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Kerber, Raonic advance at Wimbledon

Published:Wednesday | July 5, 2017 | 12:00 AM
Switzerland's Roger Federer returns to Ukraine's Alexandr Dolgopolov during their men's singles match on day two at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London yesterday.

LONDON, England (AP):

Last year's runners-up were up first on the main show courts at Wimbledon yesterday and both came through in straight sets.

Angelique Kerber, playing in the spot on Centre Court normally reserved for the defending women's champion, beat Irina Falconi of the United States 6-4, 6-4. On No. 1 Court, Milos Raonic defeated Jan-Lennard Struff of Germany 7-6 (5), 6-4,

7-6 (4).

"A lot of memories came back when I walk on the Centre Court," Kerber said. "Playing there again, it's one of the best courts to play. It's traditional, so it was really great to being back."

Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer, who own a combined 10 titles at the All England Club, didn't even need three sets to advance. They both reached the second round when their opponents retired from their matches in the second set.

Kerber stepped in to the opening spot on Centre Court on Day 2 in place of Serena Williams, the defending champion who is out for the rest of the season because she is pregnant.

 

FIRST WOMAN TO LOSE

 

Although Kerber became the first woman seeded No. 1 in the professional era to lose in the first round of the French Open, she made it through to the second round on the grass.

Djokovic followed on Centre Court, leading 6-3, 2-0 when Martin Klizan stopped because of injury. The second-seeded Serb was leading 30-0 in the third game of the second.

The victory put Djokovic alone into second place on the list of Grand Slam match wins, one ahead of Jimmy Connors, with 234. Federer, an eight-time champion who followed on Centre Court and beat Alexandr Dolgopolov, leads the list with 315.

Federer was leading 6-3, 3-0 when Dolgopolov retired.

Raonic came into Wimbledon after playing only one match on grass, a first-round loss at Queen's. The last time he failed to win a match on grass before Wimbledon, in 2014, he reached the semi-finals.

 

Selected results:

 

Men's Singles - First Round

Mischa Zverev (27), Germany, def. Bernard Tomic, Australia, 6-4, 6-3, 6-4.

David Ferrer, Spain, def. Richard Gasquet (22), France, 6-3, 6-4, 5-7, 6-2.

Gael Monfils (15), France, def. Daniel Brands, Germany, 6-3, 7-5, 6-4.

Novak Djokovic (2), Serbia, def. Martin Klizan, Slovakia, 6-3, 2-0 (30-0), retired.

Milos Raonic (6), Canada, def. Jan-Lennard Struff, Germany, 7-6 (5), 6-2, 7-6 (4).

Roger Federer (3), Switzerland, def. Alexandr Dolgopolov, Ukraine, 6-3, 3-0 (30-30), retired.

Women - First Round

Angelique Kerber (1), Germany, def. Irina Falconi, United States, 6-4, 6-4.

Garbine Muguruza (14), Spain, def. Ekaterina Alexandrova, Russia, 6-2, 6-4.

Alison Riske, United States, def. Sloane Stephens, United States, 6-2, 7-5.

Kristina Mladenovic (12), France, def. Pauline Parmentier, France, 6-1, 6-3.

Caroline Wozniacki (5), Denmark, def. Timea Babos, Hungary, 6-4, 4-6, 6-1.

Svetlana Kuznetsova (7), Russia, def. Ons Jabeur, Tunisia, 6-3, 6-2.