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Wimbledon 2016 day 1 : Novak Djokovic extends grand slam unbeaten first-round win

The Serb extended his winning streak to 29 successive victories with a 6-0 7-6 (7-3) 6-4 over outclassed Englishman James Ward.
Chasing a fifth straight major - a feat not achieved since American Don Budge strung together six in 1937-38 - Djokovic overcame a mid-match lapse to throttle Ward.
Ranked 177th in the world, Ward threatened to pinch a set after overcoming paralysing nervousness on centre court.
Djokovic completed a career grand slam at the French Open this month and, with a fourth Wimbledon triumph, would maintain the world champion’s hopes of completing a calendar grand slam.
Djokovic, 29, is chasing a third straight Winbledon crown and a 13th career major.
Stosur's reward is a showdown on Wednesday with former finalist Sabine Lisicki, who looked ominous in dispatching rising American Shelby Rogers 6-1 6-3 in less than an hour.
Seeded 14th after her run to this month's French Open semi-finals, Stosur offset four aces with six double-faults but dropped serve just once in the 77-minute workout.
The former US Open champion was playing her first grand slam match under new coach Andrew Roberts, the Tasmanian helping Stosur during the grasscourt season following her split from long-time mentor David Taylor.
Roberts would have been impressed with Stosur's confident start as she held her opening two service games to love before breaking Linette to charge ahead 3-1.
But as the errors began to creep in, Stosur dropped serve and appeared to be heading to a tiebreaker until breaking the world No.92 for a second time to nab the opening set after 44 minutes.
Stosur cruised through the second set without facing a break point and clinched victory with an ace.
Sam Groth is the only other Australian in action on the opening day, up against Japanese fifth seed Kei Nishikori.
Big guns Nick Kyrgios and Bernard Tomic, seeded 15th and 19th respectively in the men's event, plus John Millman, Jordan Thompson, qualifiers Luke Saville and Matt Barton and Daria Gavrilova all play on Tuesday.



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