World No. 1 and defending champion Novak Djokovic Â brought a childâ€™s golf club with him to his 6-3, 6-3, 6-1 victory over former No. 1 Juan Carlos Ferrero.
The Serbian pulled out the golf club out of his racquet bag and placed it on the sideline as he entered Centre Court.
â€œIt was a little joke we wanted to do with my sponsor, Head, Djokovic said. â€œ They provided me with a junior golf club.Â They have, I don’t know if you noticed, but all the Head players, they have the bags which look like golf bags because you can place them the way the golf bag is standing, you know.
So it was a little funny thing.Â Being creative, that’s all.Â But fans corrected me right away.Â They said, This is not a golf course.Â I said, Okay.â€
After Djokovic had to recover from a break down in the opening set against Ferreo and had few problems after that.
“Today, I take the break very early. But he (broke) me again, very fast,” said the Ferrero.
Djokovic will take on 48th-ranked Ryan Harrison of Bradenton, Fla., a 20-year-old who defeated Yen-hsun Lu of Taiwan 4-6, 6-3, 6-4, 6-2 in the second round.
Six-time Wimbledon Champ Federer had an easy time with Spainâ€™s Albert Ramos 6-1, 6-1, 6-1.
Federer was asked about the domination of the big three (Djokovic, Nadal and Federer) Federer over the last 29 majors: â€œI don’t know.Â I guess mental, physical, and talent, putting those three things together.Â It is incredible to what degree we have been able to not only win the slams, but also in the Masters 1000s.
â€œI think you can include Andy Murray to those as well obviously because he’s won a ton of those.Â It seems like it’s really hard for other players to break through really on a slam level or a Masters 1000 level.
â€œIt’s interesting.Â It gives great â€‘ how shall I say â€‘ it shows how solid we’ve been over the last years, how hard it is to break through, but how hard it is to stay at the top.
â€œI put it down to hard work, talent, and again the mental and physical abilities to also win on poorer days.â€
Federer will play Italyâ€™s Fabio Fognini in the second round.
French Open champion Maria Sharapova dominated Australian Anastasia Rodionova 6-2, 6-3.
Sharapova is happy to be back at Wimbledon:â€Yeah, the first one’s always tricky, said the Russian. â€œTo go out there after not competing for a couple weeks, the transition from clay to grass, I thought I started off the match really well.Â Had a few letdowns towards the end of both of those sets.
Overall I’m pretty happy with the way I performed, especially for a first match, not having matches coming in.
â€œWell, it’s always a very nice feeling for me to be back on Centre Court.Â It’s been a year.Â It’s such a special place for me.Â You know, it’s quiet, but it’s a very understated, nice feeling to be out there.
â€œIt’s certainly the best gift I could have received at this time in my career.Â I certainly worked hard for it.Â My comeback wasn’t the easiest.Â Wasn’t a Cinderella story, that’s for sure.Â Took a lot of tough days and losses and some wins to get to that moment.Â But you realize when you actually do get there that it’s worth it.
â€œAll of those situations you’re put in and put through, if you come out of them, it’s a nice prize on the other side.â€
Sharapova will play Tsvetana PironkovaÂ in the second round.