Novak Djokovic cruises in Wimbledon third round with easy win over Thanasi Kokkinakis

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Top seed Novak Djokovic once again looked every bit the dominant player who has won the last three Wimbledon titles as he swept aside Australian Thanasi Kokkinakis 6-1, 6-4, 6-2 to power into the third round of the Championships.

On Monday the 35-year-old, bidding for his fourth Wimbledon title in a row and his seventh overall, had looked scratchy during his opening win against Kwon Soon-woo but he was back close to lofty standards against the 79th-ranked Kokkinakis.

The Australian famously defeated Roger Federer in the second round of the Miami masters at 2018 but there were no signs of another upset during the contest on Centre Court as the 20-time major champion dictated terms from the start.

The Serb, who defeated Kokkinakis in straight sets during their only previous meeting seven years back at Roland Garros, broke his opponent's delivery early in each of the three sets for a total of five break of serves during the contest.

Djokovic faced a lone break point on his own serve and closed out the victory in two hours on his second match point to set up a third-round meeting against either Chile's Alejandro Tabilo or Serb compatriot Miomir Kecmanovic.

Wimbledon, day three: as it happened

04:44 PM

Over to you, Emma

That's it from today's daily Wimbledon blog as we turn our attention to Emma Raducanu and Andy Murray.

Emma is currently a set down against Caroline Garcia. You can follow all the action from that match right here.

04:11 PM

Harmony Tan branded 'unprofessional'

Harmony Tan - whose thrilling win over Serena Williams on Tuesday earned her legions of new fans at Wimbledon - has been branded “unprofessional” by her doubles partner after she pulled out of the competition.

After her three-hour Wimbledon debut under the Centre Court lights, Tan had been due to team up with Germany's Tamara Korpatsch for the first round in the women's doubles on Wednesday afternoon.

They were scheduled as the third match on Court 5, but Tan pulled out with a thigh injury at the 11th hour.

“Unfortunately my doubles Partner H. Tan retired from our doubles today,” Korpatsch wrote. “She just texted me this morning. Let me wait here 1 hour before the match start. I'm very sad, disappointed and also very angry that I can't play my 1st Doubles Grand Slam. And It's really not fair for me. I didn't deserve that.

“She asked me before the tournament if we wanna play doubles and I said yes, I didn't ask her, she asked me! If you're broken after a 3h [hour] match the day before, you can't play professional. That's my opinion.”

03:40 PM

Djokovic 6-1, 6-4, 6-2 Kokkinakis* (*denotes next server)

Wayward backhand by Djokovic, 30-30. . Good hustle by Kokkinakis but Djokovic has the time to lift a lob over him, 40-30. Match point.

Kokinakis saves it with a forehand winner down the line, deuce. Djokovic double fault, first break point of the match for Kokkinakis.

Saved by Djokovic when Kokkinakis' forehand is long. Second Match point for Djokovic and he takes it easily when Kokkinakis' backhand return goes into the tramlines. Won't get much easier than that for Djokovic.

03:34 PM

Djokovic* 6-1, 6-4, 5-2 Kokkinakis (*denotes next server)

Man down as Kokkinakis takes a tumble, 0-15. Djokovic nets a backhand return and drops head in frustration, 40-15.

Kokkinakis holds to make Djokovic serve for the match. Here's a stat for you have been 1812 days since Djokovic last lost at Wimbledon.

03:29 PM

Djokovic 6-1, 6-4, 5-1 Kokkinakis* (*denotes next server)

Djokovic forehand long, 0-15. A rare poor mistake by Djokovic. Kokkinakis forehand winner, his best shot of the day.

Another unforced error by Kokkinakis, 40-30. Djokovic tries to hit a delicate low volley but nets, deuce.

Good hustle and effort by Djokovic and Kokkinakis nets. Djokovic is a game away from the third round.

03:23 PM

Djokovic* 6-1, 6-4, 4-1 Kokkinakis (*denotes next server)

Kokkinakis forehand long, 0-30. He responds by keeping his next forehand in the court and it's a winner, 15-30.

