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No scares for Djokovic under the roof

ESPN staff
June 27, 2013 « Live County Championship coverage | Chartbeat test »
Novak Djokovic encountered no problems on Thursday © PA Photos
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Novak Djokovic would have been grateful for the Centre Court roof at Wimbledon as the world No. 1 sealed his spot in the third round after a 7-6(2) 6-3 6-1 victory over Bobby Reynolds.

Rain interrupted play for the first time in the event on Thursday, and with matches abandoned on the outside courts in the evening, Djokovic was able to start and complete his encounter against the American, with the Serb not following former winners Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal through the exit door and reaching the next round.

Djokovic found Reynolds - who won three qualifying matches - difficult to break down at first, as the top seed squandered several opportunities to break his opponent's serve.

Reynolds was equal to the play of Djokovic in the opening set, but the American was unable to maintain his level in the tiebreak as Djokovic ran away with it to take the lead.

It was unlike the world No. 1 to not convert one of his break point opportunities, but when he was faced with the situation again in the third game of the second set, he made no mistake and roared with delight to seize the initiative.

An incredible pick up off a backhand featured in Djokovic racing to a 4-2 lead, and soon the set was clinched at the second attempt as Djokovic put himself into a commanding position.

And once the Australian Open champion secured the break in the second game of the third set, he never looked back as he eased beyond the finishing line.

"It's a grand slam and also sport so you can't win all matches. It's a bit strange that all the top players lost in one or two days," Djokovic said after the win.

"[My] game is there, I just need to try to capitalise on opportunities. Credit to my opponent he served and played really good points. Many people come to watch the top tennis players perform, I know what it means to these people."

Former US Open champion Juan Martin del Potro sealed his place in the third round with a 6-2 7-6(7) 6-3 win over Jesse Levine, but the Argentine was made to battle by his opponent.

After taking the first set 6-2, Del Potro trailed Levine 4-1 and 5-2 in the second and looked as though he was going to drop his first set of the tournament.

However, the Tower of Tandil fought back to take it into a tiebreak, and clinched it 9-7, before getting into a groove in the third and taking the win.

Juan Martin del Potro made it through after recovering in the second set © PA Photos
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Finalist of 2010 Tomas Berdych was also a victor in straight sets, with the big serving Czech brushing aside Daniel Brands 7-6(6) 6-4 6-2.

Bernard Tomic saw off James Blake 6-3 6-4 7-5, while Andreas Seppi benefited from Michael Llodra retiring with an injury at the start of the second set.

The 12th seed Kei Nishikori disposed of Leonardo Mayer 7-6(5) 6-4 6-2, but 17th seed Milos Raonic suffered a straight sets loss to Dutchman Igor Sijsling.

Former semi-finalist Richard Gasquet was taken to four sets, but the Frenchman emerged unscathed against Go Soeda after a 6-0 6-3 6-7(5) 6-3 win.

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