Wimbledon - Djokovic, Ferrer into second round

Top seed Novak Djokovic proved rock solid as he cruised past Germany's Florian Mayer 6-3 7-5 6-4 to reach the second round of Wimbledon on Tuesday.

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The top seed and 2011 champion has unparalleled reserves of grit and mind-boggling physical capabilities, but his Wimbledon campaign began with the Serb playing percentages and applying enough gentle pressure to move into the second round.

The world number one rolled into the grounds of the All England Club just minutes before he was due on court and his relaxed demeanour remained largely unruffled for the one hour and 56 minutes he was in action.

The pair had met in last year's quarter-final and, although Djokovic also won that encounter in straight sets, he saw enough to be on his guard against an upset this time around.

Following fifth seed Rafa Nadal's shock exit on Monday, a whiff of mutiny was in the air among the tour's lesser lights and the Serb was not taking any chances.

"Knowing his quality, knowing that we played in the quarter-final last year obviously gave me enough reason to not underestimate him and respect the fact that I need to be 100 percent focused from the start and try to have the control of the match," Djokovic told reporters.

"And that's what I did. I played well in the important moments.

Djokovic was back in action for the first time since losing a semi-final epic against Nadal at the French Open and looked sharp on the lush grass.

His returns frequently found their intended targets, hitting the lines, driving Mayer deeper and moving him to and fro on court and further out of his psychological comfort zone.

Djokovic was able to up the tempo with weapons missing from the German's arsenal, while his familiar ability to stay in points to the bitter end frequently paid dividends.

After breaking Mayer in his opening service game and cruising through the first set, the Serb sought to turn the screw at the start of the second.

In a rare moment of resilience, the German, ranked 34 in the world, survived six break points in the third game to keep his nose in front.

Any lingering hopes of causing an upset, however, were wiped away when he was broken in the 11th game, with Djokovic striking the decisive blow with a scorching backhand winner at the end of a tiring rally in which Mayer had missed an easy overhead.

After serving out the second set Djokovic broke in the first game of the third then turned off the afterburners to cruise home.

His next opponent will be an American in the form of either qualifier Bobby Reynolds or wildcard Steve Johnson, but Djokovic will be taking nothing for granted.

"The sport is evolving, like everything in life," he added.

"Everybody is getting better, getting more professional. At the opening stages of Grand Slams, there are a lot of quality players who have nothing to lose really coming on the Centre Court or Court One, playing in front of 10,000 or more people.

"Against one of the top players, you know, what can you really lose? You're going to play your best tennis."

Fourth seed David Ferrer was tested by Martin Alund, a man who had never previously played an ATP Tour match on grass, before winning through to the second round at Wimbledon.

Spaniard Ferrer, who took two heavy falls on the slippery Centre Court grass, won 6-1 4-6 7-5 6-2 in two hours nine minutes.

His tumbles, in the second and fourth sets, looked dramatic. On the second occasion he cried out in pain before getting up and limping back to receive serve, but the ill-effects were short-lived and he went on to break Argentine Alund for a 4-1 lead.

Alund, a clay specialist whose grass-court experience amounts to little more than two qualifying matches at Eastbourne last week, gave Ferrer a hard time in the middle two sets and was helped to a break in the second by two double faults from the Spaniard.

French Open finalist Ferrer, however, got back on top in the final set, winning three successive games to love to go 3-1 up.

The Spaniard, a quarter-finalist here last year, hit four aces in his final two service games, including one to finish off the victory with a flourish. He will now play compatriot Roberto Bautista.

