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Novak Djokovic eases to first-round victory over Vit Kopriva to kickstart campaign

Novak Djokovic appeared unfazed by a knee brace as he comfortably defeated Vit Kopriva in straight sets to advance to the second round at Wimbledon. You can watch the Hamburg, Swiss, and Palermo Open live on Sky Sports Tennis after Wimbledon concludes.

Djokovic smoothly dispatched Kopriva in straight sets, securing his place in the second round at Wimbledon.

The seven-time Wimbledon champion began his quest for an eighth title at the All England Club with a dominant 6-1 6-2 6-2 win over Kopriva in one hour and 58 minutes on Centre Court. Despite a knee injury from the French Open last month that required surgery, Djokovic showed little sign of discomfort, wearing a knee strap.

Returning to SW19 after being defeated by Carlos Alcaraz in last year’s final, the 37-year-old’s serve and forehand proved too much for the world No. 462, who was overpowered.

“It was very good. I’m very pleased with the way I felt on the court,” Djokovic said. He admitted he was uncertain about his performance due to his knee injury but was delighted with how he played, focusing on the game rather than the injury.

“Everything I could possibly do, I’ve done with my team to give myself a chance. If it were any other tournament, I probably wouldn’t have risked it or rushed it as much. I love Wimbledon and love coming back here. I want to thank my doctor for performing such a good surgery. I’ve always tried to avoid surgery, and I’ve only had one before on my elbow. I’ve been fortunate compared to other 37-year-olds in our sport. I wish Andy Murray all the best; it’s a huge shame.”

Fourth seed Alexander Zverev, last month’s French Open runner-up, began his quest for a maiden Grand Slam title with a 6-2 6-4 6-2 win over Roberto Carballes Baena.

Stefanos Tsitsipas started his campaign with a 7-6 6-4 7-5 victory over Taro Daniel, while Ben Shelton came back from a set down to defeat Mattia Bellucci 4-6 6-3 3-6 6-3 6-4.

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Polish seventh seed Hubert Hurkacz lost the first set to Moldovan Radu Albot but advanced in four sets. However, sixth seed Andrey Rublev suffered a surprising defeat to Grand Slam debutant Francisco Comesana.

The fiery Russian smashed his racket against his thigh six times during his 6-4 5-7 6-2 7-6 (7-5) loss. He explained, “I would not do it if I could hit the racket on the floor. Because we’re not allowed to hit them on the grass. I don’t know why in that moment, I couldn’t take it anymore. I needed to let emotions out.”

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