Top-seeded Djokovic, who is trying to become the first man to retain the title since Federer in 2007, defeated American Ryan Harrison 6-4, 6-4, 6-4 under a closed roof on Centre Court last night. Six-time winner Federer, seeded third, beat Fabio Fognini of Italy 6-1, 6-3, 6-2.
“It was great to be under the roof once again,” Djokovic said in a news conference. “It is quite different. It was a spectacular match from a player’s point of view.”
Djokovic, 25, started the year by winning the Australian Open and then finished runner-up at Roland Garros to Rafael Nadal. The Serb, whose victories in 10 tournaments last year gave him record earnings of $12.6 million, is trying to win his sixth Grand Slam title. Harrison, 20, was trying to reach the third round of a major for the first time.
Earlier on Wimbledon’s main court, Federer won 90 percent of the points against Fognini when his first serve went in and never faced a break point. Federer, the winner of a record 16 men’s singles Grand Slam titles, has made the third round of every major since a first-round loss at the 2003 French Open.
The 30-year-old Swiss is attempting to tie William Renshaw and Pete Sampras with a record seven men’s singles titles at the All England Club. He’s won four events this year, maintaining his record of winning at least one tournament annually since his first tour-level title at Milan in 2001.
“I was serving well,” Federer told reporters. “You’re not going to get many chances throughout a set against me when I’m serving well like that and able to vary with my serve.”
Federer’s victory was watched by the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall. It was the first time since 1970 that Prince Charles has attended play at the All England Club, although his wife attended last year.
The second-round women’s match between top-seeded Maria Sharapova of Russia and Tsvetana Pironkova of Bulgaria was suspended because of bad light and will resume today with Sharapova leading 7-6 (7-3), 3-1. Men’s No. 2 seed Nadal of Spain and fourth-seeded Andy Murray of Britain are scheduled to play second-round matches today, while Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic continues her defense of the women’s title.
Several matches were halted yesterday because of steady drizzle and bad light. The Centre Court roof was closed for the first time this year, allowing Tamira Paszek of Austria to beat Wozniacki 5-7, 7-6 (7-4), 6-4 in a first-round match lasting 3 hours, 12 minutes.
Wozniacki’s loss to Paszek was the former top-ranked player’s only opening-round Grand Slam exit since the Dane made her major tournament debut at the 2007 French Open.
“It’s not a nice feeling,” said Wozniacki, who squandered two match points. “It wasn’t because I played badly. She just went for it.”
U.S. Open champion Stosur, the No. 5 seed, was upset 6-2, 0-6, 6-4 in a second-round match by Aranxta Rus of the Netherlands. Stosur’s loss means no Australian will reach the Wimbledon third round in either singles draw, the country’s worst result since tennis turned professional in 1968.
In another upset, former French Open champion Li, the No. 11 seed from China, was beaten 6-3, 6-4 by Sorana Cirstea of Romania. No. 3 seed Agnieskza Radwanska of Poland defeated Russian Elena Vesnina 6-2, 6-1.
Kim Clijsters, a four-time Grand Slam winner, beat Andrea Hlavackova of the Czech Republic 6-3, 6-3. Italy’s Sara Errani defeated Coco Vandeweghe of the U.S. in a first-round match that was halted the night before on match point. Errani, who lost the final of the French Open, won 6-1, 6-3 on a Vandeweghe double fault when the women returned to the court yesterday.
Men’s No. 7 seed David Ferrer of Spain defeated Germany’s Dustin Brown, and eighth-seeded Janko Tipsarevic of Serbia beat Ryan Sweeting of the U.S. Federer’s Davis Cup teammate Stanislas Wawrinka, seeded 25th, lost to Jurgen Melzer of Austria in a five-set match that began two days ago.
American Andy Roddick, seeded 30th, beat British wild-card entrant Jamie Baker in a first-round match played over two days because of rain delays. Roddick, a three-time finalist at the All England Club, faces Germany’s Bjorn Phau today in the second round.
“You just go play,” Roddick told reporters. “They tell you to go play, you go play. You can’t really stress about what’s out of your control. I’ve done it a million times.”
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