Roger Federer wasted little time dismissing the challenge of home hope Jay Clarke at Wimbledon on Thursday, recording a straight-sets win in the second round.

The eight-time All England Club champion triumphed 6-1 7-6 (7-3) 6-2 on No.1 Court, apparently suffering none of the mobility issues that hampered him in the early stages of his opening victory over Lloyd Harris.

Federer complained his "legs weren't moving" as he lost the opening set to Harris on Tuesday, but the Swiss raced out of the blocks against British number four Clarke.

The 20-year-old was quickly made aware of the scale of the task at hand, failing to win a point on the Federer serve before dropping his own following three double faults.

He finally got off the mark in game four and took that momentum into the next, applying sufficient pressure to force a couple of Federer errors that left the 20-time grand slam winner facing two break points.

A delicious flicked forehand and an ace soon snuffed out the threat and Federer, competing in a record 21st Wimbledon, went on to comfortably seal the opening set inside 28 minutes.

Clarke, ranked 169th in the world, grew into the contest in the second set, honing his service game and varying his returns to make Federer work a little harder, both physically and mentally.

However, after dumping a sitter of a volley into the net to fall a mini-break down in the tie-break, Federer upped the tempo to reel off six of the next seven points, wrapping up the set with an ace down the middle.

That broke Clarke's spirited resistance and the third set saw normal service resume, Federer taking the first two games without dropping a point and ultimately getting the job done in a total match time of one hour and 37 minutes.

STATISTICAL BREAKDOWN
Roger Federer [2] bt Jay Clarke 6-1 7-6 (7-3) 6-2

WINNERS/UNFORCED ERRORS
Federer – 46/25
Clarke – 16/21

ACES/DOUBLE FAULTS
Federer – 10/2
Clarke – 1/7

BREAK POINTS WON
Federer – 4/5
Clarke – 0/2

FIRST SERVE PERCENTAGE
Federer – 63
Clarke – 58

PERCENTAGE OF POINTS WON ON FIRST/SECOND SERVE
Federer – 91/70
Clarke – 62/50

TOTAL POINTS
Federer – 98
Clarke – 61

Sloane Stephens expressed concern with the way Wimbledon "judged" Bernard Tomic in fining the Australian his full prize money for a defeat to Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.

Tomic was fined £45,000 after the match referee deemed he "did not meet the required professional standards" in a 58-minute reverse, the shortest men's match at the All England Club in 15 years.

The 26-year-old had similarly been punished for 'tanking' at Wimbledon in 2017.

Stephens, speaking after beating Wang Yafan in straight sets on Thursday, initially took offence to comparisons with Tomic's performances.

"Really? I was going to say: you compare me to him? That's really messed up, bro," she told a reporter.

But the American then suggested Tomic's punishment represented a problematic "slippery slope", also referring to Anna Tatishvili's £41,000 fine following a 6-0 6-1 French Open loss to Maria Sakkari.

"I could see if he lost 6-0 6-0 6-0, then that would be something," Stephens said. "But he won four games, he played a 6-4 set.

"I don't know. I didn't see it. I have no idea. Obviously that happened at the French Open, as well. That was with Tatishvili.

"I think now if the tournaments are going to be their own judge and they're going to do that... hmm, I can't say I'm 100 per cent on board with that.

"With Tatishvili, I saw some of it, she lost [6-0 6-1]. But she played Sakkari. She's not playing a scrub. I just don't know if I can be down with that.

"And with the whole back story about her protected ranking and all that stuff, as well, like being forced to play basically or you lose it, there is a lot that goes into it.

"It's a very slippery slope, and when you start doing that and being the judge of what happens and how people earn a living, that's when it gets a little tricky."

Novak Djokovic progressed into round three at Wimbledon, but Kyle Edmund and Stan Wawrinka were both dumped out on Wednesday.

Denis Kudla got the Centre Court crowd on side with some bright play and inventive shots against the defending champion, but Djokovic ultimately made light work of the Ukrainian-born American to win 6-3 6-2 6-2.

Edmund did not have the same luck earlier on Centre Court, however, as he gave up a two-set lead to lose 4-6 4-6 7-6 (7-3) 6-3 6-4 to Fernando Verdasco.

There was a bigger shock on No.2 Court, as Stan Wawrinka succumbed to a surprise defeat to American youngster Reilly Opelka.

Kevin Anderson got the better of Janko Tipsarevic, with teenager Felix Auger-Aliassime - seeded 19th - brushing aside Corentin Moutet, also in four sets.