Kokkinakis forehand into the tramlines, two break points. Kokkinakis slices a backhand into the net and Djokovic breaks for the fifth time.

It has been too easy for the Serbian today.

03:20 PM

Djokovic 6-1, 6-4, 3-1 Kokkinakis* (*denotes next server)

Kokkinakis has the look of a beaten man. Too many errors, not enough quality and this match is running away from him very quickly.

03:16 PM

Djokovic* 6-1, 6-4, 2-1 Kokkinakis (*denotes next server)

Probably Kokkinakis' best service game of the match as he crashes down his 10th ace of the match to hold to love.

03:14 PM

Djokovic 6-1, 6-4, 2-0 Kokkinakis* (*denotes next server)

An umpteenth easy hold for Djokovic. Kokkinakis has not had a break point today.

03:12 PM

Third Set: Djokovic* 6-1, 6-4, 1-0 Kokkinakis (*denotes next server)

Double fault Kokkinakis, 30-30. He responds with a ninth ace of the match, 40-30. Djokovic volley winner, deuce.

Break point Djokovic after Kokkinakis misjudges a deep ball by Djokovic, break point.

Kokkinakis earns a short ball and hits a backhand down the line but Djokovic reads it and get his backhand back into play. Kokkinakis can't control the volley and the ball flies wide. Early break for Djokovic.

03:02 PM

Djokovic 6-1, 6-4 Kokkinakis* (*denotes next server)

More dominant serving by Djokovic and he seals the second set with ease. He's won 18 out of 21 net points, 20 winners, just one double fault.

02:55 PM

Djokovic* 6-1, 5-4 Kokkinakis (*denotes next server)

Kokkinakis double fault, 15-30. He responds with a forehand winner down the line, 30-30.

Kokkinakis saves a set point with a big first serve but he faces another one when he misses a forehand. Another wide serve by Kokkinakis bails him out of danger.

Djokovic goes on the offense and finishes with a volley winner, third set point. Kokkinakis drive volley winner.He is desperately hanging on.

A slip by Kokkinakis and Djokovic hits a forehand into the open court, fourth set point. Ace Kokkinakis!

Kokkinakis keeps his composure to hit an overhead winner. Well played.

02:48 PM

Djokovic 6-1, 5-3 Kokkinakis* (*denotes next server)

Djokovic eases through another service game to put himself within a game of the set. Just seven unforced errors from the Serbian today.

02:44 PM

Djokovic* 6-1, 4-3 Kokkinakis (*denotes next server)

Djokovic drills another backhand winner down the line, 15-15. Kokkinakis overhead winner, 40-15. Excellent wide serve by Kokkinakis and he finishes with a forehand winner to hold.

02:39 PM

Djokovic 6-1, 4-2 Kokkinakis* (*denotes next server)

More frustration for Kokkinakis as he is pushed beyond the baseline by Djokovic and makes the error, 30-0. Rare mistake by Djokovic as he nets a volley, 30-15. Djokovic double fault, 30-30. Djokovic on the back foot hits a brilliant backhand winner down the line.

02:33 PM

Djokovic* 6-1, 3-2 Kokkinakis (*denotes next server)

Djokovic stands his ground and is rewarded with a volley winner. He's been unplayable today.

02:31 PM

Djokovic 6-1, 3-1 Kokkinakis* (*denotes next server)

Nice play by Kokkinakis and he finishes with an overhead winner, 0-15. Best shot of the match by Kokkinakis as he rifles a forehand into the corner, 15-30. Djokovic hits a forehand winner to hold.

02:22 PM

Djokovic* 6-1, 2-1 Kokkinakis (*denotes next server)

Big stroke of fortune for Djokovic as his drop shot clips the net and drops on Kokkinakis' side of the net, break point.

Kokkinakis goes on the attack and is rewarded when Djokovic's forehand is long. Kokkinakis forehand wide, break point. Deep Djokovic return, he attacks the net and puts away the volley. Ruthless. He breaks again.

