Number one seeds Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams managed to avoid second round drama on Day Four of Wimbledon 2013 and ease through.
Djokovic was tested early in his match with American qualifier Bobby Reynolds and needed a tie-break to win the first set.
Reynolds fought valiantly under the Centre Court roof, as rain late in the afternoon ended play on the outside courts early, but the 2011 champion was too good for his opponent from there on and he eased through 7-6(2) 6-3 6-1 to book a third round berth.
Women’s number one Serena Williams was first out on No.1 Court and took advantage of the sunshine to despatch her opponent Caroline Garcia and go on to the third round.
The 19-year-old Frenchwoman is a good prospect and many around the tournament are expecting big things of her in the future, but Williams was not about to help add to her reputation.
Going for her sixth Wimbledon title, Williams was not at her best but overpowered her opponent to win 6-3 6-2 and set up a third round meeting with 42-year-old Kimiko Date-Krumm – who became the oldest woman to make it to the third round since the open era began in 1969 when she defeated Romanian Alexandru Cadantu 6-4 7-5.
Williams’ biggest threat to a sixth title is number four seed Agnieszka Radwanska, beaten in last year’s final by the American, who overcame a rain delay to defeat France’s Mathilde Johansson 6-1 6-3.
The Pole’s match was interrupted by the start of the rain but the Centre Court roof came to her rescue and she insished the job without much fuss.
The first match on Centre Court saw one of Djokovic’s potential stumbling blocks on route to the final, as Juan Martin del Potro was in dominant mood in defeating Canada’s Jesse Levine.
Other than a blip early in the second set, the Argentine gave his opponent no breathing space with his big serving and massive forehands.
Del Potro has struggled with consistency on grass but looks to be improving with each match at the All England Club – he won in straight sets 62- 7-6(7) 6-3.
Richard Gasquet is another in this side of the draw who could cause problems; the eighth seed was largely untroubled by Go Soeda of Japan and brushed off a third-set tie-break blip to come through 6-0 6-3 6-7(5) 6-3.
Germany’s Sabine Lisicki looked in good form and could spring a surprise or two – the 23rd seed’s serve was firing as she defeated this year’s winner from Eastbourne, Elena Vesnina of Russia 6-3 6-1.
Men’s seventh seed Tomas Berdych is also looking in good nick and suffered few problems in coming through 7-6(6) 6-4 6-2 winner over Daniel Brands of Germany.
Great Britain’s Laura Robson was scheduled to play last on Court Two but the rain put paid to her match and she will now play her second round tie with Colombian Mariana Duque-Marino first up on Centre Court.
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