Wimbledon 2017: Novak Djokovic into 2nd round as Martin Klizan retires injured
Novak Djokovic, a three-time Wimbledon champion, had taken the first set 6-3 before Martin Klizan called the trainer on court to treat a leg injury. The former World No. 1 will take on Czech Adam Pavlasek in the next round.tennis Updated: Jul 04, 2017 23:08 IST
Novak Djokovic enjoyed the briefest of Wimbledon openings before booking his spot in the second round when opponent Martin Klizan retired through injury after the first set of their match on Tuesday.
Djokovic, a three-time Wimbledon champion, had taken the first set 6-3 before Klizan called the trainer on court to treat a leg injury.
The 47th-ranked Slovakian emerged for the second set, but was moving gingerly and was immediately broken by Djokovic, who then held to consolidate his lead before Klizan limped towards the umpire to pull out.
Second seed Djokovic, who is chasing a 13th grand slam title, came into Wimbledon after enduring a difficult year in which he relinquished his number one ranking as well as his grip on all four majors.
He will play Czech Adam Pavlasek in the next round.
Raonic, Del Potro also through to Round 2
Milos Raonic was back in the old routine as last year’s Wimbledon runner-up advanced to the second round with a 7-6 (7/5), 6-2, 7-6 (7/4) win against Jan-Lennard Struff on Tuesday.
Big-serving Raonic became the first Canadian man to make a Grand Slam final with his impressive Wimbledon run 12 months ago before losing the title match to Andy Murray.
The sixth seed made a business-like start to his bid to make a second major final, in the process extended German world number 53 Struff’s losing streak at Grand Slams to 10 matches.
Raonic, 26, will take on Russia’s Mikhail Youzhny for a place in the last 32.
Meanwhile, Argentina’s Juan Martin del Potro moved to within one victory of a potential Wimbledon rematch against Novak Djokovic on Tuesday, but would love to find his feet first.
The injury-prone Argentine slipped all over Court Two on Tuesday before he completed a 6-3, 3-6, 7-6 (7/2), 6-4 win over Thanasi Kokkinakis of Australia.
Del Potro’s reward is a second round clash against unpredictable Latvian Ernests Gulbis.
If he gets through that, the 28-year-old former US Open champion could face Djokovic four years after he lost to the Serb in the longest semi-final ever played at Wimbledon.
First Published: Jul 04, 2017 20:58 IST