Novak Djokovic surges into Wimbledon second round


Reigning champion Novak Djokovic has booked his place in the second round of Wimbledon after battling past Philip Kohlschreiber.

The Serbian rarely had things his own way but stepped up a gear to defeat the German in straight sets, eventually prevailing 6-3, 7-5, 6-4.

The Centre Court crowd turned up in their droves to see the world number one in action but would have been surprised to see how slow he started.

Djokovic found himself broken inside the first game before producing a masterclass to take the next four games as he went on to seal the first set 6-3.

The 32-year-old blundered again in the second, failing to get past the 35-year-old only for the veteran to hold his serve.

But back came Djokovic, with the pair level pegging at 4-4. Djokovic was then handed three break points on a silver platter but somehow let Kohlschreiber off the hook.

It only seemed to anger the Serbian as he levelled at 5-5 before breaking and sealing the second set in the style of a true champion.

From there, it was a case of when, not if, Djokovic would clinch his spot in the second round, but Kohlschreiber was determined to make him work for it.

But after Kohlschreiber conceded his serve in the sixth game, the 15-time Grand Slam winner simply highlighted his dominance on court to break in the final game and continue his defence of his Wimbledon title.Follow the latest updates live from day one at Wimbledon as the third Grand Slam of the year gets underway in glorious sunshine at the All-England Club.

Defending champion Novak Djokovic gets proceedings on Centre Court underway as he takes on Germany’s Philipp Kohlschreiber, before second seen Naomi Osaka begins her account against Yulia Putintseva. Britain’s Kyle Edmund wraps up proceedings on Centre Court as he faces Spain’s Jaume Munar.

Elsewhere, Simona Halep faces Aliaksandra Sasnovich on No 1 Court with Alexander Zverev taking on Jiri Vesely, and an intriguing contest late in the day will see 10-time Grand Slam champion Venus Williams face 15-year-old Cori Gauff, the youngest player in this year’s Wimbledom main draws. Follow the live action below.