Seven-time Wimbledon champion Roger Federer and three-time Wimbledon champion Novak Djokovic made a winning starts at the Centre Court as their opponents retired with injuries on the second day of Wimbledon 2017.
With the win, Federer recorded his 85th match victory at Wimbledon against Alexandr Dolgopolov, who pulled out due to a right ankle injury, with a 6-3, 3-0 down after 43 minutes of action at the All England Club.
The third seeded Swiss had been tied with the retired American world No. 1 tennis player Jimmy Connors at 84 wins.
Federer will now face the 27-year-old Dusan Lajovic for a place in the last 32.
Meanwhile, Djokovic also advance in the second round when Martin Klizan decided to withdraw because of calf problem.
Second seeded star was leading 6-2, 2-0 when the world No. 47 Slovakian quit after 40 minutes of play at the Centre Court.
The 30-year-old Serbian will now go on to take Adam Pavlasek of Czech Republic in the next round.
“It was great to be back on Centre Court. It’s the cradle of the tennis history and it’s a special feeling to walk on. It brings back many memories. It’s nice to be back but you never like to end a match this way. He had issues walking on to court. I tried to focus on my game plan, I was serving well and when it mattered I made a break. But you could see he wasn’t moving. I’m sure he didn’t want to finish this way. It’s Wimbledon and it’s a big tournament. I wish him all the best.” Djokovic said
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