02:17 PM

Djokovic 6-1, 1-1 Kokkinakis* (*denotes next server)

Djokovic is having no trouble on serve today. He's won every point on his second serve and is making 71 per cent of first serves.

02:15 PM

Second Set: Djokovic* 6-1, 0-1 Kokkinakis (*denotes next server)

Better start by Kokkinakis as he holds serve. Can he get back into the match?

02:13 PM

Djokovic 6-1 Kokkinakis* (*denotes next server)

Djokovic gets to 40-0 with a serve and volley winner and seals the set with another winner.

The Serbian is in full control.

02:06 PM

Djokovic* 5-1 Kokkinakis (*denotes next server)

Kokkinakis is winning just 17 per cent of points on his second serve so far and that is not good.

He slips to 15-40 with back-to-back backhand errors. Two break points.

Kokkinakis saves the first with an ace then the second when Djokovic nets a backhand.

Djokovic hits a deep backhand, Kokkinakis can't handle the pace and puts a forehand into the tramlines, third break point.

Djokovic return long, deuce. Kokkinakis forehand into the net, fourth break point. Djokovic hits a drop shot, Kokkinakis gets there but the Australian can only put the ball into the net. Djokovic breaks and will serve for the set.

01:57 PM

Djokovic 4-1 Kokkinakis* (*denotes next server)

Can Kokkinakis make inroads on the Djokovic serve? Not on this occasion. Djokovic holds to 30 when Kokkinakis' forehand flies long.

01:56 PM

Djokovic* 3-1 Kokkinakis (*denotes next server)

Much better from Kokkinakis as he races to 40-0 with a couple of winners. Djokovic pegs him back to 40-30 but the Australian finally gets on the board.

01:49 PM

Djokovic 3-0 Kokkinakis* (*denotes next server)

A routine service hold to love for Djokovic. Kokkinakis is yet to show his quality so far, very underwhelming opening three games.

01:46 PM

Djokovic* 2-0 Kokkinakis (*denotes next server)

Double fault by Kokkinakis to start the service game, 0-15. Kokkinakis puts another forehand beyond the baseline, 0-30.

Djokovic drop shot into the net, 15-30. Sweeping forehand winner by Djokovic, 15-40, two break points.

Kokkinakis forehand long and the No 1 seed break easily. Not great from the Australian so far.

01:42 PM

First Set: Novak Djokovic 1-0 Thanasi Kokkinakis* (*denotes next server)

Nice start by Kokkinakis as he deftly hits a drop shot winner, 0-15. Djokovic backhand into the net, 30-30.

Djokovic holds when Kokkinakis puts a forehand long.

01:41 PM

Time for the defending champion!

I've dashed to Centre where Novak Djokovic is up against Thanasi Kokkinakis, what a potentially tricky tie.

I'll bring you game-by-game updates!

01:26 PM

Peniston in trouble

Johnson breaks Peniston again early in the second set to lead 2-1.

Can the wildcard recover?

01:15 PM

Peniston loses first set

A comeback will be required for Peniston as he loses the opening set 6-3 to Johnson on Court 3.

The American has taken advantage of a nervy Peniston so far.

01:12 PM

Elsewhere, how does a tennis player forget his rackets?

01:03 PM

Dropped catch at Wimbledon

Two early chances for spectators in the crowd to catch the ball. One on the far side catches a shanked forehand by Peniston, the other drops the ball after a Johnson smash.

On the court, it is 2-2 with Peniston having to save some early break points.

12:46 PM

The sun is out, time for some tennis

Warm applause and encouragement for Peniston as he leaves his chair and strides to the far side to begin his match.

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wimbledon 2022 today live score match results novak djokovic - TELEGRAPH

12:33 PM

We have some movement...

Chair umpires and ball boys are assembling on various courts. That means we should have some tennis soon.

I am going to take a wander to Court 3 and see new British sensation Ryan Peniston, who is facing Steve Johnson.

