Wimbledon: Djokovic opens with comfortable win over Sandgren

Wimbledon: Djokovic opens with comfortable win over Sandgren

World number one Rafael Nadal will lock the horns with Russian tennis player Mikhail Kukushkin in the second round of the men's singles event ahead of Wimbledon campaign on Thursday.

An early break in the second set helped Nadal move into a two-set lead but he could not shake off the world number 77 who reached the semis on the Eastbourne grass last week.

The U.S. Open has made a decision to introduce a shot clock this year so that the 25 seconds allowed between points is strictly enforced and Wimbledon is likely to follow suit.

"I had a long clay court season, a lot of matches", said Nadal as he explained why he sat out the grass court build-up to Wimbledon. "I can't understand when I make a mistake, I put my shorts the other way", Nadal said to laughter. "Yeah, I felt it all the way to the end of the match basically, last couple games." the Serbian said.

Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic all will be in action as Week 2 begins.

"I understand the whole mechanics behind it, the motives, I would say".

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"It was windy and it was one of those days you want to start well and get that first set under your belt and start to feel more comfortable", 12-times Grand Slam champion Djokovic said. Williams is also the lone past Wimbledon champion left in the women's bracket; she owns seven titles, including in 2015 and 2016, the previous two times she entered the tournament.

Bouchard, now ranked 188 in the world, will face fellow former Wimbledon junior champion Ashleigh Barty for a spot in the last 32.

Three-time victor Djokovic starts against Tennys Sandgren of the United States, returning to the tournament which ended in an injury-enforced quarter-final withdrawal 12 months ago.

Nick Kyrgios served his way into the second round at Wimbledon as the 15th-seeded Australian fired 42 aces and saved all five break points he faced to beat Denis Istomin of Uzbekistan 7-6 (3), 7-6 (4), 6-7 (5), 6-3.

The former world number one missed the 2016 event as she served a doping ban and was injured a year ago when she was planning to appear in the qualifying event.

Matthew Ebden upset 10th-seeded David Goffin of Belgium 6-4, 6-3, 6-4 in just 1 hour, 33 minutes to earn his first win over a top-10 ranked player at a Grand Slam.

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