Wimbledon 2017: Novak Djokovic progresses to second round after Martin Klizan retires

London: Novak Djokovic advanced to the second round at Wimbledon after just 40 minutes when his opponent, Martin Klizan, retired because of an injury while trailing 6-3, 2-0.

 Wimbledon 2017: Novak Djokovic progresses to second round after Martin Klizan retires

Novak Djokovic in action against Martin Klizan during their first round match at Wimbledon. AP

Djokovic, a three-time champion at the All England Club, was leading 30-0 in the third game of the second set when Klizan, from Slovakia, decided he couldn't continue.

Klizan entered the tournament with a left ankle injury and took a medical timeout between sets. He was broken in the first game of the second set and, minutes later, stopped.

Djokovic won at Eastbourne last week, marking the first time since 2010 he had played a grass-court event prior to Wimbledon. He will next face Adam Pavlacek in the second round.

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Updated Date: Jul 04, 2017 21:40:34 IST