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LONDON -- Seven-time champion Roger Federer needed a moment to find his way before unleashing his textbook grass game on Dusan Lajovic, producing a 7-6 (7-0), 6-3, 6-2 win at Wimbledon on Thursday to move into the third round.
The third-seeded Federer, who is aiming for a 19th Grand Slam title, lost the first six points of the match and his first service game before establishing his deadly rhythm.
The 35-year-old took command with a 7-0 tiebreak sweep and then had his way throughout in the Centre Court showpiece.
"I struggled to find the right rhythm at the start of the game but never panicked," Federer said. "I knew that I had time to find my marks.
"As I hoped, I managed to free myself, play more inspired. I then played a very good match."
Federer reached the Wimbledon third round for the 15th time.
Novak Djokovic lived up to his second seeding as he mowed down 136th-ranked Adam Pavlasek 6-2, 6-2, 6-1.
The former world No. 1, who ruled tennis for two seasons before his results started tailing off 13 months ago, seems to be continuing the comeback form which saw him win in Eastbourne last weekend.
Djokovic notched his 235th Grand Slam win against the outclassed Pavlasek, leaving the Serb second on the all-time match-win list ahead of Jimmy Connors (233).
"I'm already enjoying the (comeback) process very much, especially in the last couple of months," Djokovic said, "Even though maybe results haven't been up to the standard that I have had in the last seven, eight years.
"I'm still, very proud of what I have managed to achieve and accomplish. When you're winning, your ego, your confidence is high. Everything is functioning well. Why would you change anything?"
Grigor Dimitrov, the 13th seed, dispatched Marcos Baghdatis 6-3, 6-2, 6-1 while 15th-seeded French showman Gael Monfils defeated Brit Kyle Edmund 7-7 (7-1), 6-4, 6-4 with 33 winners.
David Ferrer had easy passage when Belgian Steve Darcis retired after only three games.
In contrast German Mischa Zverev worked for more than three hours to complete his marathon defeat of Mikhail Kukushkin 6-1, 6-2, 2-6, 3-6, 6-4.
Latvian Ernests Gulbis beat former Grand Slam champion Juan Martin del Potro 6-4, 6-4, 7-6 (7-3) as Frenchman Adrian Mannarino put out recent ATP title-winner Yuchi Sugita 7-5, 4-6, 3-6, 7-6 (7-2), 6-2.
"It's very satisfying. I found out that it was my first win in 13 months on a tour level in a main draw," Gulbis said. "I played well my first-round match. This match I played really, really great tennis.
"I served well, I returned well. In my opinion, Del Potro is one of the best players, for sure he has one of the best forehands. He's really tough to beat.
"I was happy that in the third set, even if I got a little bit maybe tight and he played well when he broke me back in the third set, I still managed to win in the tiebreak."
In women's play, Angelique Kerber lost at least one challenger as title favorite and third seed Karolina Pliskova was beaten by Magdalena Rybarikova 3-6, 7-5, 6-2.
Pliskova won the Eastboune grass title but still remains without a third-round place at Wimbledon.
Kerber helped her own cause as she beat Kristen Flipkens 7-5, 7-5.
Seventh seed Svetlana Kuznetsova advanced over Eaterina Makarova 6-0, 7-5.
American Alison Riske eliminated Kristina Mladebovic, 2-6, 6-4, 6-4, who complained about slippery grass underfoot.
"First of all, the color of the court, the fact that there's no more grass, the fact that the baseline where we are running, it's very slippery," she said.
"I don't know how to describe it. It's not even clay. It's not flat. It is tough to make your strong footwork. You have to run light and be careful,
"I'm just honestly very happy and blessed that I didn't injure myself that much."
Mladenovic spoke after Bethanie Mattek-Sands was rushed to hospital for a serious knee dislocation after a mid-match slip and fall during her 4-6, 7-6 (7-4) loss to Sorona Cirstea.
The wild card, who ranks atop the doubles table with Lucie Safarova, went down heavily on her knee, screamed for help and was taken immediately from the court on a stretcher and straight to hospital.
Ninth seed Agnieszska Radwanska saved two match points in the second set and took it into a third for defeat of Christina McHale 5-7, 7-6 (7-5), 6-3.
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David Ferrer, Spain, def. Steve Darcis, Belgium, 3-0 retired.
Grigor Dimitrov (13), Bulgaria, def. Marcos Baghdatis, Cyprus, 6-3, 6-2, 6-1.
Mischa Zverev (27), Germany, def. Mikhail Kukushkin, Kazakhstan, 6-1, 6-2, 2-6, 3-6, 6-4.
Novak Djokovic (2), Serbia, def. Adam Pavlasek, Czech Republic, 6-2, 6-2, 6-1.
