Djokovic fends off Mayer to make solid start
Top seed Novak Djokovic made a solid start in his bid to win a second Wimbledon title as he cruised through on Centre Court.
The Serbian won 6-3 7-5 6-4 against Germany's Florian Mayer, the same player he beat in the quarter-finals last year.
Djokovic, now 26, was beaten by Roger Federer in the last four 12 months ago and lost his position at the top of the rankings to the Swiss, but he has since re-established himself on top of the world and had cause to be pleased by his start to his ninth Wimbledon.
Djokovic said: "It was a big pleasure again to perform here on Centre Court in front of a packed crowd. For the first round it was tricky because Florian Mayer is a very good opponent with a good quality and good variety of shots and I think he is well suited to grass so it took a lot of effort.
"There are still a few things I would like to do better on the court. I could serve better. But generally my game is there of course. It's normal in the first round that I'm still trying to find my rhythm."
Djokovic was asked whether he thought Rafael Nadal, knocked out yesterday by Belgian Steve Darcis in the first major upset of the men's draw, might focus on clay during future seasons and steer clear of grass.
"I don't think so," Djokovic said afterwards.
"Looking at his results here - he won two titles and reached several finals. He likes this surface and plays really well. He was unfortunate in the last two years in having good opponents and that's sport: you cannot win them all."