dglobalnews.com Wimbledon 2017: Key clashes to watch out for on Day 2
Published: Wed, July 05, 2017
Sports | By Jeannette Edwards

Wimbledon 2017: Key clashes to watch out for on Day 2

Wimbledon 2017: Key clashes to watch out for on Day 2

After being terribly out of form, Novak Djokovic looks set to get himself back on track at the Wimbledon, as he faces a tricky first round test against Slovakian Martin Klizan on Tuesday.

Early on in the encounter, there were concerns about Klizan, who was seemingly struggling with a leg issue, with the Slovak hobbling about on court. He is 3-0 against his opponent, Alexandr Dolgopolov, and has never lost a set in those matches. Federer, an eight-time champion who followed on centre court and beat Alexandr Dolgopolov, leads the list with 315.

Considering Dolgopolov has not taken a set off Federer in three meetings, the chances are he will be cannon fodder for the Swiss as Federer begins the pursuit of a record eighth Wimbledon title and a record 85th match win at the grasscourt major. I tried to focus on my game plan, I was serving well and when it mattered I made a break.

"You could see he wasn't moving". It is unfortunate and I am sure he didn't want to finish this way. This tournament has a special place in players' careers.

Women's world No 1 Kerber was runner-up a year ago and, in the absence of defending champion Serena Williams, the German has the honour of starting the action when she faces America's Irina Falconi before Djokovic takes to the lawns.

It was short, and ultimately a disappointment for fans, but Wimbledon will remember it fondly as the victory that moved Roger Federer beyond the competition yet again.

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"We had a little joke about it in the locker room, saying we should maybe play a practice set on the centre court, have the crowd stay".

For the record that unlucky lucky loser was Klizan's compatriot, Lukas Lacko, ranked 105 in the world, a battler who could have done with the £35,000 cheque for appearing - as well as the thrill of playing a three-time Wimbledon champion on the biggest stage in his sport.

"I just started bad the first set, and then, mentally, I wasn't there after he broke me in the second", Tomic said.

While 22nd seed Gasquet headed home, his French compatriot Gael Monfils set up a second-round clash with Great Britain's Kyle Edmund by winning 6-3 7-5 6-4 against Germany's Daniel Brands.

12-time Grand Slam champion Novak Djokovic has reached round two at Wimbledon after a Martin Klizan retirement. "I had a lot of matches in Eastbourne so I've had enough match play".

"I know the Wimbledon Centre Court didn't get their money's worth today".

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