LONDON, June 25 Novak Djokovic began his
Wimbledon title defence in cruise control as he blasted Spain's
Juan Carlos Ferrero off court to win 6-3 6-3 6-1 in the first
round on Monday.
The number one seed endured an edgy start and was broken in
the third game of the first set but he struck back immediately
and closed out the opener with his usual combination of rugged
defence and consistently accurate groundstrokes.
The Serb, who had the honour of opening Centre Court action
after beating Rafa Nadal in the 2011 final, was in no mood for
hanging around and broke the Spaniard twice in the second set
and twice more in the third.
Djokovic will now play the winner of Ryan Harrison's first
round match against Taiwan's Lu Yen-hsun.
(Reporting by Toby Davis; editing by Pritha Sarkar)