Tenth-seed Karen Khachanov overcame a poor start to dispatch Queen's champion Feliciano Lopez 4-6 6-4 7-5 6-4, while Daniil Medvedev saw off qualifier Alexei Popyrin 6-7 (6-8) 6-1 6-4 6-4.

Seeds Milos Raonic, David Goffin, Roberto Bautista Agut and Benoit Paire also booked their places in round three.

DJOKOVIC'S TITLE DEFENCE RUNNING SMOOTHLY

World number one Djokovic had four match points against Kudla as the 26-year-old rallied to push the Serbian all the way in the final game.

A stray return into the net finally ended Kudla's resistance, however, and Djokovic was content with another convincing display as he hunts a fifth Wimbledon title.

"I'm pleased with my game overall. There were some moments in the match when I could have done better but it was a solid performance overall," Djokovic said.

"Ambitions are high and I've been fortunate in my career to do so well in grand slams. I have to think only about the next challenge and take things one step at a time."

 

BRITISH NUMBER ONE EDMUND BOWS OUT

Edmund started well on Centre Court, breezing through the first two sets 6-4 6-4, but a knee injury derailed his performance.

And despite playing on after receiving treatment, Edmund could not hold off Verdasco, who fought back to secure victory over three hours and 43 minutes.

"I am a little tired. It's never easy to beat a player like Kyle," Verdasco told BBC Sport after his win. "The match was pretty complicated in the first and second set, and I was just trying to stay in the match and keep fighting, even if things weren't going my way but I was able to come back slowly point after point."

 

WAWRINKA PRAGMATIC AFTER EARLY EXIT

Wawrinka has not been beyond the second round at SW19 since 2015 and the 34-year-old Swiss took his early exit on the chin after Opelka consigned him to a 7-5 3-6 4-6 6-4 8-6 loss.

"I never said I was ready to win Wimbledon. I said that was my goal. I come every year with the challenge to play the best I can. I played in the quarter-final twice," said Wawrinka, who has won the other three majors.

"If not, I lost first round, second round. I know how tough it is to win a grand slam. I'm really happy with everything I've achieved all my career by winning three grand slams in the same era of the big four."

Novak Djokovic eased into the third round at Wimbledon with a 6-3 6-2 6-2 victory over Denis Kudla on Centre Court.

Kudla made defending champion Djokovic work in Wednesday's encounter, though the top seed clicked through the gears impressively to keep his opponent at arm's length.

After dropping three straight games at 5-0 in the first set, Djokovic, who won seven break points in total, redeemed himself with some delightful shots in the second.

Two breaks of serve put the four-time Wimbledon champion well in control in the final set, and though Kudla showed some late resistance – much to the joy of the crowd – Djokovic wrapped up the win to book a third-round meeting with Hubert Hurkacz.

Djokovic raced into a five-game lead in the first set, though his charge was stopped when Kudla held his serve before breaking.

Kudla followed that up by winning a third-successive game, but his opponent swiftly regained his composure to round off the set. 

A cheeky, through-the-legs drop shot from Djokovic almost caught Kudla cold in the second set, though the 26-year-old scampered to his right to win a point that ultimately proved fruitless as the world number one aced his next serve to win the set.

Having broken serve twice to take a 5-2 lead in the third set, Djokovic looked set to cruise home, but Kudla managed to stall the Serbian with some fantastic shots of his own.

Kudla's efforts finally proved in vain, however, when he clipped a tame return into the net on the fourth match point.

 

STATISTICAL BREAKDOWN
Novak Djokovic [1] bt Denis Kudla.6-3 6-2 6-2.

WINNERS/UNFORCED ERRORS
Djokovic - 37/18
Kudla - 22/22

ACES/DOUBLE FAULTS
Djokovic - 13/2
Kudla - 3/4

BREAK POINTS WON
Djokovic - 7/13
Kudla - 2/5

FIRST SERVE PERCENTAGE
Djokovic - 67
Kudla - 67

PERCENTAGE OF POINTS WON ON FIRST/SECOND SERVE
Djokovic - 80/54
Kudla - 55/28

TOTAL POINTS
Djokovic - 93
Kudla - 56

Stan Wawrinka became the latest big name to suffer an early exit from Wimbledon as he went down to tournament debutant Reilly Opelka in the second round.

Wawrinka - who has never won Wimbledon and has now failed to reach the third round for four straight years - looked on course for a routine win after fighting back from losing the first set.

