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Djokovic coasts into round two

1st July 2019, 16:46 by Dan McCarthy

Defending Wimbledon champion Novak Djokovic has eased through to the second round after beating Philipp Kohlschreiber in straight sets.

The Serb managed to wear down his 35-year-old opponent in each set to win the match 6-3 7-5 6-3.

Playing in front of 15,000 people on Centre Court, Djokovic opening with a double fault but quickly got into his stride to break back and take the first set.

The rest of the match followed a similar pattern, with only fleeting glimpses from Kohlschreiber.

And, speaking after the game, 32-year-old Djokovic says the match was a good test for him.

"It felt great to be back on Centre Court - it is a sacred court. It has a special place in my heart," Djokovic said.

"Opening rounds are obviously always tricky, especially if you get a quality opponent like Kohlschreiber, who has a lot of experience.

"I know he is capable of playing some quality tennis, especially on grass, he takes the ball early, has a good slice, a quick serve.

"It was a great test for me. All three sets were close, so I worked hard."

Djokovic will face American Denis Kudla in the second round at SW19.

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Dan McCarthy is a reporter who is very knowledgeable about football at all levels, and a keen Leeds United fan. He also follows darts, snooker, motorsport, and rugby league.

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