Wimbledon | Novak Djokovic advances after Martin Klizan injures himself in Round 1

Posted July 05, 2017

It was the kind of trouble-free first round Djokovic would have been hoping for after the most turbulent period of his career, the 12-time major victor losing in the Australian Open second round and the French Open quarter-finals.

The 35-year-old Federer, seeking a 19th Grand Slam title and bidding to become the oldest champion at the All England Club, played down the tag of favourite for a trophy he last lifted in 2012. "He would be laughing, joking and..."

Federer said: "I felt like there was a bit of a letdown from the crowd". She'll face Irina Falconi of the U.S.at Centre Court.

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Kerber, last year's runner-up, returns to Wimbledon as the top seed and reigning US Open champion, but the German's form has deserted her in 2017. "He's had to pull out of a lot of matches", Federer said.

Reacting to the peculiar turn of events, Djokovic said: "It's really odd that Roger's result and my result were more or less the same". That moved him one win ahead of Jimmy Connors for most victories in the grass-court major in the Open era, which began in 1968. Federer, an eight-time champion who followed on centre court and beat Alexandr Dolgopolov, leads the list with 315.

"I don't want to be at the mercy of my opponent".

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Federer, who hit his 10,000th career ace in the eighth game of the first set, will face either Dusan Lajovic for a place in the last 32. When I walked up, the chairman said, 'You guys should go and play for another set and a half.' I said, 'Yeah, let me go try to find Novak.' I found him in the locker room. I was quite confident with the foot. "I'm just happy I'm through the first round", Kerber said.

That painful tumble in Federer's semifinal defeat by Canadian Milos Raonic sparked a chain of events that many feared would end the Swiss great's storied career. I tried to focus on my game plan, I was serving well and when it mattered I made a break.

Five men have retired from the first round - on Monday, Victor Troicki quit after just 20 minutes.

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John Isner believes players should feel an obligation to complete matches if possible. If something is tweaked here or there and you feel like you can give it a decent go without hurting yourself, I think they should stay out there and I think you owe it to the fans. "I don't know who the first lucky loser was but he will have been looking out there and saying: 'I could have been playing on the Centre Court at Wimbledon'".