open and then suffering a first round loss at Roland Garros to Ekaterina Makarova.

Davis Cupper Ramkumar Ramanathan battled past Alexander Kudryatsev of Russian Federation 4-6, 6-2, 6-3 in the first round of the €43,000 Challenger tennis tournament in Recanti, Italy, on Tuesday. "I'm happy with how that got better".

For players with pre-existing injuries, the temptation to take to the court knowing victory, or even completing the match, is unlikely is all too great. If I know it's a risk for my body, I don't go there to just step on court.

Women's world No 1 Kerber was runner-up a year ago and, in the absence of defending champion Serena Williams, the German has the honour of starting the action when she faces America's Irina Falconi before Djokovic takes to the lawns.

"I wasn't there with my mental state to perform", Tomic said.

Interesting match-up between Argentine 29th seed Juan Martin del Potro, the 2009 US Open champion, and Australia's Thanasi Kokkinakis.

In other important clashes, Canada's Milos Raonic defeated Germany's Jan-Lennard Struff in straight sets, 7-6, 6-2, 7-6. The Umpire hastily declares "Game-Set-Match Federer", before taking his jacket off and rushing to another court to play the brilliant shots he just saw Roger making.

In the women's draw, Karolina Pliskova underlined why she is the bookmakers' favourite to win Wimbledon as the world number three crushed Evgeniya Rodina 6-1, 6-4.

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