Wimbledon Day 3: Djokovic sails into third round, Sharapova records easy win

Defending champion Novak Djokovic once again had an easy victory on day three at Wimbledon, as the world number one saw off Jarkko Nieminen in straight sets to advance to the third round.

Finland’s Nieminen enjoyed a first round victory over 2002 winner Lleyton Hewitt on Monday, but he proved no match for the two-time Wimbledon champion as Djokovic ousted the retiring Nieminen 6-4 6-2 6-3.

Novak Djokovic saw off  Finn image: au.eurosport.com

Novak Djokovic saw off Finn Jarkko Nieminen in straight sets
image: au.eurosport.com

There was also an easy second round victory for French Open champion Stan Wawrinka who comfortably sailed into round three with a 6-3 6-4 7-5 straight sets victory over Victor Estrella Burgos from the Dominican Republic.

US Open champion Marin Cilic survived a scare as the Croatian narrowly avoided a shock upset book his place in the third round after a narrow 6-3 4-6 7-6(6) 4-6 7-5 victory over Lithuanian Richard Berankis.

Seventh seed Milos Raonic was also made to work for his spot in the third round as he saw off a spirited comeback from German Tommy Haas 6-0 6-2 6-7 (7/5) 7-6 (7/4).

Grigor Dmitrov was also given a run for his money by American Steve Johnson but the Bulgarian powered past his opponent in straight sets in a 7-6 (10/8) 6-2 7-6 (7/2) win.

Australian Bernard Tomic recorded a 7-6 (7/3) 6-4 7-6 (7/5) straight sets win over Pierre-Hugues Herbert to set up a third round match with Djokovic, while Nick Kyrgios joins his fellow Australian in the next round after a 7-6 (7/5) 6-3 6-4 win over Argentine Juan Monaco.

Britain’s Liam Broady could not repeat his heroics from the opening day as Belgian David Goffin dismissed the 21-year-old 7-6 (7/3) 6-1 6-1, while fifth seed Kei Nishikori did not make it onto the court today, as he pulled out of the tournament due to a calf injury.

Maria Sharapva encountered no problems as she sailed into round three image: rte.ie

Maria Sharapova encountered no problems as she sailed into round three
image: rte.ie

In women’s action, world number one Serena Williams need just less than hour to book her spot in the third round of Wimbledon as she powered past Hungarian Timea Babos 6-4 6-1.

It was also a straight sets victory for Venus Williams but the 35-year-old was given a tough test from Kazakhstan’s Yulia Putintseva, as the American had to dig deep to secure a 7-6 (7/5) 6-4 win.

Maria Sharapova endured no problems as she strolled into the third round with a straight sets 6-3 6-1 win over Dutch girl Richel Hogenkamp, while beaten French Open finalist Lucie Safarova also sailed into the next round after a 6-2 6-3 victory over China’s Hsieh Su-Wei.

Britain’s Heather Watson reached the third round for the second time in her career as she bagged a straight sets 6-4 6-2 win over Daniela Hantuchova of Slovakia, while 2011 US Open winner Sam Stousr also enjoyed an easy 6-3 6-4 win over Poland’s Urszula Radwanska.

However, former world number one Ana Ivanovic bows out of Wimbledon after a 6-3 6-4 defeat to American Bethanie Mattek-Sands.

Madison Keys joins her fellow American in the third round after recovering form a set down to record a 6-7 (8/6) 6-3 6-4 win over Swiss woman Stefanie Voegele.

You can find more results from day three of action at Wimbledon here.

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