But Opelka rallied to clinch a 7-5 3-6 4-6 6-4 8-6 victory in three hours and 13 minutes.

World number 19 Wawrinka started Wednesday's encounter on No.2 Court in sluggish fashion, with the American breaking serve in the 11th game.

Opelka could not keep up his form in the next two sets, however, but the 2015 boys' champion broke the Swiss star – seeded at 22 - again to force a fifth set.

And after Opelka held his nerve on serve to edge into a 7-6 lead, the 21-year-old made the most of three match points when Wawrinka sent a weak forehand shot into the net.

Wawrinka joins the likes of Alexander Zverev, Stefanos Tsitsipas and French Open finalist Dominic Thiem, in slumping out in the opening rounds.

Opelka, meanwhile, will face Robin Haase or Milos Raonic in his next match.

Andy Murray and Serena Williams must overcome a recent grand slam doubles winner in their first match together at Wimbledon.

The eye-catching team of British star Murray and American Williams boast impeccable singles credentials but have plenty to prove as a partnership and will begin with a clash against Germany's Andreas Mies and American-born Chilean Alexa Guarachi.

Guarachi is a doubles specialist who has spent much of her career on the second-tier ITF tour, but Mies was a French Open champion last month with compatriot Kevin Krawietz.

The winners of that match will tackle France's Fabrice Martin and American Raquel Atawo in round two, after the 14th seeds were given a first-round bye.

Jamie Murray teams up with Bethanie Mattek-Sands in another potent British-American combination, one that delivered grand slam success when they won the US Open together last September.

They start against Britons Joe Salisbury and Katy Dunne, with third seeds Mate Pavic and Gabriela Dabrowski waiting in round two.

The Murray brothers feature in opposite halves of the draw so could not meet across the net until the final. Serena and Venus Williams could go head to head in the semi-finals.

Venus has never won the Wimbledon mixed doubles, unlike Serena who partnered Max Mirnyi to the title in the 1998 championships.

Venus will be looking to achieve the feat at the age of 39, pairing up with fellow American Frances Tiafoe, a 21-year-old talent, and they play the unheralded British duo of Scott Clayton and Sarah Beth Grey.

The surprise singles conqueror of Venus Williams has also entered the mixed doubles, with 15-year-old American Cori Gauff pairing up with Britain's Jay Clarke.

Gauff and Clarke tackle 42-year-old Swede Robert Lindstedt and former French Open singles champion Jelena Ostapenko.

Finland's Henri Kontinen and Briton Heather Watson won the mixed doubles at Wimbledon in 2016 and were runners-up a year later. On their latest SW19 mission, they play Marcelo Demoliner and Abigail Spears.

Andy Murray is relishing a "great opportunity" to play mixed doubles with the legendary Serena Williams at Wimbledon.

It was confirmed on Tuesday that Williams will partner Murray after the likes of world number one Ashleigh Barty turned the Brit down.

Murray won the men's doubles title at Queen's Club with Feliciano Lopez on his return from hip resurfacing surgery and will team up with Pierre-Hugues Herbert at the All England Club.

The three-time grand slam champion is determined to make the most of his chance to link up with American great Williams - who beat Giulia Gatto-Monticone in her opening singles match at SW19 on Tuesday - in his home major.

Murray told STV: "It's a great opportunity, so I'll look forward to it.

"It's great, I'm just happy to be fit and healthy again and after what's happened in the last year or so, you don't know what's round the corner."

Murray's mother, Judy, will not be missing the chance to see her son combine with 23-time major champion Williams.

She told Radio Wimbledon: "It's tremendous. I would never have imagined that was going to happen ever, so what a wonderful opportunity.

"The public love the mixed doubles because you see a lot more smiling in mixed doubles and it's a lot of fun, but you only get mixed doubles in the grand slams so there are very few opportunities to actually play it.

"For Andy I don't think he's played mixed since the Olympics here in 2012 with Laura Robson when they got the silver medal. Maybe in the IPTL - the international tennis leagues - he may have played a little bit, but certainly not in a grand slam since 2006 when he played with Kirsten Flipkens."

Asked about his grandmother, who jokingly put herself forward as a potential doubles partner, Judy Murray said she would approve of the Serena partnership.

"She'll be absolutely glued to the telly watching that," she said.

Rafael Nadal set up an eagerly-awaited Wimbledon showdown with Nick Kyrgios and Roger Federer recovered from a shaky start to reach the second round, but Sam Querrey knocked Dominic Thiem out on day two.

