Novak Djokovic Defeats Florian Mayer to Advance at 2013 Wimbledon

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Novak Djokovic Defeats Florian Mayer to Advance at 2013 Wimbledon
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Men's overall top seed Novak Djokovic cruised to an opening-round victory at Wimbledon on Tuesday, taking out two-time quarterfinalist Florian Mayer in straight sets to advance to the second round at the All England Club, via Sky Sports News:

Djokovic came out sharp in the opening set, recording 13 winners to just three unforced errors, winning the first frame 6-3 in under a half-hour. 

But after feeling out the Centre Court atmosphere in the first set, Mayer played much better in the second set, winning 72 percent of his first-serve points and taking seven of nine points at the net. Although Djokovic won just four more points than Mayer in the frame, he made the bigger shots when it mattered, winning the set 7-5 in just under an hour. 

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Djokovic continued his onslaught in the third set, picking up an early break and holding serve the rest of the way to take the set and the match.

The loss marks the 29-year-old Mayer's first-ever opening-round defeat at Wimbledon.

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With the victory, Djokovic advances to the second round of the men's draw, where he will play the winner of Bobby Reynolds vs. Steve Johnson. Either of the two unseeded Americans will be a heavy underdog on Thursday. 

The 23-year-old Johnson (world No. 120) is making his first career appearance in the main draw at Wimbledon, while Reynolds is ranked just 149th in the world and has never been further than the third round at the All England Club.

Djokovic is now 9-0 for his career in the first round at Wimbledon and is 7-1 all-time in the second round at the famed tennis tournament. Djokovic hasn't lost in Round 2 since 2008, when he was upset by Marat Safin in straight sets. 

 

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