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Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer in Rd 3 of Wimbledon 2017, Juan Martin Del Potro out

Novak Djokovic, the three-time champion, entered the third round of Wimbledon 2017 with a 6-2, 6-2, 6-1 win over Adam Pavlasek of Czech Republic. Djokovic will face Ernests Gulbis on Saturday for a place in the last 16.

tennis Updated: Jul 07, 2017 01:31 IST
Novak Djokovic entered the third round of the Wimbledon 2017 tournament with a dominant display against Adam Pavlasek.
Novak Djokovic entered the third round of the Wimbledon 2017 tournament with a dominant display against Adam Pavlasek.(AP)

Three-time champion Novak Djokovic reached the Wimbledon third round for the ninth successive year with a 6-2, 6-2, 6-1 win over Adam Pavlasek of the Czech Republic on Thursday.

Second seed Djokovic will face Ernests Gulbis on Saturday for a place in the last 16.

“It was the first match this year on Court One. It plays a little bit different from Centre Court, with all the construction,” Djokovic said after the second round encounter.

“It was a very warm day, it wasn’t easy to play point after point and some long rallies. In the second set, we had long games.

“But overall, from the very beginning I managed to impose my own rhythm and play the game I intended to play.

“I feel better as the days go by in Wimbledon. I have been in this particular situation before many times and I will try to use the experience, knowing what to do on a daily basis, to get myself in the right shape, right state of mind and hopefully the right performance.”

World number 136 Pavlasek was hoping to upset his childhood idol and record his best Grand Slam result by reaching the third round.

“I didn’t know much about him. I tried to get as much information as I could in the last 48 hours. It was a big occasion for him,” said Djokovic. “I’m sure he can play better than he did today but from my side it was all working well.”

Djokovic recorded his 234th Grand Slam match win in the opening round, taking sole occupancy of second place on the all-time list for most match wins at the four majors ahead of Jimmy Connors on 233.

In Tuesday’s first round match, his opponent Martin Klizan pulled out after 40 minutes on Centre Court due to a calf problem.

Switzerland's Roger Federer returns against Serbia's Dusan Lajovic during their men's singles second round match. (AFP)

Federer in Rd 3

Seven-time champion Roger Federer reached the Wimbledon third round for the 15th time on Thursday with a 7-6 (7/0), 6-3, 6-2 win over Dusan Lajovic of Serbia.

Third seeded Federer will face Germany’s Mischa Zverev for a place in the last-16.

“I struggled at the start and couldn’t find my rhythm,” said Federer who dropped his first service game to trail 2-0 to his 79th-ranked opponent.

“But once I got rid of the nerves I played some inspired stuff after that.”

Zverev defeated world number one Andy Murray at the Australian Open this year, but Federer has won both his meetings against the left-handed serve-and-volleyer this year, including on grass at Halle last month.

Del Potro loses

Latvian Ernests Gulbis deprived Wimbledon of a sequel to one of the best men’s singles matches in recent years when he knocked out Argentina’s Juan Martin del Potro.

A high-octane clash between Del Potro and three-times champion Novak Djokovic looked likely in the third round, stoking memories of their epic 2013 semi-final, but Latvian Gulbis had other ideas. He won 6-4, 6-4, 7-6(3).

Monfils wins

Frenchman Gael Monfils halted the British charge at Wimbledon with a straight-sets victory over home hope Kyle Edmund to reach the third round.

On a stifling Centre Court the 15th seed was pushed hard in the first set before 50th-ranked Edmund wilted in the heat and Monfils moved through 7-6(1) 6-4 6-4.