LONDON, July 4 (Reuters) - Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic progressed to the second round at Wimbledon after their opponents retired early in their matches, leaving the Centre Court crowd disappointed on Tuesday.
Seven-time champion Federer led 6-3 3-0 when Ukrainian Alexandr Dolgopolov withdrew with an ankle injury, while Djokovic’s opponent, Martin Klizan, pulled out at 6-3 2-0 down after 40 minutes of play.
Last year’s runner-up, Milos Raonic, cruised through to the second round with a 7-6(5) 6-2 7-6(4) win over Germany’s Jan-Lennard Struff.
The sixth seed struck 20 aces and fired the fastest serve of this year’s tournament at 141 mph to seal the victory on Court One.
Women’s top seed Angelique Kerber, who opened Centre Court proceedings in the absence of title holder Serena Williams, looked far from her best but claimed a 6-4 6-4 win over American qualifier Irina Falconi.
On Court One, third seed Karolina Pliskova needed just over an hour to record a 6-1 6-4 win over Russian Evgeniya Rodina.
Highlights from day two of the Wimbledon championships on Tuesday (all times GMT):
- Seventh seed Svetlana Kuznetsova claimed a 6-3 6-2 win over Tunisian Ons Jabeur in the first round.
- Kuznetsova, a three-time quarter-finalist, will meet fellow Russian Ekaterina Makarova in the next round.
- Eighth seed Dominic Thiem beat Canadian Vasek Pospisil 6-4 6-4 6-3 in an hour and 55 minutes in play on Court One.
- He will meet Gilles Simon of France in the second round.
- Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov moved to the second round with a 7-6(4) 6-2 6-2 win over Diego Schwartzman of Argentina.
- Fifth seed Caroline Wozniacki dropped a set but came through to beat Hungarian Timea Babos 6-4 4-6 6-1 in the first round.
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- World number 14 Kristina Mladenovic beat fellow Frenchwoman Pauline Parmentier 6-1 6-3 in just over an hour.
- The 12th seed recorded 11 aces on her way to the victory and will meet American Alison Riske in the next round.
- Tenth-seeded German Alexander Zverev booked a spot in the second round with a 6-4 7-6(3) 6-3 win over Evgeny Donskoy of Russia.
- The 20-year-old’s older brother Mischa also reached round two by beating Australian Bernard Tomic in straight sets.
The Zverevs became the first pair of seeded brothers to reach the second round in the singles at Wimbledon since Gene and Sandy Mayer in 1982.
- Third seed Karolina Pliskova beat Russian Evgeniya Rodina 6-1 6-4 to reach the second round.
- The Czech world number three will be hoping to improve her record at the championships after losing in round two on her last four appearances.
- Seven-time champion Roger Federer has reached the second round after his opponent Alexandr Dolgopolov pulled out 6-3 3-0 down in the second set.
- Dolgopolov needed treatment to his right ankle after losing the opening set.
- Agnieszka Radwanska overcame a tough first set before wrapping up her match in style, claiming a 7-6(3) 6-0 victory over Jelena Jankovic.
- Australian Daria Gavrilova, the 20th seed, lost to Croatian qualifier Petra Martic 6-4 2-6 10-8 in a battle that lasted for two hours and 35 minutes on Court 14.
- World number 22 Albert Ramos-Vinolas beat Australian Jordan Thomson 6-4 6-4 7-6(4) to progress to the second round for the third consecutive year.
- Three-times champion Novak Djokovic reached the second round after his opponent Martin Klizan of Slovakia retired with a sore calf.
- The Serbian second seed was leading 6-3 2-0 after 40 minutes of play when Klizan was forced to withdraw.
- Djokovic will meet world number 136 Czech Adam Pavlasek in the next round.
- Sixth seed Milos Raonic won his first round clash 7-6(5) 6-2 7-6(4) over German Jan-Lennard Struff.
- The big-serving Canadian hit an impressive tally of 55 winners, including 20 aces during the match.
- Raonic will meet 2012 quarter-finalist Mikhail Youzhny in the next round.
- Spaniard Garbine Muguruza launched her campaign with a convincing 6-2 6-4 win over Ekaterina Alexandrova in just over an hour.
- The 2015 finalist put on a fine performance, claiming nine of 11 points at the net.
- Argentina’s Juan Martin Del Potro rallied to see off Australian Thanasi Kokkinakis 6-3 3-6 7-6(2) 6-4 in just over three hours on Court Two.
- Top seed Angelique Kerber recorded a 6-4 6-4 victory over American qualifier American Irina Falconi after an hour and 27 minutes of play on Centre Court.
- It was far from a straightforward victory for the world number one, whose serve was broken twice by Falconi during the match.
- Spaniard David Ferrer beat 22nd seed Richard Gasquet of France 6-3 6-4 5-7 6-2 to maintain his record of always winning his first round matches at Wimbledon.
- The 35-year-old Ferrer, twice a quarter-finalist, is making his 14th appearance at this year’s championships.
- Australian Arina Rodionova claimed a shock victory on her Wimbledon debut, beating 16th seed Russian Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 3-6 7-6(8) 9-7 on Court 17.
- World number 166 Rodionova has reached the second round of a grand slam for the first time in her career.
- Briton Kyle Edmund recorded his first ever Wimbledon victory with a 4-6 6-3 6-2 6-1 scoreline over compatriot Alexander Ward.
- Edmund has now registered at least one match win at all four grand slam events.
- American Coco Vandeweghe has reached the second round with a 7-5 6-2 win over Mona Barthel of Germany.
- The 24th-seeded Vandeweghe, who has teamed up with former men’s champion Pat Cash, recorded an impressive tally of 30 winners to seal the victory.
- German Mischa Zverev has progressed to the second round with a 6-4 6-3 6-4 win over Australian Bernard Tomic.
- Zverev dominated the encounter, hitting 18 aces as he sealed the victory without facing a single break point.
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Compiled by Hardik Vyas in Bengaluru; Editing by Clare Lovell and Mark Heinrich