12:24 PM

Plenty of stories available to read

A must read piece is by our tennis correspondent Simon Briggs, who faced the best serve in tennis history - and says he knows how Andy Murray can beat it!

Read more here.

We also have "Underarm serves, Tim Henman's grandmother and the debate dividing tennis" where Molly McElwee looks into the most controversial shot in tennis.

Read more on that here.

12:04 PM

Weather update

Still no tennis as it continues to drizzle with rain. No play before 12:15 BST.

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wimbledon 2022 today live score match results novak djokovic - PA

11:43 AM

Order of play - June 29 cont

Court 9

11:00: Daria Saville (Aus) & Ajla Tomljanovic (Aus) v Viktoria Kuzmova (Svk) & Arantxa Rus (Ned), Irina Bara (Rom) & Ekaterine Gorgodze (Geo) v Danielle Collins (USA) & Desirae Krawczyk (USA), Denis Kudla (USA) & Jack Sock (USA) v (4) Marcelo Arevalo (Esa) & Jean-Julien Rojer (Ned), (15) Lloyd Glasspool (Gbr) & Harri Heliovaara (Fin) v Hugo Gaston (Fra) & Lorenzo Musetti (Ita)

Court 10

11:00: Sadio Doumbia (Fra) & Fabien Reboul (Fra) v (11) Kevin Krawietz (Ger) & Andreas Mies (Ger), Liam Broady (Gbr) & Jay Clarke (Gbr) v (16) Rafael Matos (Bra) & David Vega Hernandez (Spa), Alastiar Gray (Gbr) & Ryan Peniston (Gbr) v Joran Vliegen (Bel) & Jack Withrow (USA)

Court 11

11:00: Fabrice Martin (Fra) & Hugo Nys (Mon) v Maximo Gonzalez (Arg) & Nathaniel Lammons (USA), Ariel Behar (Uru) & Gonzalo Escobar (Ecu) v Arthur Fery (Gbr) & Felix Gill (Gbr), (14) Monica Niculescu (Rom) & Elena Gabriela Ruse (Rom) v Kirsten Flipkens (Bel) & Sara Sorribes Tormo (Spa), Anett Kontaveit (Est) & Shelby Rogers (USA) v Vivian Heisen (Ger) & Samantha Murray-Sharan (Gbr)

Court 12

11:00: (29) Anhelina Kalinina (Ukr) v Lesia Tsurenko (Ukr), (30) Tommy Paul (USA) v Adrian Mannarino (Fra), Panna Udvardy (Hun) v (24) Elise Mertens (Bel), Tim Van Rijthoven (Ned) v (15) Reilly Opelka (USA)

Court 14

11:00: David Goffin (Bel) v (31) Sebastian Baez (Arg), Alexander Bublik (Kaz) v Dusan Lajovic (Ser), Diane Parry (Fra) v Mai Hontama (Jpn), (6) Lucie Hradecka (Cze) & Sania Mirza (Ind) v Magdalena Frech (Pol) & Beatriz Haddad Maia (Bra)

Court 15

11:00: Alejandro Tabilo (Chi) v (25) Miomir Kecmanovic (Ser), Marie Bouzkova (Cze) v Ann Li (USA), Elisabetta Cocciaretto (Ita) v Irina-Camelia Begu (Rom), (9) Jamie Murray (Gbr) & Bruno Soares (Bra) v Benjamin Bonzi (Fra) & Arthur Rinderknech (Fra)

Court 16

11:00: Jodie Anna Burrage (Gbr) & Eden Silva (Gbr) v Arianne Hartono (Ned) & Demi Schuurs (Ned), (32) Oscar Otte (Ger) v Christian Harrison (USA), (22) Nikoloz Basilashvili (Geo) v Quentin Halys (Fra), Sarah Grey (Gbr) & Yuriko Miyazaki (Gbr) v (5) Asia Muhammad (USA) & Ena Shibahara (Jpn)

