Novak Djokovic made a great start to his title defence at Wimbledon by beating Philipp Kohlschreiber in three sets on Monday, on a day when Switzerland’s Stan Wawrinka also made it into the tournament’s top 64.
The world number one won with partial 6-3, 7-5 and 6-3 to the German with the presence in the stands of his new coach, Serbian Goran Ivanisevic.
“It’s someone I’ve always admired and we’ve been friends for a long time, but usually on the opposite side of the network,” Djokovic said of the 2001 Wimbledon champion.
“He’s trained a lot of great players, so it’s great to have him on my side. Earlier, Wawrinka, who needs the title in Wimbledon to complete the four Grand Slam to their honors, also showed all his experience to overcome the Belgian Ruben Bemelmans by 6-3, 6-2 and 6-2.
To become a place among the 32 best of the tournament, the Swiss will face the American Reilly Opelka, who beat German Cedrik-Marcel Stebe 6-3, 7-6 (7-4) and 6-1. It’s a great pleasure to have a champion like that and I hope we can work for a long time,” added the 32-year-old, who reached the third Grand Slam of the year without previously playing any tournament on grass.
The Serbian’s next opponent will be American Denis Kudla, who beat Tunisia’s Malek Jaziri without losing a set.
As for the Latin Americans, Argentina’s Leonardo Mayer defeated Latvia’s Ernest Gulbis 6-1, 7-6 (14-12) and 6-2, while Chile’s Nicolas Jarry bid farewell to the tournament when he fell to Italy’s Andreas Seppi in four sets. Uruguayan Pablo Cuevas beat Bosnian Damir Džumhur in five sets.
Stefanos Tsitsipas and Alexander Zverev were also excluded. The Greek, sixth seed, fell to Italian Thomas Fabbiano by 6-4, 3-6, 6-4, 6-7 and 6-3, while the German, seventh seed, was surpassed by the Czech Jiří Veselý by 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 and 7-5.
In other highlights of the day, South African Kevin Anderson, fourth seed and tournament finalist last year, beat Frenchman Pierre-Hugues Herbert, while Spain’s Roberto Bautista, seed 23, beat Germany’s Peter Gojowczyk.