Wimbledon 2017: Novak Djokovic races to victory against Adam Pavlasek


Novak Djokovic has reached the third round for the ninth straight year
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Venue: All England Club Dates: 3-16 July Starts: 11:30 BST
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Second seed Novak Djokovic moved into the third round with a straight-set win against Adam Pavlasek at Wimbledon.

The three-time champion raced to a 6-2 6-2 6-1 victory in just over 90 minutes on Court One against the 22-year-old.

Djokovic, 30, rarely looked troubled against the world number 136 from the Czech Republic, who was making his debut at the Championships.

The Serb will next play either Argentina’s Juan Martin del Potro or Latvia’s Ernests Gulbis.

In victory, Djokovic completed his first full match of the Championships, after his first-round opponent Martin Klizan retired after 40 minutes.

The world number two took a while to settle, despite breaking Pavlasek twice in the first set, but his class shone in the second and third sets.

“Overall I managed to impose my own rhythm and play the game I intended to play,” Djokovic, who converted seven of his 18 break points, told the BBC.

“It was very warm and hot and not easy to play point after point in some of the long rallies.”

Elsewhere, 13th seed Grigor Dimitrov beat former Wimbledon semi-finalist Marcos Baghdatis in straight sets to reach the third round.

Bulgaria’s Dimitrov, 26, secured a comprehensive 6-3 6-2 6-1 victory over the Cypriot with a stunning diving forehand volley.

Spain’s David Ferrer reached the third round after his opponent Steve Darcis was forced to withdraw with a back problem.

Ferrer, twice a quarter-finalist, was leading 3-0 after 18 minutes of play on Court 17, before the Belgian retired.

More to follow.

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