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Djokovic starts Wimbledon title defence with a win

Novak Djokovic got his Wimbledon title defence off to a strong start on the opening day.

25 June 2012, 12:00am
Novak Djokovic
Novak Djokovic
The defending champion traditionally opens play on Centre Court on the first Monday and Djokovic wasted little time in seeing off former world number one Juan Carlos Ferrero.

A potentially tricky opener was won 6-3 6-3 6-1 with the minimum of fuss by the Serb, who got a terrific 84 per cent of his first serves in.

He will next face Ryan Harrison or Yen-Hsun Lu.

Former semi-finalist Richard Gasquet also won, thrashing Tobias Kamke 6-2 6-2 6-2.

Fernando Verdasco (17) was another straight-sets seeded winner, seeing off Jimmy Wang.