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Novak Djokovic breezes into third round at Wimbledon

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Novak Djokovic returns during a match against Adam Pavlasek at the 2017 Wimbledon championships on Thursday. Photo by Hugo Philpott/UPI
Novak Djokovic returns during a match against Adam Pavlasek at the 2017 Wimbledon championships on Thursday. Photo by Hugo Philpott/UPI | License Photo

Second-seeded Novak Djokovic continued in his bid to win his fourth Wimbledon title by breezing to a 6-2, 6-2, 6-1 victory over Czech Adam Pavlasek on Thursday in a second-round match at the All England Club in London.

Djokovic, who won the Wimbledon title in 2011, 2014 and 2015, is bidding for his first major title since completing a career Grand Slam at the 2016 French Open.

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"It was my first match this year on Court No. 1, so it was quite different from 2016," said Djokovic, who recorded 33 of 41 first-service points. "It was a warm and hot day, so it wasn't easy to play point after point and long rallies especially in the second set.

"I feel better as the days go by and I will use my experience to get myself ready for the rounds ahead."

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The Serb will face Latvian Ernests Gulbis, who posted a 6-4, 6-4, 7-6 (3) triumph over 29th-seeded Juan Martin del Potro of Argentina.

No. 13 Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria cruised into the third round with a 6-3, 6-2, 6-1 victory over Cypriot Marcos Baghdatis.

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No. 15 Frenchman Gael Monfils posted a 7-6 (1), 6-4, 6-4 victory over Britain's Kyle Edmund.

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German Mischa Zverev, who is seeded 27th, was pushed to the limit before recording a 6-1, 6-2, 2-6, 3-6, 6-4 win over Russian Mikhail Kukushkin.

American John Isner was bounced from the tournament as the No. 23 seed lost to Israel's Dudi Sela 6-7 (5), 7-6 (5), 5-7, 7-6 (5), 6-3. Isner fell to 4-15 in five-set matches since his famed 2010 first-round match at Wimbledon that ended 70-68 in the final set.

Spaniard David Ferrer reached Wimbledon's third round for the first time since 2013 when his opponent, Steve Darcis of Belgium, retired with a back injury while trailing 3-0. Ferrer was a quarterfinalist at Wimbledon in 2012 and 2013.

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