Wimbledon: Novak Djokovic sails, Juan Martin Del Potro stunned

Wimbledon: Novak Djokovic sails, Juan Martin Del Potro stunned

When two of tennis' biggest stars crossed paths after both advanced when opponents stopped playing because of pre-existing injuries, they kidded each other about a way to try to make it up to the fans.

Novak Djokovic responded amiably on Thursday to John McEnroe's lazy comments likening Djokovic to Tiger Woods during a recent BBC broadcast, saying, "I really don't take it in a negative way".

After his straight sets victory at Wimbledon Thursday in the second round, Djokovic was asked about McEnroe's words and responded.

"It's ideal. Exactly what I want", Djokovic said. Not sure why. But I was able to come back in the set, breaking at 2-0.

Djokovic had coaches Andre Agassi and Mario Ancic looking on.

Wimbledon 2015 runner-up and former French Open champion Garbine Muguruza is through to the third round.

Djokovic does not now hold a grand slam, having held all four before coming to Wimbledon a year ago.

Meanwhile, Latvian Ernests Gulbis, 28, sprang a Wimbledon surprise as the World No 589 defeated former US Open champion Del Potro 6-4, 6-4, 7-6 (7/3).

Federer blanked Lajovic in a first-set tiebreaker, then notched a critical break for 3-1 in the second set when Lajovic botched an easy overhead.

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Federer is 7-0 this season against top-10 players, his best start to a season since 2004, and has won all four finals he has played.

David Ferrer reached Wimbledon's third round for the first time since 2013 when his opponent, Steve Darcis, stopped because of a back injury while trailing 3-0.

Eight men and one woman have now retired from their singles matches. The Belgian took a medical timeout after 18 minutes of play and was unable to continue.

With first-round Wimbledon losers banking 35,000 pounds this year, some wondered if the sums of money at stake were the deciding factor on why unfit players turned up.

A Belgian ranked 61st, Darcis is best known for beating Rafael Nadal in the first round at Wimbledon in 2013 only to withdraw before his next match, citing an injured right shoulder. He will next play Dudi Sela, who upset 23rd seed John Isner of America.

It's the game plan that has worked for Federer since the beginning of his career, and one he won't be steering away from now on the grass courts at his favourite tournament, where he has won a staggering seven times. However, since Wimbledon 2016, for whatever reason (lack of motivation, personal problems, etc.) he has struggled, and the way he lost in the quarter finals in Paris earlier this month was branded by some as a humiliation. "I had opportunities, of course".

"I have never seen that before", said Querrey, via Telegraph. I am so glad, it was a hard time for me and my coach told me that something good was going to happen.

Milos Raonic, Dominic Thiem, Alexander Zverev, Grigor Dimitrov, Gael Monfils and David Ferrer also reached the third round.

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