Strong start for Djokovic
A review of Tuesday's action in the men's singles at Wimbledon.
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Top seed Novak Djokovic made a solid start in his bid to win a second Wimbledon title as he cruised through on Centre Court.
The Serbian, the bookies' favourite to win in SW19, won 6-3 7-5 6-4 against Germany's Florian Mayer, the same player he beat in the quarter-finals last year.
Djokovic, now 26, was beaten by Roger Federer in the last four 12 months ago and subsequently lost his position at the top of the rankings to the Swiss, but he has since re-established himself on top of the world and had cause to be pleased by his start to his ninth Wimbledon.
Djokovic said: "It was a big pleasure again to perform here on Centre Court in front of a packed crowd. For the first round it was tricky because Florian Mayer is a very good opponent with a good quality and good variety of shots and I think he is well suited to grass, so it took a lot of effort.
"There are still a few things I would like to do better on the court. I could serve better. But generally my game is there of course. It's normal in the first round that I'm still trying to find my rhythm.''
Meanwhile David Ferrer was pushed hard in his Wimbledon opener but fellow big gun Tomas Berdych eased through in straight sets.
Fourth seed Ferrer was taken to four sets by Argentine Martin Alund on Centre Court and had to win a tight third set in order to fend off his dogged opponent.
A year after achieving his best Wimbledon result by reaching the quarter-finals, a 6-1 4-6 7-5 6-2 win over Alund was an unspectacular but successful start to Ferrer's campaign.
Ferrer, runner-up to Rafael Nadal at the recent French Open, seemed set to breeze through when he took the first set but Alund rallied in the second and only a late break in the third saw the Spaniard wrest control.
The world number four had few problems in the fourth set and he will face now another Spanish player, Roberto Bautista Agut, in the second round.
Berdych was a straight-sets winner, holding serve throughout his 6-3 6-4 6-4 victory over Martin Klizan.
The seventh seed, a runner-up at Wimbledon in 2010, broke once in each set as he wrapped up victory in an hour and 50 minutes on Court One.
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Former US Open champion Juan Martin Del Potro also got his campaign off to a strong start.
Possessing a big serve, one which he cranked up to 133mph at one stage, the Argentine appears to have a game well suited to grass but in the past he's struggled to make a major impact in SW19 and has yet to advance beyond the last 16.
However, he started his 2013 title bid well enough, easing past Spain's Albert Ramos 6-2 7-5 6-1.
Del Potro, who is the only man to break the strangehold of the 'Big Four' at the Grand Slams in the last eight years, broke his opponent's serve six tmes en route to a routine success.
Another of the high seeds, number nine Richard Gasquet, had to come from behind to take his place in round two.
The Frenchman, who reached the semis at Wimbledon back in 2007, dropped the opening set to Marcel Granollers.
However, he dug deep to battle back and record a 6-7 (2/7) 6-4 7-5 6-4 victory in a match which lasted almost three hours.
In one of the stand-out matches of the first round, Bernard Tomic defeated 21st seed Sam Querrey in a five-setter.
The Australian blew a two-set lead but stood firm in the decider to take it 6-3.
An ailing Tomic, needed medical assistance in the fourth set but was able to find enough reserves to battle through in the final set, breaking Querrey's big serve in the eighth game before serving out.
Veteran Tommy Haas set off on his 14th Wimbledon bid at the age of 35 with an impressive victory over Dmitry Tursunov.
The 2009 semi-finalist won 6-3 7-5 7-5 to notch his 100th victory at Grand Slam level.
Twelfth seed Kei Nishikori also made a strong start, dispatching Australian wild card Matthew Ebden 6-2 6-4 6-3, while rising star (and boyfriend of Maria Sharapova) Grigor Dimitrov won in straight sets.
Another player of whom much is expected, Milos Raonic, was a late-afternoon winner, but 16th seed Philipp Kohlschreiber headed for the exit door after quitting during the fifth set of his clash with Ivan Dodig.
A quarter-finalist 12 months ago, Kohlschreiber lost the first two sets but the Croatian fought back and led 2-1 in the decider when the German threw in the towel.
He explained afterwards: "I'm totally exhausted. In the last two or three days I was almost entirely in bed. I have had flu and felt like my body was pretty bad."
Gilles Simon was another seed to fall, suffering a repeat of Saturday's Eastbourne final defeat to Feliciano Lopez.
The Spaniard also has a decent record on the Wimbledon grass so his straight-sets win was hardly unexpected.
- In the men's doubles there was a good win for Briton Ken Skupski and his Belgian partner Xavier Malisse.
The pair beat the Russian duo of Evgeny Donskoy and Andrey Kuznetsov 7-6 (7/5) 6-7 (4/7) 6-0 6-1.