Dudi Sela, Israel, def. John Isner (23), United States, 6-7 (5), 7-6 (5), 5-7, 7-6 (5), 6-3.
Gael Monfils (15), France, def. Kyle Edmund, Britain, 7-6 (1), 6-4, 6-4.
Ernests Gulbis, Latvia, def. Juan Martin del Potro (29), Argentina, 6-4, 6-4, 7-6 (3).
Adrian Mannarino, France, def. Yuichi Sugita, Japan, 6-1, 5-7, 4-6, 7-6 (2), 6-2.
Dominic Thiem (8), Austria, def. Gilles Simon, France, 5-7, 6-4, 6-2, 6-4.
Tomas Berdych (11), Czech Republic, def. Ryan Harrison, United States, 6-4, 6-3, 6-7 (8), 6-3.
Milos Raonic (6), Canada, def. Mikhail Youzhny, Russia, 3-6, 7-6 (7), 6-4, 7-5.
Alexander Zverev (10), Germany, def. Frances Tiafoe, United States, 6-3, 6-4, 6-3.
Roger Federer (3), Switzerland, def. Dusan Lajovic, Serbia, 7-6 (0), 6-3, 6-2.
Jared Donaldson, United States, def. Paolo Lorenzi (32), Italy, 6-4, 7-6 (0), 6-7 (0), 6-2.
Albert Ramos-Vinolas (25), Spain, def. Andrey Rublev, Russia, 7-5, 6-7 (6), 4-6, 6-3, 6-4.
Sebastian Ofner, Austria, def. Jack Sock (17), United States, 6-3, 6-4, 3-6, 2-6, 6-2.
Svetlana Kuznetsova (7), Russia, def. Ekaterina Makarova, Russia, 6-0, 7-5.
CoCo Vandeweghe (24), United States, def. Tatjana Maria, Germany, 6-4, 6-2.
Polona Hercog, Slovenia, def. Varvara Lepchenko, United States, 6-7 (2), 6-2, 6-2.
Lesia Tsurenko, Ukraine, def. Viktorija Golubic, Switzerland, 6-1, 2-6, 6-3.
Agnieszka Radwanska (9), Poland, def. Christina McHale, United States, 5-7, 7-6 (7), 6-3.
Alison Riske, United States, def. Kristina Mladenovic (12), France, 2-6, 6-4, 6-4.
Sorana Cirstea, Romania, def. Bethanie Mattek-Sands, United States, 4-6, 7-6 (4), 0-0 (40-15), retired.
Zarina Diyas, Kazakhstan, def. Arina Rodionova, Australia, 6-4, 7-6 (4).
Garbine Muguruza (14), Spain, def. Yanina Wickmayer, Belgium, 6-2, 6-4.
Magdalena Rybarikova, Slovakia, def. Karolina Pliskova (3), Czech Republic, 3-6, 7-5, 6-2.
Petra Martic, Croatia, def. Denisa Allertova, Czech Republic, 6-1, 6-4.
Timea Bacsinszky (19), Switzerland, def. Kristina Kucova, Slovakia, 6-1, 6-0.
Anett Kontaveit, Estonia, def. Daria Kasatkina (29), Russia, 6-3, 6-2.
Angelique Kerber (1), Germany, def. Kirsten Flipkens, Belgium, 7-5, 7-5.
Shelby Rogers, United States, def. Lucie Safarova (32), Czech Republic, 6-7 (4), 6-4, 6-3.
Caroline Wozniacki (5), Denmark, def. Tsvetana Pironkova, Bulgaria, 6-3, 6-4.
Hugo Nys, France, and Antonio Sancic, Croatia, def. Nikoloz Basilashvili, Georgia, and Andreas Haider-Maurer, Austria, 6-3, 6-1, 6 -2.
Marcus Daniell, New Zealand, and Marcelo Demoliner, Brazil, def. Ariel Behar, Uruguay, and Alexander Bury, Belarus, 6-4, 6-3, 5-7, 6-4.
Sam Groth, Australia, and Robert Lindstedt, Sweden, def. Guillermo Duran and Andres Molteni, Argentina, 6-7 (5), 6-2, 6-2, 6-3.
Philipp Petzschner, Germany, and Alexander Peya, Austria, def. Robin Haase, Netherlands, and Dominic Inglot, Britain, 6-7 (3), 6-2, 6-7 (10), 6-4, 6-3.
Nikola Mektic and Franko Skugor, Croatia, def. Gilles Muller, Luxembourg, and Sam Querrey, United States, 7-6 (4), 7-6 (6), 4-6, 3-6, 6-1.
Henri Kontinen, Finland, and John Peers (1), Australia, def. Fabio Fognini and Andreas Seppi, Italy, 2-6, 6-2, 7-5, 6-1.
