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Djokovic begins quest for 2nd Wimbledon title with win over Mayer

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London, Jun 25 (EFE).- Serbian world No. 1 Novak Djokovic began his quest for a second Wimbledon title with a 6-3, 7-5, 6-4 win Tuesday over Germany's Florian Mayer.

Djokovic, the 2011 champion, needed one hour and 56 minutes to dispatch Mayer, who is ranked 34th in the world.

The stunning loss by Spain's Rafael Nadal to Belgium's Steve Darcis on Monday made the road to a second title just a bit easier for Djokovic, who has won six Grand Slam titles and lost to the Spaniard in a tight five-set battle.

The 26-year-old Djokovic is competing at his 35th Grand Slam event and his 9th straight Wimbledon.

In other action on the men's side, Spain's David Ferrer, the No. 4 seed, beat Argentina's Martin Alund, who is ranked 101st in the world, 6-1, 4-6, 7-5, 6-2, while France's Richard Gasquet, the No. 9 seed, beat Spain's Marcel Granollers 6-7 (2-7), 6-4, 7-5, 6-4.

Argentina's Juan Martin del Potro, the No. 8 seed, beat Spain's Albert Ramos 6-2, 7-5, 6-1.

The 24-year-old Del Potro is back at a Grand Slam event after withdrawing from several tournaments, including the French Open, due to a viral infection.

On the women's side, American Serena Williams, the top seed and defending champion, defeated Luxembourg's Mandy Minella 6-1, 6-3.

The 31-year-old Williams, a five-time Wimbledon champ, needed just 57 minutes to send Minella packing from the All England Club.

China's Li Na, the No. 6 seed, had an easy time in her 2013 debut at Wimbledon, defeating Dutchwoman Michaella Krajicek 6-1, 6-1.

Wimbledon is the third Grand Slam tournament of the season and the only one played on grass.

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