6/25/2012 8:35:05 AM
The world No. 1 star throttled former top-ranked Spaniard and two-time
Wimbledon quarterfinalist Juan Carlos Ferrero 6-3, 6-3, 6-1 on the famed grass
on Centre Court at the All England Club. The 32-year-old Ferrero is also a
former French Open champ and two-time Grand Slam runner-up.
The 25-year-old Djokovic is now 28-1 over his last five majors and 40-2 over
his last seven Slams.
Djokovic reached his first-ever Wimbledon final and captured his first-ever
title here with a victory over Rafael Nadal a year ago. Djokovic and Nadal
have met in the last four Grand Slam finals, with the Serb winning three of
them. Nadal, however, beat Djokovic in the French Open finale three weeks ago.
Meanwhile, eighth-seeded Serb Janko Tipsarevic moved on in surprisingly easy
fashion with a 6-4, 7-6 (7-4), 6-2 victory over former top-five star and 2002
Wimbledon runner-up David Nalbandian of Argentina.
Thirteenth-seeded Frenchman Gilles Simon was leading fellow Frenchman Paul-
Henri Mathieu 6-3, 5-4 when the oft-injured Mathieu retired on Day 1.
In other first-round action involving seeds, No. 17 Spanish left-hander
Fernando Verdasco doused Taiwan's Jimmy Wang, 7-6 (7-3), 6-4, 7-5; No. 18
Frenchman Richard Gasquet drubbed German Tobias Kamke 6-2, 6-2, 6-2; No. 26
Russian Mikhail Youzhny overcame American Donald Young 4-6, 6-3, 6-2, 6-3; and
No. 29 Frenchman Julien Benneteau topped Luxembourg's Gilles Muller 6-2, 7-5,
The 2012 Wimbledon champ will earn $1.79 million.