Nadal was labelled "super salty" by Kyrgios before the Spaniard peppered his opponents at the French Open, winning the title for a 12th time at Roland Garros last month.

Third seed Nadal eased to a 6-3 6-1 6-3 victory over Yuichi Sugita on No.1 Court on Tuesday and will now face controversial Australian Kyrgios, who got past compatriot Jordan Thompson in five sets.

Eight-time champion Federer came from a set down to defeat Lloyd Harris 3-6 6-1 6-2 6-2 on Centre Court, while Querrey shocked French Open runner-up Thiem.

Bernard Tomic denied 'tanking' after he was dispatched 6-2 6-1 6-4 by Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in only 58 minutes - the shortest men's singles match at the All England Club since 2004.

 

 

KYRGIOS READY TO 'HAVE SOME FUN' AGAINST NADAL

Kyrgios was bagelled in the fourth set by Thompson before winning the final set 6-1 in a typically unpredictable performance.

Nadal and Kyrgios have beaten each other three times in their six encounters and the world number 43 is relishing their next battle at SW19, where he came out on top in their first meeting five years ago.

"I have to come with the right attitude, I have to be willing to fight. If not, it's going to be butter for him. He's one of the best tennis players," said Kyrgios.

"I'm not going to think about it. I need to rest, recover, I have a day out, then I want to go out there and have some fun."

 

MY LEGS WEREN'T MOVING - NO EXPRESS START FROM FED

Second seed Federer was not at his imperious best in his opening match of the tournament, dropping the first set to the 86-ranked South African Harris.

Normal service was resumed as the 20-time grand slam champion got into the groove, hitting 42 winners and breaking six times to book a meeting with British outsider Jay Clarke.

"I didn't feel necessarily nervous at all during the day before. I think once I got going, just legs weren't moving and things were not happening," Federer said.

 

THIEM RUES LACK OF TIME

In consecutive seasons, Thiem has reached the French Open final and then lost his first match at Wimbledon, this time to Querrey 6-7 (4-7) 7-6 (7-1) 6-3 6-0.

And the world number four acknowledged he suffered from a lack of time on grass.

"There's still things which are not easy," the Austrian said. "Last year and this year together, I played four grass-court matches, which is not a lot at all. And the clay-court season takes a lot out of me.

"I gave everything I had physically and also mentally in the six weeks up to the end of the French Open. Then I had to take the decision to come here without any preparation."

Andy Murray's management team have confirmed the Briton will partner Serena Williams in this year's mixed doubles at Wimbledon.

Both Murray, who has already committed to playing in the men's doubles with Pierre-Hugues Herbert as he continues his recovery from hip resurfacing surgery, and Williams had previously teased the possibility of teaming up in a stunningly high-profile pairing.

Williams sparked laughter in a news conference on Tuesday after her opening-round singles win over Giulia Gatto-Monticone, when she was asked about playing alongside Murray and told reporters: "If you guys really want it, then maybe I'll do it."

Soon after, an adviser to Murray confirmed to Omnisport that the two-time Wimbledon champion would join forces with Williams at the All England Club.

The news is sure to spark huge interest given the respective profiles of both players.

Williams has won 23 slam singles titles and is widely regarded as one of the greatest players in history, while Murray became the first British man in 77 years to win Wimbledon when he claimed his first title at SW19 in 2013.

While she did not confirm her partnership with Murray in her briefing, Williams, who also holds 14 slam doubles crowns and two in the mixed, did discuss their friendship.

"We're a lot alike on the court. I've always liked that about him," said the American.

"His work ethic is just honestly off the charts. That's something I've always respected about him. His fitness, everything.

"To do what he's done in an era where there's so many other great male tennis players, so much competition, to rise above it, not many people have done it. He's actually one of the few.

"There's so many things to be admired. Above all, he really stands out, he really speaks up about women's issues no matter what. You can tell he has a really strong woman in his life. I think above all that is just fantastic."

Williams' two mixed doubles titles in slams both came back in 1998, when she won at Wimbledon and the US Open alongside Max Mirnyi.

Andy Murray's management team have confirmed the Briton will partner Serena Williams in this year's mixed doubles at Wimbledon.

Rafael Nadal will face Nick Kyrgios in the second round at Wimbledon after easing to a straight-sets defeat of Yuichi Sugita.

Nadal was broken in the first game of the match but cruised to a 6-3 6-1 6-3 victory in two hours on No.1 Court.

