LONDON — Top seed Novak Djokovic opened his Wimbledon campaign with a straight-sets victory over Florian Mayer today.
Djokovic, who won the title in 2011, prevailed 6-3 7-5 6-4 and will play an American in the second round — either Bobby Reynolds or wildcard Steve Johnson.
In a repeat of last year’s quarter-final, world No 1 Djokovic came through a tight contest thanks to a solitary break in each set.
The Serb, playing for the first time since his French Open semi-final defeat to Rafael Nadal, claimed the opening set in 29 minutes.
He was made to work harder in the second set by world No 34 Mayer, who was unable to take either of the three break points he created during the match.
And Djokovic closed out the result in efficient style to ensure a successful first outing on grass this season as he bids for a seventh Grand Slam title.
Fourth seed David Ferrer also went through against Martin Alund of Argentina but did not have things all his own way in a 6-1 4-6 7-5 6-2 triumph.
The French Open finalist took two heavy falls on the greasy Centre Court against a man whose only grass-court experience amounted to a couple of qualifying matches at Eastbourne.
A solitary break in the second set was enough to get Alund back on terms with the Spaniard, however Ferrer crucially took the third set before winning three games to love in succession in the fourth to set up the win.
Defending champion Serena Williams cruised into round two with a straight-sets win over Mandy Minella on Centre Court.
Williams took just 57 minutes to see off the world No 92 from Luxembourg and clinch a 6-1 6-3 victory.
The top seed looked in ominous form throughout and didn’t drop a single point on her serve in the first set.
Minella, 27, struggled to lay a racket on a typically powerful Williams serve as the five-time Wimbledon champion wrapped up the opening set in just 19 minutes.The second was more of a contest and Minella got an early break to take a 2-0 lead. It didn’t last long, however, as the American broke straight back to level matters before securing a break of her own to gain a 4-2 second set advantage.
The players exchanged service games before 16-time grand slam winner Williams broke Minella once more in the ninth game of the set, on her second match point. (Sky)