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Wimbledon: Djokovic isn’t feeling the pressure

Novak Djokovic revealed his confidence is sky-high after completing a second straight-sets win to reach round three at Wimbledon.



There were some wobbles along the way as he clinched a 6-3 6-4 6-2 victory over South Africa's Kevin Anderson.

Having dropped just five games in his opening win over Jeremy Chardy, Djokovic never looked like surrendering a set against Anderson, who could only win four points in the first five games as the Serbian surged into a 5-0 first-set lead before wrapping up victory in routine style.

Anderson was later offered the chance to break Djokovic seven times, but became another victim of his amazing 2011 — which started with 41 successive wins.

“I've had two straight-set wins in the opening two rounds in Wimbledon. You couldn't ask for more. I feel great,” the number two seed said.

“After the winning streak that I had, my confidence is very high.

“It makes it easier to step on the court because you believe in yourself. You know that you're one of the best players in the world and you know that you can win against anybody. That is my mindset.

“Everything has come together really, mentally, physically and game-wise now.”

Enjoyment seems to be a key part of Djokovic's successful start. The Australian Open champion revelled in his first-round win and punched the air with joy after overcoming Anderson in two second-set rallies.

“It's just me. That's my character. I'm very emotional,” Djokovic said. “I try to put aside the expectations and pressure.”

Lleyton Hewitt was left heartbroken after he surrendered a two-set lead to Robin Soderling in an epic encounter on Centre Court that lasted almost four hours.

The Australian's future had been in question after struggling with a foot injury for the last year, but he was in no mood to call time on his career after today's 6-7 (7/5) 3-6 7-5 6-4 6-4 defeat.

The 2002 champion said: “I love competing. You're a long time retired and I hear that from a lot of great athletes. As long as my body is close to 100 per cent I want to go out there and compete. I still feel like I can give these top guys as much trouble as anyone out there.”

Taiwan's Yen-Hsun Lu produced a shock on Court 18 as he knocked out 13th seed Viktor Troicki 7-6 (7/5) 6-4 6-4, while Slovakia's Karol Beck also upset the odds to overcome 26th seed Guillermo Garcia-Lopez 7-6 (7/5) 6-4 3-6 6-4.

Juan Martin Del Potro will line against Gilles Simon in round three after dismissing Olivier Rochus 6-7 (9/7) 6-1 6-0 6-4, recovering from a set down overnight.

Queen's Club finalist Jo-Wilfried Tsonga battled back from behind to complete a four-set win over 20-year-old Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov in an entertaining match on Court One, winning a fourth-set tie break to take the match 6-7 (7/4) 6-4 6-4 7-6 (10/8).

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