The world number two was described by Kyrgios as "super salty" before the French Open, which Nadal won for a 12th time last month, and he will get the chance to let his tennis do the talking when they meet at SW19.

Nadal struggled with his first serve but struck 26 winners and broke six times to cruise through, nine years after winning the last of his two titles at the All England Club.

Sugita was gifted a break by three forehand unforced errors in the opening game but that was as good as it got for the 274-ranked Japanese outsider.

Nadal, disgruntled at being the third rather than second seed due to Roger Federer's grass-court prowess, saved three break points to avoid going 3-0 down before getting into his stride to take the upper hand.

The 18-time grand slam champion broke twice to take the first set and was a double break up at 3-0 in the third after Sugita was twice left to rue stray backhands. 

A dominant Nadal unleashed a thunderous forehand to end the second set and although Sugita made a fight of it in the third, he looked spent when he blasted a forehand long to trail 5-3, giving Nadal the opportunity to serve out the match with the minimum of fuss.

 

STATISTICAL BREAKDOWN
Rafael Nadal [3] bt Yuichi Sugita.6-3 6-1 6-3

WINNERS/UNFORCED ERRORS
Nadal - 26/24
Sugita - 18/31

ACES/DOUBLE FAULTS
Nadal - 11/2
Sugita - 4/2

BREAK POINTS WON
Nadal - 6/15
Sugita - 1/5

FIRST SERVE PERCENTAGE
Nadal - 56
Sugita - 65

PERCENTAGE OF POINTS WON ON FIRST/SECOND SERVE
Nadal - 78/58
Sugita - 54/50

TOTAL POINTS
Nadal - 95
Sugita - 67

Novak Djokovic and Simone Biles have been named Laureus World Sportsman and Sportswoman of the Year respectively.

ATP world number one Djokovic beat fellow nominees Lewis Hamilton, LeBron James, Kylian Mbappe, Luka Modric and Eliud Kipchoge to claim the award for the fourth time – only Roger Federer has won it more.

The rejuvenated Serbian recovered from a loss of form and persistent elbow injury to win Wimbledon and the US Open in 2018, earning a return to the top of the rankings.

Djokovic said: "A Laureus Award is what every athlete wants to win, and this one is a huge honour for me. Being among so many sporting greats here tonight, and hearing about the inspirational work Laureus is doing around the world, gives this Award a special meaning for me.

"Last year was an incredible season for me, returning from injury to win Wimbledon and the US Open is something I'll remember forever. I am delighted and I would like to thank the Laureus Academy for their support."

Biles became the first woman to win a fourth all-around title at the 2018 World Artistic Gymnastic Championships.

The American claimed a record-breaking four golds – she has now amassed an unprecedented 14 at the worlds – in Doha and added one silver and a bronze.

Naomi Osaka received the World Breakthrough of the Year award after claiming her first grand slam title at the US Open, while Didier Deschamps accepted the prize for World Team of the Year on behalf of FIFA World Cup winners France.

Former Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger was given the Lifetime Achievement award and Cesc Fabregas, Alessandro Del Piero, Luis Figo and Fabio Capello were among those to give him a guard of honour at the ceremony in Monaco.

Skiing great Lindsey Vonn received recognition for her illustrious career in the shape of the Spirit of Sport Award.

Novak Djokovic secured a record-breaking seventh Australian Open title in ruthless fashion on Sunday, dismantling Rafael Nadal 6-3 6-2 6-3 in Melbourne. 

Andy Murray wants to retire after Wimbledon but the former world number one is not sure if he can make it through the Australian Open due to his troublesome hip.

Murray was in tears at Melbourne Park on Friday as the five-time Australian Open runner-up revealed the year's opening grand slam could be his last tournament.

The 31-year-old and three-time major champion – set to face Roberto Bautista Agut in the first round – played just 12 matches in 2018 after undergoing hip surgery at the start of the year.

An emotional Murray – who briefly left the news conference to compose himself before returning – told reporters: "Not feeling good. Been struggling for a long time... I'm not sure I can play through the pain for another four or five months.

"Pretty much done everything that I could to try and get my hip feeling better and it hasn't helped loads... I think there is a chance the Australian Open is my last tournament."

Murray, who struggled against world number one Novak Djokovic in a practice match on Thursday, added: "I can play with limitations. But having the limitations and the pain is not allowing me to enjoy competing or training.

"Wimbledon is where I would like to stop playing but I am not certain I am able to do that."

Serena Williams will return to the Australian Open in 2019 as she goes in search of a record-equalling 24th grand slam title.

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