Wimbledon Championships 2017: Federer, Djokovic advance for Round 2

July 5, 2017

Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic said Wimbledon should consider rule changes after both their first-round opponents retired with injuries. Third seed Federer led 6-3, 3-0 when Ukrainian Alexandr Dolgopolov quit with an ankle injury after 43 minutes.

Second seed Djokovic progressed after a calf injury saw Martin Klizan pull out at 6-2 2-0 down on 40 minutes.

Both Klizan and Dolgopolov have struggled with injuries recently and their retirements were among seven in the men’s draw and one in the women’s over the first two days of the Championships.

The men’s tour, the ATP, introduced a rule at the start of 2017 that means a player can retire before a first-round match and retain their prize money.

A lucky loser then gets the place and money earned from qualifying, plus any further prize money accrued from the second round onwards. The rule is not in place at the four Grand Slam tournaments.

First-round losers at Wimbledon earn 35,000 pounds this year, potentially encouraging players to take to the Court when they know they are not fit enough to compete.

today’s matches

Round of 64: Men’s Singles

16           G. Muller             Vs           L. Rosol

12           J.Tsonga               Vs           S. Bolelli

28           F. Fognini             Vs           J. Vesely

7              M. Cilic  Vs           F. Mayer

1              A. Murray            Vs           D. Brown

18           R. Bautista Agut                Vs           P. Gojowczyk

14           L. Pouille              Vs           J. Janowicz

4              R. Nadal               Vs           D. Young


Round of 128: Women’s Singles

15           E. Vesnina           Vs           V. Azarenka

8              D. Cibulkova       Vs           J. Brady

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6              J. Konta                Vs           D. Vekic

13           J. Ostapenko      Vs           F. Abanda

18           A. Sevastova      Vs           H. Watson

10           V. Williams          Vs           Q. Wang

4              E. Svitolina          Vs           F. Schiavone

17           M. Keys                Vs           C. Giorgi

2              S. Halep                Vs           B. Haddad Maia

11           P. Kvitova            Vs           M. Brengle

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