It was a short and sweet introduction to this year's Wimbledon for Novak Djokovic who breezed into the second round when opponent Martin Klizan retired injured after the first set of their match on Tuesday.
Early on in the encounter, there were concerns about Klizan, who was seemingly struggling with a leg issue, with the Slovak hobbling about on court.
"It was great to be back on the centre court", said Djokovic.
Unsurprisingly, Klizan called for the Physio following the end of the first set, though could not receive a medical time out because his injury was pre-existing. "It is the cradle of tennis history and it is a special feeling to walk onto this court".
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But here Federer breaks in the very first game of the match and will serve at 1-0. Just ask Novak Djokovic who came into last year's Wimbledon as holder of all four grand slam titles but has since relinquished his grip on the men's game in spectacular fashion. But you could see he wasn't moving. "I'm going to play another 10 years, and I know after my career I won't have to work again". On the men's side, sixth seed Milos Raonic took down Jan-Lennard Struff in his opener, 7-6 (5), 6-2, 7-6 (4). They are the days when players wake up and feel butterflies in their stomach like they have never felt before, as they prepare to contest a match for the ultimate prize. "I'm sure they tried their best, but it is what it is", said the Serb.
Women's world No 1 Kerber was runner-up past year and, in the absence of defending champion Serena Williams, the German has the honour of starting the action when she faces America's Irina Falconi before Djokovic takes to the lawns. It's Wimbledon and it's a big tournament.
"We had a little joke about it in the locker room, saying we should maybe play a practice set on the centre court, have the crowd stay". The second day of 2017 Wimbledon gets underway at 1 p.m. That moved him one win ahead of Jimmy Connors for most victories in the grass-court major in the Open era, which began in 1968. "I was just getting more and more eager for this tournament to start because there were a lot of days in a row".
Monfils, who finished runner-up at Eastbourne last week, continued his good form by outclassing qualifier Daniel Brands on Tuesday 6-3 7-5 6-4.