Novak Djokovic cruised into the third round of Wimbledon on Thursday, defeating Adam Pavlasek of the Czech Republic 6-2, 6-2, 6-1 in just one hour and 34 minutes.
“It’s perfect; exactly what I want. I don’t want to have any five-set matches. I had enough match play in Eastbourne,” said Djokovic afterwards. “I felt very good today in terms of my game and where it was from the beginning till the end. So it just keeps going in the right direction.”
Djokovic was all over Pavlasek’s serve, setting up 18 break points and converting on seven of them. He hit 26 winners to just 18 unforced errors to advance in relatively easy fashion.
Up next for the three-time champion is Latvia’s Ernests Gulbis, who spoiled a potential matchup between Djokovic and Juan Martin del Potro by defeating the Argentinean 6-4, 6-4, 7-6(3) on Thursday.
“My shots are really clean right now,” said Gulbis, a former top 10 player who has slipped to 589th in the world. “I feel very confident on both sides. As soon as I’m relaxed, I can produce this kind of tennis.”
Gulbis’ first round victory at Wimbledon was his first tour-level win since the French Open last year and will have a chance to take down Djokovic for a spot in the Round of 16.
Seven-time champion and third-seed Roger Federer started slowly but managed a 7-6(0), 6-3, 6-2 triumph over Serbia’s Dusan Lajovic.
Federer takes on 27th seed Mischa Zverev next. Zverev went the distance with Russia’s Mikhail Kukushkin to come away with the 6-1, 6-2, 2-6, 3-6, 6-4 victory.
Israel’s Dudi Sela upset 23rd seeded American John Isner, withstanding 45 aces to outlast Isner 6-7(5), 7-6(5), 5-7, 7-6(5), 6-3.
Sela saved six break points in the final set while converting on the only one he brought up, and the only one he needed to win the three hours and 51 minutes match. He moves on to play 13th seed Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria. Dimitrov notched a routine 6-3, 6-2, 6-1 win over Marcos Baghdatis in his second round showdown on Thursday.
Tomas Berdych knocked off American Ryan Harrison 6-4, 6-3, 6-7(8), 6-3 to set up a matchup with David Ferrer. The Spaniard led Steve Darcis 3-0 in the opening set before Darcis retired.
Eighth-seed Dominic Thiem came back from a set down to beat Gilles Simon 5-7, 6-4, 6-2, 6-4. He will take on American Jared Donaldson, who upset 32nd seed Italian Paolo Lorenzi 6-4, 7-6(0), 6-7(0), 6-2
Sixth-seed Milos Raonic, 10th seed Alex Zverev, 15th seed Gael Monfils and Adrian Mannarino were other winners in Thursday’s earlier matches.