World number one Novak Djokovic got his battle for a third progressive Wimbledon title off to a triumphant begin with a 6-0, 7-6 (7/3), 6-4 triumph over Britain’s James Ward on Monday.
The 29-year-old Serb, the holder of 12 Grand Slams in the wake of securing a first French Open prior this month, is on focus for the record books.
A fourth Wimbledon title would make him simply the second man since Don Budge in 1938 to win five straight majors.
It would likewise put him 75% of the best approach to turning into the first since Rod Laver in 1969 to finish the date-book Grand Slam.
Top seed Djokovic, who holds every one of the four majors, goes ahead to face France’s Adrian Mannarino for a spot in the last 32.
“The initial nine amusements were faultless,” said Djokovic, who dashed out into a 6-0, 3-0 lead before Ward, positioned at 177, steadied the boat.
“James had a couple nerves however he was playing better in the second set. General it was a strong execution for me. It’s generally uncommon to return to the support of our game.”
Djokovic has won six of the last eight Grand Slams, taking him to a profession count of 12 – inside two of Rafael Nadal’s imprint and five behind Roger Federer’s record.
Federer, whose last significant triumph was at Wimbledon in 2012 when he won his seventh title at the All England Club, starts later Monday against Argentina’s reality number 51 Guido Pella.
Federer, 34, has been runner-up to Djokovic throughout the previous two years and is endeavoring to wind up the most seasoned ever Wimbledon champion in present day times.
Be that as it may, the Swiss has been obstinate by knee and back issues this year and his damage implemented withdrawal from the French Open finished his dash of 65 progressive Grand Slam appearances extending back to 1999.
He has following endured semi-last misfortunes on grass at Stuttgart and Halle, the remainder of which against Alexander Zverev was his first against an adolescent in 10 years.
Federer’s inability to win a title in 2016 means he enters Wimbledon on his longest trophy dry season subsequent to 2000.