Confident Djokovic has the mindset to succeed

Novak Djokovic revealed his confidence is sky-high after completing a second straight-sets win to reach round three at Wimbledon.

Yesterday he clinched a 6-3 6-4 6-2 victory over South Africa’s Kevin Anderson.

Having dropped just five games in his opening win over Jeremy Chardy, again Djokovic never looked like surrendering a set against Anderson on Court One in front of a packed crowd.

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Anderson could only win four points in the first five matches as Djokovic surged into a 5-0 first-set lead before wrapping up victory in routine style.

“I’ve had two straight-set wins in the opening two rounds in Wimbledon. You couldn’t ask for more. I feel great,” said the 24-year-old Serbian, who started the year with a 41-match unbeaten run.

“Because of the winning streak that I had, my confidence is very high.

“It makes it easier to step on the court because you believe in yourself. You know that you’re one of the best players in the world and you know that you can win against anybody. That is my mindset.”

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Jo-Wilfried Tsonga beat Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov 6-7 (7/4) 6-4 6-4 7-6 (10/8), while six-time champion Roger Federer cruised to a one-sided 6-2 6-3 6-2 victory over Adrian Mannarino.

French Open champion Li suffers Lisicki shock

Sabine Lisicki shed tears of joy after causing the biggest upset of this year’s Wimbledon with a three-set victory over third seed and French Open champion Li Na.

Lisicki lost the first set and then saved two match points before clinching a memorable 3-6 6-4 8-6 victory under the Centre Court roof.

The German was a quarter-finalist at Wimbledon two years ago and looked set to break into the world’s top 20 before an ankle injury ruled her out for five months and sent her ranking tumbling outside 200.

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Lisicki has gradually climbed her way back up to 62nd and showed what a threat she might pose by winning the AEGON Classic title in Birmingham two weeks ago.

The 19-year-old said: “It was really hard. I had to start from zero after being on crutches for seven weeks.

“It just means so much to me – also winning the title in Birmingham and getting the wild card here. I appreciated it so much to be back in Wimbledon. It’s a place that I love so much.”

Lisicki will now face Japan’s Misaki Doi, who won 6-3 6-1 against China’s Jie Zheng.

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Svetlana Kuznetsova, the 12th seed from Russia, beat Alexandra Dulgheru 6-0 6-2.

Robson gets new fan in champion Serena

Serena Williams has identified Laura Robson as a player with the complete package as she talked up Britain’s teenage tennis hot-shot yesterday.

Robson achieved the rare feat for a 17-year-old of winning a match in the main draw at Wimbledon when she beat Germany’s Angelique Kerber in the first round.

The youngster has been tipped for a bright future since winning the girls’ title at Wimbledon in 2008, and looks to be coming good on her promise.

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“I see her a lot here,” Williams said. “I think she’s a good player, an all-around good player.

“First of all she’s a lefty, which automatically puts you a step ahead. I always wanted to be a lefty. Can you imagine?

“And she moves well. She hits hard. She has a good serve. She just does everything so well. And to be so young, I can’t believe she’s only 17.”

Maria Sharapova won Wimbledon at 17 in 2004, and Martina Hingis triumphed as a 16-year-old in 1997.

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But the women’s game has changed, with few teenagers making the breakthrough to the highest level. There are just five teens in the top 100, all aged 19, with another 19-year-old, Britain’s Heather Watson, lurking just outside. Robson is 254th in the world but expected to soar before long.

Ear today, gone tomorrow?

Jamie Murray joined his brother Andy in experiencing the thrill of Wimbledon success but not before managing to injure his doubles partner yesterday.

Murray and Ukrainian Sergiy Stakhovsky beat British pair David Rice and Sean Thornley 6-3 7-5 in the first round of the men’s doubles.

But their Court Seven match was most notable for the moment in the second set when Murray drove a serve into the side of Stakhovsky’s head, hurting his ear.

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“I clocked him in the ear with a serve, which was a bit random,” 25-year-old Murray said.

“I had been serving really well the whole match, and then just threw the ball up, took a bit of a gust of wind, and then just tried to fight it and hit him flush in the ear, which wasn’t ideal.

“It was a bit swollen. The doctor came on and said he probably bruised the cartilage and all that stuff, a bit of a cauliflower ear.”

Murray suggested he fired the serve at around 110-115mph.

Elsewhere in the doubles, there was little to cheer as Daniel Cox and James Ward lost to Mikhail Kukushkin and Michael Russell 4-6 6-4 6-4, Ken Skupski teamed up with Dutchman Robin Haase but crashed out 6-4 6-2 to Arnaud Clement and Lukas Diouhy.

British pair Chris Eaton and Josh Goodall either as they lost 6-2 7-5 to Robert Lindstedt and Horia Tecau.