Court 17

11:00: (33) Shuai Zhang (Chn) v Marta Kostyuk (Ukr), Jiri Vesely (Cze) v Alejandro Davidovich Fokina (Spa), Dalma Galfi (Hun) v Kaja Juvan (Slo), Aljaz Bedene (Slo) & Soon Woo Kwon (Kor) v (10) Thanasi Kokkinakis (Aus) & Nick Kyrgios (Aus)

Court 18

11:00: (23) Frances Tiafoe (USA) v Maximilian Marterer (Ger), Tatjana Maria (Ger) v (26) Sorana Cirstea (Rom), Maja Chwalinska (Pol) v (28) Alison Riske (USA), (1) Rajeev Ram (USA) & Joe Salisbury (Gbr) v Daniel Altmaier (Ger) & Carlos Taberner (Spa)

11:37 AM

Order of play - June 29

Centre Court

13:30: (1) Novak Djokovic (Ser) v Thanasi Kokkinakis (Aus), Caroline Garcia (Fra) v (10) Emma Raducanu (Gbr), Andy Murray (Gbr) v (20) John Isner (USA)

Court 1

13:00: Jule Niemeier (Ger) v (2) Anett Kontaveit (Est), (9) Cameron Norrie (Gbr) v Jaume Munar (Spa), (5) Maria Sakkari (Gre) v Viktoriya Tomova (Bul)

Court 2

11:00: (3) Casper Ruud (Nor) v Ugo Humbert (Fra), (15) Angelique Kerber (Ger) v Magda Linette (Pol), Tallon Griekspoor (Ned) v (5) Carlos Alcaraz Garfia (Spa), Qiang Wang (Chn) v Heather Watson (Gbr)

Court 3

11:00: Ryan Peniston (Gbr) v Steve Johnson (USA), Yanina Wickmayer (Bel) v (12) Jelena Ostapenko (Lat), (10) Jannik Sinner (Ita) v Mikael Ymer (Swe), Katarzyna Kawa (Pol) v (3) Ons Jabeur (Tun)

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wimbledon 2022 today live score match results novak djokovic - TELEGRAPH

Court 4

11:00: Elixane Lechemia (Fra) & Nuria Parrizas-Diaz (Spa) v (2) Barbora Krejcikova (Cze) & Katerina Siniakova (Cze), Benoit Paire (Fra) & Albert Ramos-Vinolas (Spa) v (2) Nikola Mektic (Cro) & Mate Pavic (Cro), (3) Wesley Koolhof (Ned) & Neal Skupski (Gbr) v Facundo Bagnis (Arg) & Diego Sebastian Schwartzman (Arg), Rosalie Van Der Hoek (Ned) & Alison Van Uytvanck (Bel) v Maryna Zanevska (Bel) & Kimberley Zimmermann (Bel)

Court 5

11:00: Pedro Martinez Portero (Spa) & John-Patrick Smith (Aus) v Andrey Golubev (Kaz) & Denys Molchanov (Ukr), Aleksandr Nedovyesov (Kaz) & Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi (Pak) v James Duckworth (Aus) & Marcos Giron (USA), Tamara Korpatsch (Ger) & Harmony Tan (Fra) v (15) Nadiia Kichenok (Ukr) & Raluca Olaru (Rom), Marta Kostyuk (Ukr) & Eva Martincova (Cze) v Madison Brengle (USA) & Lauren Davis (USA)

Court 6

11:00: Kaia Kanepi (Est) & Renata Voracova (Cze) v Alicia Barnett (Gbr) & Olivia Nicholls (Gbr), Viktorija Golubic (Swi) & Maria Camila Osorio Serrano (Col) v Sonay Kartal (Gbr) & Nell Miller (Gbr), Joao Sousa (Por) & Jordan Thompson (Aus) v Matwe Middelkoop (Ned) & Luke Saville (Aus), Maxime Cressy (USA) & Feliciano Lopez (Spa) v Lukasz Kubot (Pol) & Szymon Walkow (Pol)

