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Djokovic beats Manarino to reach Wimbledon third round

World number one Novak Djokovic remains on course to defend his Wimbledon title after beating Adrian Mannarino in straight sets to reach round three. Djokovic…

World number one Novak Djokovic remains on course to defend his Wimbledon title after beating Adrian Mannarino in straight sets to reach round three.
Djokovic beat the Frenchman 6-4, 6-3, 7-6 (7-5) in two hours and four minutes.
The 29-year-old Serb has now won 30 successive Grand Slam matches and currently holds all four titles.
“I do have a lot of expectation of myself, but I’m very grateful that I can play at such a high level consistently,” Djokovic told BBC Sport.
“Grand Slams are what matter the most in our sport. The future is something we can’t predict but certainly I will continue playing with lots of passion and see how it goes.”
Mannarino, 27, was broken just once in the first set, and it came following a successful Djokovic challenge that allowed him back into the game after his forehand was called long.
Djokovic then won five games in a row to take the first set and establish a three-game advantage in the second.
World number 77 Mannarino had five break point opportunities at 1-1 in the third, only for Djokovic to salvage on each occasion and take the set on a tie break.
Earlier in the day, 10th seed Tomas Berdych progressed to round two with victory in four sets over Ivan Dodig.
The Czech 10th seed won 7-6 (7-5), 5-7, 6-1, 7-6 (7-2) in three hours 24 minutes against the 31-year-old Croat.
Dodig, currently ranked 76th, fired 18 aces, but it was the 2010 runner-up who crucially broke serve seven times.
Berdych, 30, will now face Benjamin Becker in the second round after the German’s straight-sets victory over Facundo Bagnis on Tuesday.

 

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