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Murray, Nadal cruise into third round at Wimbledon

Defending champion Andy Murray and 10-time French Open winner Rafael Nadal both moved to the third at Wimbledon with a straight-sets wins on Wednesday.

World No 1 Murray took only an hour and 36 minutes to beat Germany's Dustin Brown 6-3, 6-2, 6-2 while Nadal, who from 2012 to 2015 was defeated by players ranked respectively by No 100, No 135, No 144 and No 102, beat American Donald Young 6-4, 6-2, 7-5 to reach the last 32 for merely the second time since he was runner-up to Novak Djokovic here in 2011.

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Cibulkova, Azarenka battle into Wimbledon's third round

Slovak Dominika Cibulkova advanced to the third round of Wimbledon, defeating American Jennifer Brady 6-4, 6-4 on Wednesday.

One break in each set was all Cibulkova needed to defeat the 22-year-old Brady, who missed three break points in a match that lasted for one hour and 16 minutes.

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Wimbledon Round-up: Wozniacki, Radwanska and Pliskova advance

Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark cruised into the women's singles second round at the Wimbledon tennis tournament after defeating Hungarian Timea Babos 6-4, 4-6, 6-1. The fifth seeded Wozniacki needed one hour and 42 minutes to get rid of the 24-year-old Babos on Tuesday. In the men's singles category, Spain's David Ferrer advanced to the second round after beating Richard Gasquet.

Wozniacki, former world no. 1, broke her rival's serve twice to seal the first set, but one break was all Babos needed to push the match to a third set. However, Babos did not win with any of her serve games in the third set as she managed to clinch just one game from a break.

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Kerber, Muguruza ease into Round 2 at Wimbledon

German tennis ace Angelique Kerber advanced to the second round at Wimbledon defeating American Irina Falconi 6-4, 6-4 on Tuesday. Kerber, World No.1, needed one hour and 27 minutes to beat the 27-year-old Falconi.

The 2016 Wimbledon finalist's serve was broken once in each set, but four breaks was all the double Grand Slam champion needed to seal the win.

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Venus made to work for opening round win on 20th Wimbledon anniversary

French Open finallist Simona Halep eased past Marina Erakovic 6-4, 6-1 while American Venus Williams defeated Belgian Elise Mertens 7-6 (7), 6-4 in the opening round at Wimbledon on Monday.

Erakovic of New Zealand committed 31 unforced errors in one hour 14 minutes in a match that saw her serve broken five times by the Romanian second seed. The Wimbledon 2014 quarter-finalist is set to play against Brazilian Beatriz Haddad Maia, who defeated British Laura Robson 6-4, 6-1.

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Murray opens Wimbledon campaign with easy win

Defending champion Sir Andy Murray started his Wimbledon campaign on the right foot as he defeated Alexander Bublik of Kazakhstan 6-1, 6-4, 6-2 on Monday.

With the Duchess of Cambridge watching from the royal box, Murray, the world no.1, needed just one hour and 44 minutes to get rid of the young Russian-born Bublik. Bublik, 20, served 15 aces and fired 33 winners but his 12 double faults and 35 unforced errors made him vulnerable to Murray, who committed just 10 unforced errors.

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Djokovic preps for Wimbledon with win at Eastbourne

Serbian superstar Novak Djokovic on Saturday defeated France's Gael Monfils to clinch the Eastbourne International title ahead of Wimbledon, which kicks off in two days. The top-seeded Serb defeated Monfils, who reached his first grass-court final in 13 years, 6-3, 6-4 in an hour and 16 minutes. Djokovic's win was just his second of the season, following his January victory in Qatar.

Djokovic shared after his triump, “It was a great week. Obviously it feels right, looking back on the decision-making process and whether or not I should come here, now it feels like it was a good decision. But also a few days ago it felt right because I had a lot of time spent on the court, some good match play. But most of all, I felt very welcomed here by the people. On and off the court I was greeted, I was respected. So, for me, it was just a phenomenal experience that I will definitely take with me to Wimbledon.”

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