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Novak Djokovic begins defence of Wimbledon crown with straight sets victory over Philipp Kohlschreiber Novak Djokovic beat Philipp Kohlschreiber to reach second round of Wimbledon World No 1 came through the match in straight sets 6-3, 7-5, 6-3 on Centre Court Djokovic is defending the title he won in 2018 and hunting a 16th Grand Slam win 

By Riath Al-Samarrai for MailOnline

Published: 15:22 BST, 1 July 2019 | Updated: 15:32 BST, 1 July 2019

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After a couple of wobbles, Novak Djokovic started his Wimbledon assault with a strong win over Philipp Kohlschreiber in straight sets.

It wasn’t entirely comfortable owing to dropped service games in the early stages of each of the first and second sets.

But the response to both of those set-backs was rapid, with the Serbian ultimately going through 6-3, 7-5, 6-3 in a little over two hours.  

Novak Djokovic is into the second round of Wimbledon after beating Philipp Kohlschreiber

Novak Djokovic is into the second round of Wimbledon after beating Philipp Kohlschreiber

It took the World No 1 two hours and three minutes to defeat his German opponent

It took the World No 1 two hours and three minutes to defeat his German opponent

It was a good result in the consideration of the opposition, who is a former top-20 player and even at 35 holds a ranking of 57 in the world. Factor in that he beat Djokovic in straight sets at Indian Wells earlier this year and it was hardly the kindest of draws.

But Djokovic will take some beating this fortnight as he pursues a fifth title, even if the early signs here were mildly concerning.

Djokovic opened with a double fault and while that was immediately followed by an ace, he did give up

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