Djokovic and Raonic through to second round

Novak Djokovic and Milos Raonic advanced to the second round of Wimbledon following their respective wins on Tuesday.

Djokovic, a three-time winner at the All England Club, advanced after his opponent Martin Klizan was forced to withdraw due to injury after losing the first set 6-3 and being down in the second.

The pair traded service games first up but the ailing Klizan began try and finish points early, leading to a break for Djokovic near the end of the set as he served it out. Klizan had a chat with his trainer at the break about his injured calf and decided to soldier on.

But after breaking Klizan once more in the opening service game of the second set and consolidating, Djokovic was 2-0 up and the Slovakian called it a day after 43 minutes on court.

“You never like to end up a match this way but I heard that Klizan had issues even before walking on the court,” said Djokovic afterwards.

“You could see he wasn’t moving. Once the ball was a couple of feet away from him, he let it go.”

Waiting for Djokovic in the second round is world number 136 Adam Pavlasek of the Czech Republic. 

Earlier in the day, Milos Raonic would fire 20 aces in his 7-6(5), 6-2, 7-6(4) win over Jan-Lennard Struff in two hours and 20 minutes.

The sixth seed Canadian was superb on serve in the opening two sets, facing just one breakpoint, which he saved. Struff would finally finally get the breakthrough late in the third to tie things up at 5-5, eventually forcing a tiebreaker, but it was too little too late. 

Elsewhere, former US Open winner Juan Martin Del Potro survived a second set comeback from Australia's Thanasi Kokkinakis to win 6-3, 3-6, 7-6(2), 6-4.
 
Other selected first round results: 

15th seed G Monfils bt D Brands 6-3, 7-5, 6-4
D Ferrer bt 22nd seed R Gasquet 6-3, 6-4, 7-5, 6-2
25th seed A Romas-Vinolas 6-4, 6-4, 7-6(4)
27th seed M Zverev bt B Tomic 6-4, 6-3, 6-4

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