Dimitrov, Djoker enter third round
Grigor Dimitrov gave an exhibition of his enormous talent on Thursday, striding emphatically into the third round at Wimbledon with a 6-3, 6-2, 6-1 win over Cypriot Marcos Baghdatis.
London: Grigor Dimitrov gave an exhibition of his enormous talent on Thursday, striding emphatically into the third round at Wimbledon with a 6-3, 6-2, 6-1 win over Cypriot Marcos Baghdatis.
The 13th-seeded Bulgarian looked less like his "Baby Federer" nickname and more like the Swiss maestro all grown up as he made light work of Baghdatis, a former semi-finalist at the All England Club.
Novak Djokovic raced into the third round for the ninth year running, with a 6-2, 6-2, 6-1 drubbing of tournament debutant Adam Pavlasek on Court One.
Spain's David Ferrer was on court only briefly his opponent Steve Darcis retired injured. Ferrer, twice a quarter-finalist at the grasscourt Slam, was leading 3-0 when Belgium's Darcis cried off with a back injury.
Two players - Martin Klizan and Alexandr Dolgopolov - failed to complete their matches on Centre Court against Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer respectively on Tuesday.
Japan continued to maintain a keen interest in both singles tournaments at Wimbledon after Kei Nishikori advanced to the third round with a win over Ukrainian Sergiy Stakhovsky and Naomi Osaka followed suit in the women's draw.
World number nine Nishikori said he wanted to 'win the whole thing' after his first round win and the 27-year-old moved a step closer to achieving that goal with a hard-fought 6-4, 6-7(7), 6-1, 7-6(6) over the dangerous Stakhovsky.
Earlier, defending champion Andy Murray and 10-time French Open winner Rafael Nadal both moved to the third at Wimbledon with straight-sets wins on Wednesday.
Murray took only an hour and 36 minutes to beat Germany's Dustin Brown 6-3, 6-2, 6-2 while Nadal beat American Donald Young 6-4, 6-2, 7-5 to reach the last 32.
Seventh seed Marin Cilic beat German Florian Mayer 7-6 (3), 7-6 (5), 7-5; Japan's ninth seed Kei Nishikori fought off hard challenges to defeat Sergiy Stakhovsky 6-4, 6-7 (7), 6-1, 7-6 (6).