Federer, Djokovic benefit from Wimbledon retirements

July 4, 2017 at 9:33 p.m.

Switzerland's Roger Federer returns a shot to Ukraine's Alexandr Dolgopolov during their men's singles Match at the Wimbledon in London on Tuesday.

Switzerland's Roger Federer returns a shot to Ukraine's Alexandr Dolgopolov during their men's singles Match at the Wimbledon in London on Tuesday.   AP for The Victoria Advocate

LONDON (AP) - Novak Djokovic's first-round match at Wimbledon lasted all of 40 minutes Tuesday.

Roger Federer's, which was next in the All England Club's main stadium, went 43.

When two of tennis' biggest stars crossed paths after both advanced when opponents stopped playing because of pre-existing injuries, they kidded each other about a way to try to make it up to the fans.

"We had a little joke about it in the locker room," Djokovic recounted, "saying we should maybe play a practice set on the Centre Court, have the crowd stay."

The short workdays for the two were quite similar. Djokovic led 6-3, 2-0 when Martin Klizan retired with a left leg problem that has bothered him for about two months; Federer was ahead 6-3, 3-0 when Alexandr Dolgopolov quit because of a painful right ankle he first twisted last month.

Those still go into the books as wins, allowing Federer to collect his 85th at Wimbledon, breaking a tie with Jimmy Connors for the most in the Open era. Djokovic picked up his 234th match victory at all majors, moving ahead of Connors and alone into second place in history, behind only Federer's 315.

But the way the afternoon went meant Centre Court spectators who paid 56 pounds (more than $70) per ticket, some of them waiting in line for hours, got only brief glimpses of seven-time champion Federer or three-time champion Djokovic. They did, however, have the opportunity to watch a pair of top women, current No. 1 Angelique Kerber and former No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki, win full-length matches.

"I feel for the crowd. They're there to watch good tennis. Proper tennis. At least they see the two of us, who gave it all they had. They saw other players that tried, at least," Federer said. "It's unfortunate that it happened."

Two other men also stopped mid-match Tuesday, 19th-seeded Feliciano Lopez (left foot) and Janko Tipsarevic (right leg), bringing the first-round retirement total to seven. That equals 2008 for the most by men in the first round during the 50 editions of Wimbledon in the Open era.

A first-round loser at Wimbledon earns $35,000 pounds (about $45,000).

"Unless you're (in the) top 10 ... it's significant money," said Dolgopolov, who is ranked 84th.

Tipsarevic, Dolgopolov, Djokovic and Federer all said they would like to see the majors follow the ATP's lead.

At Centre Court on Tuesday, Federer and Djokovic had an easy go of things. Kerber, last year's runner-up to Serena Williams at the All England Club, had more to do to get past Irina Falconi of the U.S. 6-4, 6-4, and Wozniacki, a two-time U.S. Open finalist, needed three full sets to edge Timea Babos 6-4, 4-6, 6-1.

Wimbledon Results

Tuesday

Purse: $41.1 million (Grand Slam)

Surface: Grass-Outdoor

Ernests Gulbis, Latvia, def. Victor Estrella Burgos, Dominican Republic, 6-1, 6-1, 6-2.

Mikhail Youzhny, Russia, def. Nicolas Mahut, France, 6-2, 7-5, 6-4.

Mischa Zverev (27), Germany, def. Bernard Tomic, Australia, 6-4, 6-3, 6-4.

Kyle Edmund, Britain, def. Alexander Ward, Britain, 4-6, 6-3, 6-2, 6-1.

David Ferrer, Spain, def. Richard Gasquet (22), France, 6-3, 6-4, 5-7, 6-2.

Mikhail Kukushkin, Kazakhstan, def. Taro Daniel, Japan, 4-6, 6-4, 7-6 (4), 6-2.

Steve Darcis, Belgium, def. Ricardas Berankis, Lithuania, 4-6, 6-3, 2-6, 6-4, 6-3.

Adam Pavlasek, Czech Republic, def. Ernesto Escobedo, United States, 6-7 (7), 6-1, 6-3, 6-1.

Juan Martin del Potro (29), Argentina, def. Thanasi Kokkinakis, Australia, 6-3, 3-6, 7-6 (2), 6-4.

