Novak Djokovic made routine work a tough first-round draw, as he dismissed Philipp Kohlschreiber 6-4, 6-4, 6-4 on opening day at Wimbledon. The world No. 1 and defending champion dropped serve twice, but he fired 12 aces compared to just one double-fault and broke Kohlschreiber five times.
It would have been fitting for Lleyton Hewitt’s final match at Wimbledon to come on Centre Court against Djokovic. But perhaps it is almost as fitting for the Aussie’s finale to have come in five-set battle against another well-respected competitor.
Hewitt and Jarkko Nieminen, who will both retire before next year’s Championships (Hewitt at the 2016 Australian Open, Nieminen at the end of this season) slugged it out for exactly four hours. In the end it was the Finn who survived a back-and-forth thriller 3-6, 6-3, 4-6, 6-0, 11-9.
Hewitt diving volley:
“I was always going to leave it out there…
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