Six-time Wimbledon champion Novak Djokovic further cemented his status as tournament favorite with a dominant display Wednesday on Centre Court, while fast-rising Spaniard Carlos Alcaraz looked comfortable on the grass in a straight-set victory of his own.
The top-seeded Serbian, winner of the last three editions of tennis' most prestigious event (2018, 2019 and 2021), was nearly impeccable on serve and relentless in his return game in a lopsided 6-1, 6-4, 6-2 victory over Australia's Thanasi Kokkinakis.
After dropping a set in his first-round match on Monday against South Korea's Soonwoo Kwon and lacking overall sharpness, the 20-time major champion showed championship form from the outset against the 79th-ranked Kokkinakis.
Djokovic broke his opponent's serve in the second game en route to taking the first set comfortably and continued to apply pressure with his return game the entire match, winning an impressive 45 percent of the Australian's service points.
"I'm very happy with my performance today," the 35-year-old Serbian great said on court after his victory. "I thought I started off very well, very solid from the back of the court, made him work for every point that I managed to get his serve back in play. I tried to work him around the court, bring a lot of variety in the game."