Federer, Djokovic, and Roddick breeze through round one.


Andy Roddick had little trouble booking his spot in the second round of Wimbledon as he claimed a 6-4 7-6 6-3 victory over Andreas Beck. The three-time runner-up was caused some difficulties by the German’s powerful forehand but never looked truly threatened. Number eight seed Roddick has not been in great form this year and missed the French Open with a shoulder injury but is always a threat during the grass-court season. “The second set tie-break was big for me because there’s a big difference between two sets up and one-set all,” Roddick said. “He had a pretty smart game-plan and was going for his shots a lot, but I felt like I was playing better than him so I didn’t want to let him back in. “I’m pretty happy with where my game is right now. I feel healthy and I know what it takes to go deep at this tournament.”

Six-time champion Roger Federer made a smooth start to his Wimbledon campaign as he saw off Mikhail Kukushkin 7-6 6-4 6-2. Federer was forced to fight back from two sets down in the opening round of last year’s tournament but looked in much better form this time. World number 61 Kukushkin gave a good showing in his first match at Wimbledon but could not deal with the sheer class of his opponent.

Novak Djokovic was barely troubled as he strolled into the second round of Wimbledon after claiming a 6-4 6-1 6-1 over Jeremy Chardy. The second seed need just one hour and 20 minutes to see off his French opponent as he kept an early barrage of serves at bay before completely dominating the second and third sets. Despite world number 52 Chardy being a potentially dangerous opponent, Djokovic seemed to control almost every rally on Centre Court. The Australian Open champion carried strapping on his left knee but the apparent injury did not hinder him at all as he set up a clash with Kevin Anderson or Illya Marchenko in the next round.



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