Wimbledon 2017: Novak Djokovic progresses to second round after Martin Klizan retires

Ever green Grass is Federer’s favourite surface and he can cement his position as its greatest-ever player with record eighth title

Novak Djokovic of Serbia plays a forehand during the Gentlemen's Singles first round match against Martin Klizan of Slovakia on day two of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships.

"If they did, I think it's okay that they walk on court".

Roger Federer pleaded with Grand Slams not to be panicked into reducing matches to best-of-three sets after injured players were accused of taking the money and running on Tuesday.

And that was followed by Ukrainian Alexandr Dolgopolov withdrawing with a sore foot when trailing Federer 6-3 6-0, leaving Centre Court fans feeling short-changed.

The Slovakian has been struggling with a left calf injury for two months and it was clear from halfway through the first set that he was in no state to compete with Djokovic. A victory at the 2017 Wimbledon would give Federer 85 career match victories at SW19, equalling the record held by Connors.

"I started serving well but when it mattered I made the break".

Second seed Djokovic, who is chasing a 13th grand slam title, came into Wimbledon after enduring a hard year in which he relinquished his number one ranking as well as his grip on all four majors. But you could see he wasn't moving. I'm sure he didn't want to finish this way.

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Federer, who hit his 10,000th career ace in the eighth game of the first set, will face either Dusan Lajovic for a place in the last 32.

Canadian sixth seed Milos Raonic, last year's runner-up, saw off Germany's Jan-Lennard Struff 7-5 (7-5) 6-2 7-6 (7-4) in his opening match.

Women's world No 1 Kerber was runner-up previous year and, in the absence of defending champion Serena Williams, the German has the honour of starting the action when she faces America's Irina Falconi before Djokovic takes to the lawns.

For the record that unlucky lucky loser was Klizan's compatriot, Lukas Lacko, ranked 105 in the world, a battler who could have done with the £35,000 cheque for appearing - as well as the thrill of playing a three-time Wimbledon champion on the biggest stage in his sport.

World No. 1 Angelique Kerber, who was defeated by Johanna Konta at Eastbourne last week, stated that the British player is one of the top contenders in the tournament. "I wish him all the best", he added. Otherwise, I feel they should give up the spot. "I just can't wait to get out there".

Juan Martin del Potro needed seven match points, but he also advanced, beating Thanasi Kokkinakis 6-3, 3-6, 7-5 (2), 6-4.

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