Novak Djokovic Breezes Past James Ward in First Round

Novak Djokovic beat James Ward in the first round of Wimbledon on Monday.

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Novak Djokovic in action during his first round match at Wimbledon. (Photo: AP)

It was not quite the triple bagel that Novak Djokovic was aiming for during the opening 41 minutes of his first-round match but the Serbian is unlikely to be too disappointed after he went past Britain’s James Ward 6-0, 7-6(3), 6-4 at Wimbledon on Monday.

The holder of all four grand slam titles appeared to be hurtling towards his 29th successive win at a major when he opened his Wimbledon defence by jumping out to a 6-0, 3-0 lead.

But Ward, the son of a London cab driver, did not want to make a quick getaway on his Centre Court debut and held both arms aloft after finally getting on board.

The 177th-ranked wildcard went on a roll as he won three games on the trot but despite his fightback, he simply did not have enough weapons to stop Djokovic from setting up a second- round showdown with Frenchman Adrian Mannarino.

(With inputs from Reuters)

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