Novak Djokovic responds to John McEnroe family comments

Novak Djokovic sizzles at Wimbledon

This would be akin to someone being nervous walking into their home before sitting down on their sofa to watch television.

Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer booked their places in the next round in similar fashion as both dispatched their second round opponents in straight sets.

But there Federer was, at 35 years old, his heart racing and palms sweating, as he prepared Thursday to face 79th-ranked Dusan Lajovic, 27, in the second round.

"I struggled early on, I couldn't get rid of the nerves and struggled to find my rhythm. That's a hell of an effort, for sure, for him to beat John". In other second round matches, popular 13th-seed Grigor Dimitrov knocked out Marcos Baghdatis of Cyprus 6-3, 6-2, 6-1; 15th-seed Gael Monfils of France beat Briton Kyle Edmund 7 (7-1), 6-4, 6-4.

- Three-time champion Novak Djokovic is first up on Court One against Adam Pavlasek of the Czech Republic in what will be his first proper test at Wimbledon this year.

"Just because I haven't played the clay court season doesn't make me the favourite", he said. "I have been in this particular situation before many times and will try to use the experience knowing what to do on a daily basis to get myself in the right shape, the right state of mind and hopefully the right performance".

"Even though maybe results haven't been up to the standard that I have had in the last seven, eight years, it's just, you know, in order to reach a new peak, you have to, I guess, fold a little bit in some way".

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"If it's just excruciating pain, OK, you can't play".

However, in the following game, the 12-time Grand Slam champion was under pressure on serve for the first time in the match as he received a time violation at 40-40, which let him bother him. He played superbly, not hitting one unforced error for the first hour of the match.

Federer will turn 36 next month and has no imminent plans on retirement, but he has missed three of the past five Grand Slam events after an Open era-record 65 straight appearances.

Kerber was beaten by Serena Williams in the Wimbledon final past year and, with the United States star absent, she is among the favourites to make it back to the title match despite a rocky run in 2017.

This time a year ago the Serbian superstar held all four grand slam singles trophies - the first man since Australian great Rod Laver in 1969 to do so.

But Federer did admit that winning an eighth title at Wimbledon and going past the mark he shares with Pete Sampras and William Renshaw would be a special moment.

Federer came into Wimbledon off a tournament victory in Halle. Federer is 4-0 lifetime against Zverev and he was won all nine sets that the pair have played. This was another free ride against an opponent boasting only four wins at tour level and who admits to hero worship of his tennis idol.

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