Wimbledon: Novak Djokovic storms into R3 with Thanasi Kokkinakis thrashing, Casper Ruud eliminated

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LONDON, England Updated: Jun 29, 2022, 09:38 PM(IST)

Wimbledon: Djokovic storms into third round, Casper Ruud eliminated Photograph:( AFP )

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The Australian famously defeated Roger Federer in the second round of the Miami masters at 2018 but there were no signs of another upset during the contest on Centre Court as the 20-time major champion Djokovic dictated terms from the start.

Top seed Novak Djokovic once again looked every bit the dominant player who has won the last three Wimbledon titles as he swept aside Australian Thanasi Kokkinakis 6-1 6-4 6-2 on Wednesday to power into the third round of the Championships. On Monday the 35-year-old, bidding for his fourth Wimbledon title in a row and his seventh overall, had looked scratchy during his opening win against Kwon Soon-woo but he was back close to lofty standards against the 79th-ranked Kokkinakis.

The Australian famously defeated Roger Federer in the second round of the Miami masters at 2018 but there were no signs of another upset during the contest on Centre Court as the 20-time major champion dictated terms from the start.

The Serb, who defeated Kokkinakis in straight sets during their only previous meeting seven years back at Roland Garros, broke his opponent`s delivery early in each of the three sets for a total of five break of serves during the contest.

Djokovic faced a lone break point on his own serve and closed out the victory in two hours on his second match point to set up a third-round meeting against either Chile`s Alejandro Tabilo or Serb compatriot Miomir Kecmanovic.

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Norway`s number three seed Casper Ruud was unable to reproduce his French Open heroics at Wimbledon as he was bundled out 3-6 6-2 7-5 6-4 in the second round by world number 112 Ugo Humbert on Wednesday.

Frenchman Humbert turned up for the match without any rackets and struggled in the first set but his high-risk approach started to pay off as the ratio of winners to unforced errors moved in his favour and he impressively took the next two. Ruud, who lost to Rafa Nadal in the French Open final three weeks ago, fought back in a high quality fourth set but Humbert, who reached the last 16 at Wimbledon in 2019, produced an excellent game to break for 5-4 before serving out to love.

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