7 Jul 2017

Wimbledon - top guns through to third round

9:00 am on 7 July 2017

Wimbledon's big guns have all enjoyed comfortable paths to the third round.

Roger Federer

Roger Federer Photo: Photosport

Former champions Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic both advanced in straight sets with last year's beaten finalist Milos Raonic coming from a set down to beat Mikhail Youzhny.

Federer turned on the style on Centre Court after losing the opening two games of the match to beat Serbian Dusan Lajovic 7-6 (7-0) 6-3 6-2.

Federer broke early in the second set to assume complete control and breezed through the third set and sealed victory with his ninth ace of the match to set up a third-round clash against Mischa Zverev.

"I couldn't get rid of the nerves early on and struggled to find my rhythm," Federer said.

"I got back in and broke him back but struggled throughout the first set, In the end it was very good."

Second seed Djokovic was equally emphatic in brushing aside Adam Pavlasek 6-2 6-1 6-1.

The Serbian completely outclassed the Czech world number136 in 94 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.

"I felt very good today in terms of my game and where it was from the beginning till the end. So just keeps going in the right direction."

French 12th seed Kristina Mladenovic brushed aside her second round defeat at Wimbledon, saying she couldn't care less about it and was just happy she had not been injured.

Mladenovic was beaten 2-6 6-4 6-4 by unheralded American Alison Riske, but insisted her main concern had been getting off court in one piece on a dramatic day that saw Bethanie Mattek-Sands suffer a horrific injury and tournament favourite Karolina Pliskova eliminated.

American tennis player Bethanie Mattek-Sands.

American tennis player Bethanie Mattek-Sands. Photo: PHOTOSPORT

The defeat of Arina Rodionova also brought Australia's singles tilt to an end.

"Honestly, the feeling is that I couldn't care less if I lost the match today, I just want to be healthy," Mladenovic said.

"I'm just so blessed and happy that I am not injured today, because we saw worse today."

Her comments came just two hours after American Mattek-Sands had been carried off a different court on a stretcher, screaming in pain with a serious knee injury.