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Novak Djokovic eased past South African Kevin Anderson in a second-round match in Wimbledon on Wednesday.

The 34-year-old won the match in straight sets 6-3, 6-3, 6-3.

“Kevin is a terrific player, very dangerous on fast grass courts. I held my serve comfortably, but it’s never easy to play an opponent that has a lot of quality in his shots, particularly in his serve, with a lot of experience playing on a big stage,” the Serbian legend said after the match.

The top-ranked player in the world has 19 Grand Slams to his name, including five Wimbledon titles that came in 2011, 2014, 2015, 2018, and 2019.

Anderson, a two-time Grand Slam finalist, lost the 2018 Wimbledon final to Djokovic.

Svitolina advances in women’s second round

Ukrainian Elina Svitolina defeated Alison Van Uytvanck of Belgium on Wednesday in their first-round match.

Ranked fifth in the world, Svitolina beat her opponent 6-3, 2-6, and 6-3.

“I’m happy that I could hold my nerve and play a good third set and get the win,” said the former Wimbledon semifinalist.

Van Uytvanck, ranked 57, has not been able to get past the fourth round in the tournament.

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