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Djokovic Opens Bid For Second Wimbledon Crown; Gasquet, Haas Advance

Wimbledon, England

Djokovic© Getty ImagesNovak Djokovic opened his campaign for a second Wimbledon title.

Novak Djokovic got his bid for a second title at The Championships off to a strong start on Tuesday, when he defeated Florian Mayer - for the second straight year at Wimbledon - 6-3, 7-5, 6-4.

World No. 1 Djokovic is now three match wins away from 150 victories at the four major championships (147-28 overall) after beating No. 34-ranked Mayer in one hour and 57 minutes on Centre Court. 

“For the opening match of my grass-court season, it was a very satisfying performance,” said Djokovic. “Even though I think that I can play better, for the first match it's normal to expect that you're still kind of finding your rhythm and adjusting to a new surface and new movement. Hopefully I can elevate my game as the tournament goes on.

“Knowing his quality and knowing that we played in the quarter-finals last year gave me enough reason to obviously not underestimate him and respect the fact that I needed to be 100 per cent focused from the start and try to have the control of the match. I played well in important moments.” 

The top seed has lost in the Wimbledon first round just once in the Open Era, when Lleyton Hewitt fell to Ivo Karlovic in 2003. 

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Ninth seed Richard Gasquet, who has won two of his nine ATP World Tour titles on grass courts, defeated Marcel Granollers 6-7(2), 6-4, 7-5, 6-4 in just under three hours. The 2007 semi-finalist, one of 15 Frenchmen in the first round draw, will play Go Soeda in the second round.

Tommy Haas, the No. 13 seed, who could potentially meet Djokovic in the fourth round, recorded his 100th major match win (100-51 overall) after a 6-3, 7-5, 7-5 victory over Dmitry Tursunov. It was their first FedEx ATP Head2Head meeting in six years and Haas’ first match win at Wimbledon since 2009. 

Elsewhere in the top quarter of the draw, No. 28 seed Jeremy Chardy overcame Ryan Harrison 7-6(4), 4-6, 7-5, 6-2. Chardy may meet Djokovic in the third round.

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