Wimbledon, England (Sports Network) - Reigning champion Novak Djokovic and
six-time titlist Roger Federer were a pair of easy opening-round winners,
while 2010 runner-up Tomas Berdych was a straight-set loser Monday at The
The world No. 1 star Djokovic popped 13 aces and throttled former top-ranked
Spaniard and two-time Wimbledon quarterfinalist Juan Carlos Ferrero 6-3, 6-3,
6-1 on the famed grass on Centre Court at the All England Club. The 32-year-
old Ferrero is also a former French Open champ and two-time Grand Slam runner-
The 25-year-old Djokovic is now 28-1 over his last five majors and 40-2 over
his last seven Grand Slams.
Djokovic reached his first-ever Wimbledon final and captured his first-ever
title here with a victory over Rafael Nadal a year ago. Djokovic and Nadal
have met in the last four Grand Slam finals, with the Serb winning three of
them. Nadal, however, beat Djokovic in the French Open finale three weeks ago.
The third-seeded former No. 1 great Federer dismantled helpless Spaniard
Albert Ramos 6-1, 6-1, 6-1 in 1 hour, 19 minutes on Court 1.
"I thought I played a pretty good match," a modest Federer said after
advancing with the easiest opening-round win he's ever had at Wimbledon.
The 30-year-old Swiss icon is now 60-7 lifetime at Wimbledon, where, in
addition to his six titles, he was also the runner-up to Nadal in 2008 in what
many considered to be the greatest tennis match of all-time.
The 16-time Grand Slam champion Federer lost in the quarterfinals here the
last two years and hasn't captured major title since the 2010 Australian
Federer's second-round opponent will be Italian Fabio Fognini.
The sixth-seeded Berdych was out-hit by talented Latvian Ernests Gulbis
7-6 (7-5), 7-6 (7-4), 7-6 (7-4). Berdych, who lost to Nadal in the Wimbledon
final two years ago, had reached at least the third round at Wimbledon the
last seven years.
Meanwhile, eighth-seeded Serb Janko Tipsarevic moved on in surprisingly easy
fashion with a 6-4, 7-6 (7-4), 6-2 victory over former top-five star and 2002
Wimbledon runner-up David Nalbandian of Argentina, and Colombian Alejandro
Falla ousted 11th-seeded American John Isner 6-4, 6-7 (7-9), 3-6, 7-6 (9-7),
7-5. The capable Falla unsuccessfully served for a match against Federer here
two years ago.
Isner bowed out in 3 hours, 12 minutes despite out-acing Falla 31-4 on Monday.
Both players could manage only two breaks.
The disappointing Isner was a second-round loser at the French Open last
Thirteenth-seeded Frenchman Gilles Simon was leading fellow Frenchman Paul-
Henri Mathieu 6-3, 5-4 when the oft-injured Mathieu retired on Day 1, while
15th-seeded Juan Monaco bested fellow Argentine Leonardo Mayer, 6-4, 7-6
(7-5), 7-6 (7-5).
In other first-round action involving seeds, No. 17 Spanish left-hander
Fernando Verdasco doused Taiwan's Jimmy Wang, 7-6 (7-3), 6-4, 7-5; No. 18
Frenchman Richard Gasquet drubbed German Tobias Kamke 6-2, 6-2, 6-2; Serbian
Viktor Troicki drove out No. 24 Spaniard Marcel Granollers 7-5, 7-6 (7-5),
3-6, 2-6, 8-6; No. 26 Russian Mikhail Youzhny overcame American Donald Young
4-6, 6-3, 6-2, 6-3; No. 28 Czech Radek Stepanek got past Ukrainian Sergiy
Stakhovsky 6-1, 1-0, retired; No. 29 Frenchman Julien Benneteau topped
Luxembourg's Gilles Muller 6-2, 7-5, 7-6 (7-4); and No. 31 German Florian
Mayer cruised past Russian Dmitry Tursunov 7-6 (7-3), 6-2, 6-3.
The 2012 Wimbledon champ will earn $1.79 million.
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