Radu Albot, Moldova, def. Facundo Bagnis, Argentina, 4-6, 6-4, 7-6 (9), 7-6 (3).

Gael Monfils (15), France, def. Daniel Brands, Germany, 6-3, 7-5, 6-4.

Albert Ramos-Vinolas (25), Spain, def. Jordan Thompson, Australia, 6-4, 6-4, 7-6 (4).

Novak Djokovic (2), Serbia, def. Martin Klizan, Slovakia, 6-3, 2-0 (30-0), retired.

Milos Raonic (6), Canada, def. Jan-Lennard Struff, Germany, 7-6 (5), 6-2, 7-6 (4).

Andrey Rublev, Russia, def. Stefano Travaglia, Italy, 6-7 (3), 6-3, 7-5, 1-6, 7-5.

Gilles Simon, France, def. Nicolas Jarry, Chile, 7-6 (4), 6-3, 6-3.

Roger Federer (3), Switzerland, def. Alexandr Dolgopolov, Ukraine, 6-3, 3-0 (30-30), retired.

Alexander Zverev (10), Germany, def. Evgeny Donskoy, Russia, 6-4, 7-6 (3), 6-3.

Marcos Baghdatis, Cyprus, def. James Ward, Britain, 6-4, 6-4, 6-3.

Jack Sock (17), United States, def. Christian Garin, Chile, 6-3, 4-6, 7-6 (4), 6-3.

Yuichi Sugita, Japan, def. Brydan Klein, Britain, 7-6 (5), 6-3, 6-0.

Dusan Lajovic, Serbia, def. Stefanos Tsitsipas, Greece, 6-4, 6-4, 6-4.

Sebastian Ofner, Austria, def. Thomaz Bellucci, Brazil, 6-2, 6-3, 6-2.

Ryan Harrison, United States, def. Borna Coric, Croatia, 7-6 (4), 6-4, 7-6 (6).

Jared Donaldson, United States, def. Janko Tipsarevic, Serbia, 5-0, retired.

Grigor Dimitrov (13), Bulgaria, def. Diego Schwartzman, Argentina, 7-6 (4), 6-2, 6-2.

Dominic Thiem (8), Austria, def. Vasek Pospisil, Canada, 6-4, 6-4, 6-3.

John Isner (23), United States, def. Taylor Fritz, United States, 6-4, 7-6 (3), 6-3.

Tomas Berdych (11), Czech Republic, def. Jeremy Chardy, France, 6-3, 3-6, 7-6 (4), 6-4.

Frances Tiafoe, United States, def. Robin Haase, Netherlands, 6-3, 3-6, 7-6 (5), 7-5.

Adrian Mannarino, France, def. Feliciano Lopez (19), Spain, 5-7, 6-1, 6-1, 4-3, retired.

Dudi Sela, Israel, def. Marcel Granollers, Spain, 4-6, 6-3, 1-6, 6-2, 6-1.

Paolo Lorenzi (32), Italy, leads Horacio Zeballos, Argentina, 7-6 (3), 4-6, 7-6 (8), 2-2, susp., darkness.

Women

First Round

Tatjana Maria, Germany, def. Anastasia Potapova, Russia, 6-3, 2-2, retired.

CoCo Vandeweghe (24), United States, def. Mona Barthel, Germany, 7-5, 6-2.

Sorana Cirstea, Romania, def. Kiki Bertens (23), Netherlands, 7-6 (4), 7-5.

Magdalena Rybarikova, Slovakia, def. Monica Niculescu, Romania, 6-4, 6-1.

Angelique Kerber (1), Germany, def. Irina Falconi, United States, 6-4, 6-4.

Kirsten Flipkens, Belgium, def. Misaki Doi, Japan, 6-4, 6-3.

Bethanie Mattek-Sands, United States, def. Magda Linette, Poland, 1-6, 6-2, 6-3.

Arina Rodionova, Australia, def. Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (16), Russia, 3-6, 7-6 (6), 9-7.

Garbine Muguruza (14), Spain, def. Ekaterina Alexandrova, Russia, 6-2, 6-4.