Wimbledon men's singles round one results

1-Novak Djokovic (Serbia) beat Florian Mayer (Germany) 6-3 7-5 6-4

4-David Ferrer (Spain) beat Martin Alund (Argentina) 6-1 4-6 7-5 6-2

7-Tomas Berdych (Czech Republic) beat Martin Klizan (Slovakia) 6-3 6-4 6-4

8-Juan Martin Del Potro (Argentina) beat Albert Ramos (Spain) 6-2 7-5 6-1

9-Richard Gasquet (France) beat Marcel Granollers (Spain) 6-7(2) 6-4 7-5 6-4

12-Kei Nishikori (Japan) beat Matthew Ebden (Australia) 6-2 6-4 6-3

13-Tommy Haas (Germany) beat Dmitry Tursunov (Russia) 6-3 7-5 7-5

Ivan Dodig (Croatia) beat 16-Philipp Kohlschreiber (Germany) 4-6 6-7(6) 7-6(3) 6-3 2-1 (Kohlschreiber retired)

17-Milos Raonic (Canada) beat Carlos Berlocq (Argentina) 6-4 6-3 6-3

Feliciano Lopez (Spain) beat 19-Gilles Simon (France) 6-2 6-4 7-6(11)

Bernard Tomic (Australia) beat 21-Sam Querrey (U.S.) 7-6(6) 7-6(3) 3-6 2-6 6-3

23-Andreas Seppi (Italy) beat Denis Istomin (Uzbekistan) 7-6(6) 7-6(3) 5-7 3-6 6-3

26-Alexandr Dolgopolov (Ukraine) beat Gastao Elias (Portugal) 6-1 7-6(2) 6-2

27-Kevin Anderson (South Africa) beat Olivier Rochus (Belgium) 6-4 6-2 6-1

28-Jeremy Chardy (France) beat Ryan Harrison (U.S.) 7-6(4) 4-6 7-5 6-2

29-Grigor Dimitrov (Bulgaria) beat Simone Bolelli (Italy) 6-1 6-4 6

Michael Llodra (France) beat Jarkko Nieminen (Finland) 7-6(3) 6-4 6-3

Jesse Levine (Canada) beat Guido Pella (Argentina) 6-4 6-2 4-6 3-6 4-3 (Pella retired)

Denis Kudla (U.S.) beat James Duckworth (Australia) 6-4 6-2 3-6 4-6 6-1

Leonardo Mayer (Argentina) beat Aljaz Bedene (Slovenia) 6-2 6-3 6-4

Jan-Lennard Struff (Germany) beat Blaz Kavcic (Slovenia) 6-4 6-1 6-3

Michal Przysiezny (Poland) beat Philipp Petzschner (Germany) 6-3 7-6(6) 6-0

James Blake (U.S.) beat Thiemo de Bakker (Netherlands) 6-1 6-3 6-2

Jimmy Wang (Taiwan) beat Wayne Odesnik (U.S.) 7-6(5) 4-6 6-2 3-6 7-5

Go Soeda (Japan) beat Andreas Haider-Maurer (Austria) 7-6(6) 7-5 6-1

Roberto Bautista (Spain) beat Teymuraz Gabashvili (Russia) 6-3 6-4 7-6(3)

Santiago Giraldo (Colombia) beat Horacio Zeballos (Argentina) 3-6 7-6(4) 6-7(6) 6-1 6-3

Igor Sijsling (Netherlands) beat Alex Kuznetsov (U.S.) 6-3 6-4 6-4

Grega Zemlja (Slovenia) beat Michael Russell (U.S.) 6-7(3) 6-4 6-4 6-1

Santiago Giraldo (Colombia) beat Horacio Zeballos (Argentina) 3-6 7-6(4) 6-7(6) 6-1 6-3

Igor Sijsling (Netherlands) beat Alex Kuznetsov (U.S.) 6-3 6-4 6-4

Bobby Reynolds (U.S.) beat Steve Johnson (U.S.) 1-6 7-6(4) 6-3 6-7(4) 6-4

Paul-Henri Mathieu (France) beat Ricardas Berankis (Lithuania) 7-6(4) 7-5 6-7(3) 6-4

Daniel Brands (Germany) beat Daniel Gimeno-Traver (Spain) 7-6(5) 6-7(4) 6-7(5) 6-1 6-4

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