Djokovic blows past Pavlasek in straight sets

Novak Djokovic powered into the third round of Wimbledon on Thursday with a commanding 6-2, 6-2, 6-1 victory over Adam Pavlasek of the Czech Republic.

Pavlasek had equalled his best ever performance in a Grand Slam by reaching the second round this week, but his Wimbledon adventure came to an abrupt end against Djokovic, who was clearly in no mood to hang around.

The second-seeded Serb needed just over 90 minutes to book his place in the third round, rarely looking troubled against his unseeded opponent.

After a somewhat slow start, Djokovic quickly found his rhythm, and he was particularly dismissive in the second and third sets.

He would earn 18 break points during the match, converting seven of them, while saving the solitary break point he faced.

It was the first full match Djokovic was able to complete at Wimbledon this week, after his first-round opponent Martin Klizan retired after just 40 minutes.

"Overall I managed to impose my own rhythm and play the game I intended to play," Djokovic told the BBC.

"It was very warm and hot and not easy to play point after point in some of the long rallies."

Asked about young Pavlasek, who had revealed prior to the match that Djokovic was his idol growing up, Djokovic said: "I am flattered, it is nice to hear I inspired someone with my tennis and I understand what it feels like.

"I didn't know much about him, I tried to get as much information as I could in the last 48 hours. It was a big occasion for him and I'm sure he can play better but it was all working well for me."

Djokovic moves on to face either Argentina's Juan Martin del Potro or Latvia's Ernests Gulbis next.

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