Djokovic : Easy slider Del Potro closes in for rematch

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Sympathy was in short supply for Wimbledon's walking wounded on Tuesday after back-to-back retirements robbed Centre Court fans of what should have been a blockbuster double bill featuring Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic.

Djokovic's first-round would be the second match of the evening on Centre Court.

"It is obvious that (it) is (a) completely different sport", said the Spaniard after his 6-1, 6-3, 6-2 victory over Millman. They're there to watch good tennis. The crowd were left in disbelief when Federer hit a drop shot at 30-all in the fourth game and Dolgopolov could do no more than trot to the net and blushingly give up.

Bernard Tomic faces being docked a portion of his £35,000 Wimbledon prize money after a lifeless first round defeat to the number 27 seed Mischa Zverev, after which he confessed to being "bored" with tennis.

"At the beginning of this tournament, it's complicated to move".

It will be a big ask for Dolgopolov as fatigue and injury may play a factor if he goes to four or five sets further stacking the odds against the Ukrainian.

"If they did, I think it's okay that they walk on court". I just have to pay a little bit more attention, be more aware of it, have more discipline.

"The ATP has adjusted its rule".

"It's really odd to me", the 35-year-old told CNN Sport in January, having expected to reach "a fourth round or a quarterfinal" at best. "I wish we'd been more aware of things when [my generation] played".

"That's what champions want to do: they want to come back and prove themselves over and again".

Murray opens proceedings on Centre Court on Monday against lucky loser Alexander Bublik with coach Ivan Lendl insisting the champion will be fit.

However, Djokovic has enjoyed an encouraging start to his grass court season, and won the Aegon International on Saturday to boost his hopes of a good performance at Wimbledon.

The Swiss is the favourite to win a record eighth title at the All England Club.

Elsewhere, last year's runner-up Milos Raonic cruised through after overcoming Jan-Lennard Struff in straight sets and it was a similar story for Gael Monfils who defeated another German in the form of Daniel Brands.

Novak Djokovic never entered Wimbledon in a better way than he did this year, at least in terms of results on grass. But it's hard now to look beyond Roger Federer as the most likely champion, he has the form and the history coming into the event and is beloved by the Wimbledon crowds.

Perhaps the tough workout was needed early on for the 2013 semi-finalist for he could very well be crossing swords with the three-time champion Djokovic two rounds later.

Federer's 2017 Wimbledon campaign will be his 18th appearance and comes off the back of a great start to the grass season following a win at Halle.

"When I was 12 years old, I was just awful", Federer admitted in a 2003 interview with the Telegraph.



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