Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer both won their opening matches at Wimbledon 2012 in straight sets.
Djokovic was the first one on center court, and started his title defence against former world no.1 Juan Carlos Ferrero with a 6-3 6-3 6-1 win.
The world no.1, who defeated Nadal in last year’s final, got broken in the third game of the first set. But he managed to regain his composure straight away, racing to a one set lead.
The Serbian was rarely troubled for the rest of the match and he set up a second round encounter against American Ryan Harrison, who overcame Taiwan’s Yen-Hsun Lu 4-6 6-3 6-4 6-2.
6 time champion Roger Federer raced to a 6-1 6-1 6-1 victory against Albert Ramos of Spain in just 1 hour and 19 minutes.
Federer, who hasn’t won a Grand Slam since Australian Open 2010, is aiming to equal Sampras’ record of 7 Wimbledon titles. He will play Italy’s Fabio Fognini in round two.
Also through to the next round are 18th seed Richard Gasquet after defeating Tobias Kamke of Germany 6-2 6-2 6-2, no.17 seed Fernando Verdasco of Spain with a 7-6 (3) 6-4 7-5 victory over Taiwanese qualifier Jimmy Wang and Russia’s Igor Andreev after eliminating British hope Oliver Golding 1-6 7-6 (4) 7-6 (7) 7-5.