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Tennis: Djokovic, Murray cruise through Wimbledon openers

Published on Jun 24, 2014 6:36 AM
Serbia's Novak Djokovic celebrates winning his men's singles first round match against Kazakhstan's Andrey Golubev on day one of the 2014 Wimbledon Championships at The All England Tennis Club in Wimbledon, southwest London, on June 23, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP 

LONDON (AFP) - Top seed Novak Djokovic and defending champion Andy Murray stormed into the Wimbledon second round on Monday with such speed that All England Club organisers had to pad out the Centre Court schedule.

Murray took out baby-faced Belgian David Goffin 6-1, 6-4, 7-5 in a shade over two hours while Djokovic, the 2011 champion and runner-up to the third-seeded Briton in 2013, needed just 88 minutes to dispose of Kazakhstan's Andrey Golubev, 6-0, 6-1, 6-4.

In between, Li Na, the women's second seed, took only 77 minutes to get past Polish qualifier Paula Kania.

As a result, Centre Court fans in possession of the hottest tickets in town were treated to 10th seeded Dominika Cibulkova facing Canadian qualifier Aleksandra Wozniak as a closing gesture.

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