Defending champion Roger Federer, going for a record eighth Wimbledon men’s title, opened his grass-court tennis tournament with a straight-set victory. Second seed Victoria Azarenka and 2004 winner Maria Sharapova also moved to the second round.
Rafael Nadal , the 2008 Wimbledon champion, beat Robin Haase in five sets today to reach the third round at the only grass-court Grand Slam, while John Isner defeated Nicolas Mahut in the longest match in tennis history.
Novak Djokovic will avoid having to play Roger Federer or Andy Murray until the Australian Open final as he bids for an unprecedented hat trick of titles at the season-opening Grand Slam tennis tournament.
Novak Djokovic began his bid for a third straight Australian Open title with a straight-set victory and Maria Sharapova won 6-0, 6-0 to race into round two of the season-opening tennis Grand Slam tournament in Melbourne.