Djokovic eliminates Mayer in first round, Raonic also victorious

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Novak Djokovic defeated Florian Mayer for the second Wimbledon running, seeing off the German in straights 6-3 7-5 6-4. An early break thanks to a netted forehand was all the split the pair as Mayer remained competitive with Djokovic. After surviving a marathon game early in the second, saving six break points, he had a chance of his own but  couldn’t convert and Djokovic would go on to hold. Djokovic finally broke for 6-5, taking advantage of a slip from Mayer for an easy put away.

The World No.1 ensured it would be a smooth passage into the next round with a break to start the set, holding until the end and closing out with a love hold.

Bernard Tomic saw off a spirited fightback from Sam Querrey to defeat the American in five sets 7-6 7-6 3-6 2-6 6-3. For two relatively big servers, it was a surprise to see so many break chances for both players, beginning with Querrey having to save three in the opening game of the match. Tomic would be the first to buckle under the pressure but surprisingly enough would get the break straight back. Querrey was also wasteful, failing to convert five set points at 4-5 and 5-6 as the set went into a tiebreak. After Tomic failed to convert either set point at 6-4, he would take advantage at 7-6 to take a set lead.

The second set was much more like what was expected, with fewer break chances – none of which were taken. Despite Tomic often being under more pressure, Querrey would once again falter in the tiebreak as Tomic went 2 sets up. Suddenly, Querrey sprung to life in the third as he began to make a dramatic comeback, reeling off two sets in 47 minutes to tie the match up. A medical timeout late in the fourth suggest Tomic would be done and the American would complete the comeback. Querrey served 36 aces in the match but could only come up with 4 of them in the last. Serving at 3-4 down, a 0-40 situation was irrecoverable and Tomic would break for the first time since the first set. He served it out with ease to move into the next round.

Milos Raonic had a much easier time, defeating Carlos Berlocq 6-4 6-3 6-3. 19 aces helped the big serving Canadian on his way, proving unbreakable today. A break in the first game would be all Raonic needed to take the first set and he would repeat the trick in the second, adding another to take the set and serve first in the third. He couldn’t break in the first game of the third set despite chances, eventually converting at the third time of asking for a *4-2 lead. Berlocq had his one and only break point of the match in the decider but it soon disappeared. He served it out to book a second round appearance where he takes on Igor Sijsling.

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