Johan Brunstrom and Andreas Siljestrom, Sweden, def. Sander Arends, Netherlands, and Peng Hsien-yin, Taiwan, 6-7 (4), 6-1, 4-6, 7-6 (4), 12-10.
Julian Knowle and Philipp Oswald, Austria, def. Leander Paes, India, and Adil Shamasdin, Canada, 4-6, 4-6, 6-2, 7-6 (2), 10-8.
Jamie Murray, Britain, and Bruno Soares (3), Brazil, def. Roman Jebavy and Jiri Vesely, Czech Republic, 7-6 (7), 6-2, 6-4.
Bob and Mike Bryan (5), United States, def. Marc Polmans and Andrew Whittington, Australia, 7-5, 6-2, 6-4.
Oliver Marach, Austria, and Mate Pavic (16), Croatia, def. Kevin Krawietz, Germany, and Igor Zelenay, Slovakia, 6-4, 6-4, 6-7 (7), 6-3.
Ilija Bozoljac, Serbia, and Flavio Cipolla, Italy, def. Marcos Baghdatis, Cyprus, and Malek Jaziri, Tunisia, 6-7 (4), 6-2, 6-2, 6-2.
Rohan Bopanna, India, and Edouard Roger-Vasselin (8), France, def. Dustin Brown and Mischa Zverev, Germany, 6-3, 7-6 (4), 6-4.
Ken and Neal Skupski, Britain, def. Brydan Klein and Joe Salisbury, Britain, 6-4, 6-3, 3-6, 6-3.
Florin Mergea, Romania, and Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi (14), Pakistan, def. Dino Marcan, Croatia, and Tristan-Samuel Weissborn, Austria, 4-6, 7-6 (4), 7-6 (3), 6-3.
Pierre-Hugues Herbert and Nicolas Mahut (2), France, def. Santiago Gonzalez, Mexico, and Donald Young, United States, 6-3, 7-6 (3), 4-6, 7-6 (1).
Kateryna Bondarenko, Ukraine, and Aleksandra Krunic, Serbia, def. Kiki Bertens, Netherlands, and Johanna Larsson (14), Sweden, 6-1, 6-4.
Ipek Soylu, Turkey, and Varatchaya Wongteanchai, Thailand, def. Mandy Minella, Luxembourg, and Anastasija Sevastova, Latvia, 6-1, 7-6 (2).
Chuang Chia-jung, Taiwan, and Misaki Doi, Japan, def. Oksana Kalashnikova, Georgia, and Francesca Schiavone, Italy, 6-4, 6-1.
Naomi Broady and Heather Watson, Britain, def. Harriet Dart and Katy Dunne, Britain, 7-5, 6-4.
Beatriz Haddad Maia, Brazil, and Ana Konjuh, Croatia, def. Abigail Spears, United States, and Katarina Srebotnik (6), Slovenia, 7-6 (4), 6-7 (3), 6-4.
Nadiia Kichenok and Olga Savchuk, Ukraine, def. Magda Linette, Poland, and Maria Sanchez, United States, 6-2, 6-7 (8), 6-4.
Lyudmyla Kichenok and Lesia Tsurenko, Ukraine, def. Darija Jurak, Croatia, and Wang Qiang, China, 7-5, 7-5.
Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina (2), Russia, def. Varvara Lepchenko, United States, and Carina Witthoeft, Germany, 6-2, 6-2.
Jocelyn Rae and Laura Robson, Britain, def. Raquel Atawo, United States and Jelena Ostapenko (11), Latvia, 6-3, 3-6, 6-3.
Ashleigh Barty and Casey Dellacqua (8), Australia, def. Jelena Jankovic, Serbia, and CoCo Vandeweghe, United States, 3-6, 6-4, 6-0.
Natela Dzalamidze and Veronika Kudermetova, Russia, def. Lauren Davis, United States, and Han Xinyun, China, 6-4, 4-6, 6-4.
CiCi Bellis, United States, and Marketa Vondrousova, Czech Republic, def. Jessica Moore, Australia, and Akiko Omae, Japan, 6-2, 6-0.
Timea Babos, Hungary, and Andrea Hlavackova (4), Czech Republic, def. Katie Boulter and Katie Swan, Britain, 6-2, 7-5.
Mirjana Lucic-Baroni, Croatia, and Andrea Petkovic, Germany, def. Nao Hibino, Japan, and Alicja Rosolska, Poland, 6-2, 3-6, 6-3.
Julia Goerges, Germany, and Barbora Strycova (7), Czech Republic, vs. Hsieh Su-wei, Taiwan, and Barbora Krejcikova, Czech Republic, 6-4, 6-7 (5), susp., darkness.