Novak Djokovic breezes into third round after scintillating Wimbledon performance

    Novak Djokovic was in fine form against Thanasi Kokkinakis during the second round match.

    (CNN)Novak Djokovic was in blistering form as he swept aside Thanasi Kokkinakis in straight sets -- 6-1 6-4 6-2 -- on Wednesday to progress into the third round at Wimbledon.

    The Serb, aiming for a fourth straight Wimbledon crown, barely had to break a sweat on Centre Court as he dominated his Australian opponent throughout, further cementing his position as favorite for the men's singles title this year.
    The victory made it 23 wins in a row at Wimbledon for Djokovic -- a run that stretches back to the 2017 quarterfinals -- as well as his 81st at the tournament.
      Having been tested in his opening match against world No. 81 Kwon Soon-hoo, this match was more of a parade for the defending champion as Kokkinakis, 26, simply couldn't find a way past Djokovic.
        The top seed will next face fellow Serb Miomir Kecmanović.
        Djokovic is favorite to win the men's singles title.
        "I'm very happy with my performance. I started very well, solid from the back of the court, made him work for every point and worked him around the court," Djokovic said in his post-match interview on court.
        "I am pleased with the way I've raised the level of tennis in the past two days. Obviously, just thinking about the next challenge and hope things will get better as the tournament goes on."
          After a year that brought plenty of uncertainty for the Serb, he said he was enjoying playing at the biggest events.
          "You don't think about numbers when you start playing tennis," he said. "99% of children when they grab a racket have dreams and passion for the sport.
          "When you get down on yourself, you are going back to that inner child and remembering why you start to play the sport, and anything you achieve is a bonus."

          Raducanu loses

          Elsewhere, British hope Emma Raducanu lost in the second round to Caroline Garcia.
          The reigning US Open champion fell in straights sets -- 6-3 6-3 -- to her French opponent having failed to build on her impressive performance in the opening round earlier this week.
          Raducanu, 19, reached the fourth round of last year's tournament but has struggled with injuries this season and was a doubt to even appear at her home grand slam.
          She was unable to match Garcia's power and precision on Wednesday, with not even the partizan crowd able to spur Raducanu to victory.
          Raducanu was outplayed by Garcia on Centre Court.
          "Obviously it's tough to lose any match, but I think that Caroline played a great match," Raducanu told reporters. "She is a great player and I struggled to find a way through her today. But it's okay because coming into this I didn't really have many expectations on myself and playing on Centre Court again was a really positive experience for me."
          Garcia, who is now on a run of seven consecutive victories, will play China's Shuai Zhang in the third round.

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