Court 7

11:00: Hans Hach Verdugo (Mex) & Philipp Oswald (Aut) v Roman Jebavy (Cze) & Hunter Reese (USA), (9) Han Xinyun (Chn) & Yi Fan Xu (Chn) v Lucia Bronzetti (Ita) & Julia Lohoff (Ger), (8) Shuko Aoyama (Jpn) & Hao-Ching Chan (Tpe) v Xin Yu Wang (Chn) & Qinwen Zheng (Chn), (12) Nicolas Mahut (Fra) & Edouard Roger-Vasselin (Fra) v Francisco Cerundolo (Arg) & Tomas Martin Etcheverry (Arg)

Court 8

11:00: (13) Santiago Gonzalez (Mex) & Andres Molteni (Arg) v Julian Cash (Gbr) & Henry Patten (Gbr), Jasmine Paolini (Ita) & Martina Trevisan (Ita) v Naiktha Bains (Gbr) & Maia Lumsden (Gbr), Clara Burel (Fra) & Chloe Paquet (Fra) v Xinyun Han (Chn) & Lin Zhu (Chn), MacKenzie McDonald (USA) & Botic van de Zandschulp (Ned) v (7) John Peers (Aus) & Filip Polasek (Svk)

11:22 AM

Rain delay

Play should have started on the outside courts at 11am but it has been a rainy morning in SW19 so there is no play before 11.45 BST.

11:10 AM

'Serena Williams' legend is secure but it is time to say goodbye'

It was a memorable finish on Centre Court last night as Serena Williams was knocked out of the tournament by Harmony Tan of France, who earned the biggest victory of her career.

In his comment piece, our chief sports writer Oliver Brown said:

She fought with a relentless ferocity, in a match fated to join the canon of Centre Court’s late-night epics. But ultimately, for Serena Williams, this defeat was a pill that could not be sugared. In deciding to return after a year-long absence, she hardly envisaged that her Wimbledon curtain-call might come amid the gloaming of the opening Tuesday, against an opponent just two years old when she won her maiden slam.

It was both a bitter denouement and a reminder that even her formidable powers had faded beyond recognition.

Read Oliver's full thoughts here.

10:51 AM


Hello again. Only been two days and it feels like it has been a week.

But we go again and it is another packed schedule with Novak Djokovic, Emma Raducanu and Andy Murray on Centre Court.

British tennis had a day to remember at Wimbledon on Tuesday as six more players reached the second round, making it the best performance in 25 years.

Heather Watson, Katie Boulter, Jack Draper, Ryan Peniston, Liam Broady and Alastair Gray joined Raducanu, Murray and Cameron Norrie in winning their opening matches.

Not since 1997 has Britain had nine representatives through to the second round of the singles, while Harriet Dart can make it 10 in her delayed match against Rebeka Masarova on Wednesday.

That would be a figure not seen since 1984 and further indication that, after years of relying on a few star names to paper over the cracks, there is finally some strength in depth emerging.

For Raducanu, the US Open champion will be hoping for a straight forward match against France's Caroline Garcia on Wednesday.

"I think that it helps at slams that you get a day off in between, so I think that is pretty valuable," said Raducanu.

"I felt good out there. There were some tough moments in the second set (against Van Uytvanck) physically, but I told myself, 'Push through, if you win in two sets, then you don't have to play three'. That's the tactic."

Returning to Wimbledon completes a first full year on tour for Raducanu, whose tennis education was elevated to warp speed by her remarkable early success.

Familiarity brings positives and negatives, with Raducanu saying: "I think that it helps just with experience. Every tournament or every match you play, you learn something. It helps it all be a positive tool for the future.

"In a way, when you haven't played anyone before, it helps, too, because no one knows you, no one knows your game. That is something that I experienced in a positive way last summer because no one really knew who I was.

"Since, I think that people have definitely watched me and raised their level and raised their game and played some great tennis. I haven't necessarily played badly in a lot of the matches.

"I think that coming back here is always going to be a special tournament for me, my home tournament. I've got incredible memories. I'm just looking forward to playing here again."

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