Djokovic, Federer Cruise into Next Round


World number one Novak Djokovic remains on course to defend his Wimbledon title after beating Adrian Mannarino in straight sets to reach round three.

The 29-year-old Serb has now won 30 successive Grand Slam matches and currently holds all four titles.
“I do have a lot of expectation of myself, but I’m very grateful that I can play at such a high level consistently,” Djokovic told BBC Sport.

“Grand Slams are what matter the most in our sport. The future is something we can’t predict but certainly I will continue playing with lots of passion and see how it goes.”

Mannarino, 28, was broken just once in the first set, and it came following a successful Djokovic challenge that allowed him back into the game after his forehand was called long.

Djokovic then won five games in a row to take the first set and establish a three-game advantage in the second.
World number 77 Mannarino had five break point opportunities at 1-1 in the third, only for Djokovic to recover on each occasion and take the set on a tie break.

In a related development, British qualifier Marcus Willis’ remarkable Wimbledon run came to an end with defeat by seven-time champion Roger Federer on Centre Court.

Willis, the world number 772 who came through six rounds of qualifying and the first-round proper, was beaten 6-0 6-3 6-4 in round two.

Third seed Federer could play another Briton next as he awaits either Dan Evans or Ukraine’s Alexandr Dolgopolov.
Willis, 25, will take home £50,000 as reward for making the second round.

He had previously earned far more as a tennis coach than player this year, with around £220 in prize money to his name before a spectacular upturn in fortunes over the last two weeks.

The British number 23 from Wokingham is also set to rise to around 416 in the world when the new rankings are confirmed after Wimbledon.

Willis was in danger of suffering a humiliating defeat when he lost the first seven games, but he gathered himself sufficiently to test Federer.

Marcus Willis: “It is daunting. It is tough. I was playing alright at first, I settled into the match. I was enjoying it out there. If I was playing well and competing with Roger for a couple of sets I was doing well.
“I need to keep my head down. I am disappointed to lose. I didn’t play as well as I could but I can hold my head high. I have had a fantastic couple of weeks. I will keep going and do what I have been doing. There is life after Wimbledon and I want more experiences like this.

Earlier in the day, 10th seed Tomas Berdych progressed to round two with victory in four sets over Ivan Dodig.
The Czech won 7-6 (7-5) 5-7 6-1 7-6 (7-2) in three hours 24 minutes against the 31-year-old Croat.

Dodig, ranked 76th, fired 18 aces, but Berdych, a Wimbledon runner-up in 2010, broke serve seven times.
Berdych, 30, will now face Benjamin Becker in the second round after the German’s straight-set victory over Facundo Bagnis on Tuesday.

Bernard Tomic and Fernando Verdasco also returned on Wednesday to complete their first-round tie, with the Australian winning in five sets.

Tomic, the 19th seed, lost the first set but recovered to win 4-6 6-3 6-3 3-6 6-4 and will face the winner of the match between Gastao Elias and Radu Albot.

Eighth seed Dominic Thiem is another to reach the second round, he saw off Germany’s Florian Mayer 7-5 6-4 6-4 in one hour and 36 minutes.

The 22-year-old Austrian will face Czech Jiri Vesely next.