Varvara Lepchenko, United States, def. Lauren Davis (28), United States, 6-4, 7-5.

Zarina Diyas, Kazakhstan, def. Han Xinyun, China, 6-3, 6-4.

Viktorija Golubic, Switzerland, def. Zhang Shuai (30), China, 6-3, 6-7 (2), 6-1.

Petra Martic, Croatia, def. Daria Gavrilova (20), Australia, 6-4, 2-6, 10-8.

Polona Hercog, Slovenia, def. Annika Beck, Germany, 6-2, 6-1.

Yanina Wickmayer, Belgium, def. Kateryna Bondarenko, Ukraine, 6-2, 7-5.

Agnieszka Radwanska (9), Poland, def. Jelena Jankovic, Serbia, 7-6 (3), 6-0.

Denisa Allertova, Czech Republic, def. Risa Ozaki, Japan, 7-6 (5), 2-6, 6-3.

Karolina Pliskova (3), Czech Republic, def. Evgeniya Rodina, Russia, 6-1, 6-4.

Christina McHale, United States, def. Katie Boulter, Britain, 3-6, 7-5, 6-3.

Shelby Rogers, United States, def. Julia Boserup, United States, 6-3, 4-6, 6-3.

Daria Kasatkina (29), Russia, def. Zheng Saisai, China, 6-2, 6-4.

Alison Riske, United States, def. Sloane Stephens, United States, 6-2, 7-5.

Anett Kontaveit, Estonia, def. Lara Arruabarrena, Spain, 6-2, 6-4.

Kristina Mladenovic (12), France, def. Pauline Parmentier, France, 6-1, 6-3.

Timea Bacsinszky (19), Switzerland, def. Monica Puig, Puerto Rico, 6-1, 3-6, 6-0.

Lesia Tsurenko, Ukraine, def. Julia Goerges, Germany, 6-7 (5), 7-6 (8), 6-4.

Caroline Wozniacki (5), Denmark, def. Timea Babos, Hungary, 6-4, 4-6, 6-1.

Lucie Safarova (32), Czech Republic, def. Oceane Dodin, France, 6-2, 6-2.

Tsvetana Pironkova, Bulgaria, def. Sara Errani, Italy, 6-1, 6-4.

Svetlana Kuznetsova (7), Russia, def. Ons Jabeur, Tunisia, 6-3, 6-2.

Ekaterina Makarova, Russia, def. Alison Van Uytvanck, Belgium, 6-3, 6-1.

Kristina Kucova, Slovakia, def. Bianca Andreescu, Canada, 6-4, 6-3.

Wimbledon Show Court Schedules

Wednesday

Play begins on Centre Court and No. 1 Court at 8 a.m. EDT;

all other courts at 6:30 a.m.

Johanna Konta (6), Britain, vs. Donna Vekic, Croatia

Andy Murray (1), Britain, vs. Dustin Brown, Germany

Rafael Nadal (4), Spain, vs. Donald Young, United States

No. 1 Court

Kei Nishikori (9), Japan, vs. Sergiy Stakhovsky, Ukraine

Wang Qiang, China, vs. Venus Williams (10), United States

Beatriz Haddad Maia, Brazil, vs. Simona Halep (2), Romania

No. 2 Court

Heather Watson, Britain, vs. Anastasija Sevastova (18), Latvia

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (12), France, vs. Simone Bolelli, Italy

Florian Mayer, Germany, vs. Marin Cilic (7), Croatia

No. 3 Court

Elena Vesnina (15), Russia, vs. Victoria Azarenka, Belarus

Aljaz Bedene, Britain, vs. Damir Dzumhur, Bosnia-Herzegovina

Jerzy Janowicz, Poland, vs. Lucas Pouille (14), France

Camila Giorgi, Italy, vs. Madison Keys (17), United States

Court 12

Lukas Rosol, Czech Republic, vs. Gilles Muller (16), Luxembourg

Jiri Vesely, Czech Republic, vs. Fabio Fognini (28), Italy

Francesca Schiavone, Italy, vs. Elina Svitolina (4), Ukraine

Jelena Ostapenko (13), Latvia, vs. Francoise Abanda, Canada


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