The third day at Wimbledon saw few surprises in the men’s side of the draw, as defending champion Novak Djokovic and six-time champion Roger Federer eased through to the next round in straight sets.
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World number one Djokovic showed little mercy to American Ryan Harrison, beating him in 6-4 6-4 6-4 in just 126 minutes. The Serb put the performance to taking centre stage in the famous arena. “Every time I step on Centre Court you can feel a different energy. I try to enjoy every minute of it” he added. Number three seed Federer is still on course to match Pete Sampras’ tally of seven victories, and was equally as ruthless defeating Italian Fabio Fognini in just 74 minutes. He will now take on French 29th seed Julien Benneteau.
Elsewhere Ivo Karlovic booked his date with Andy Murray today after overcoming Dudi Sela in four sets. 18th seed Richard Gasquet had a straight-forward win over Ruben Bemelmans of Belarus 6-3 6-4 6-4. David Ferrer completed his rain-interrupted first round match against Germany’s Dustin Brown, completing a 7-6 (7-5) 6-4 6-4 victory.
Yesterday’s action saw a number of women’s seeds exit the competition. 5th seed and US Open Champion Sam Stosur lost 6-2 0-6 6-4 to Arantxa Rus, while seventh seed Caroline Wozniacki lost her rain-interrupted encounter 5-7 7-6 (7-4) 6-4. It was the first time the former world number one has been defeated in the opening round, and felt fortune was not on her side. “I didn’t think it was a bad match today. You go through periods where you’re lucky, the luck is turning your way, you’re not playing great, but you win the matches anyway,” said Wozniacki.
Kim Clijsters continues to impress in her final Wimbledon with a solid 6-3 6-3 win over Andrea Hlavackova of the Czech Republic. The former US and Australian champion was given a standing ovation by supporters, and will now face 12th Vera Zvonareva in the next round. Li Na crashed out at the second round for her second successive year. Sorana Cirstea overcame the Chinese woman 6-3 6-4 to set up an encounter with 17th seed Maria Kirilenko.
The men’s action takes centre stage today, with all eyes on Andy Murray as he bids to reach his first final. He faces 6 ft. 10” Croatian Ivo Karlovic, which is followed on Centre Court by Rafael Nadal against Lukas Rosol of the Czech Republic. James Ward will also have strong local support as he takes on American tenth seed Mardy Fish. Serena Williams will face Melinda Czink of Hungary, while Maria Sharapova will hope to complete her second round match against Tsvetana Pironkova. The Russian was leading 7-6 (7-3) 3-1 before rain halted proceedings. Briton’s Elena Baltacha and Anne Keothavong face daunting tasks to ensure local involvement in the next round. Baltacha faces defending champion Petra Kvitova, while Keothavong takes on Italian tenth seed Sara Errani on Court Two.