Novak Djokovic wins 2nd-round match at Eastbourne

Novak Djokovic wins 2nd-round match at Eastbourne

The 30-year-old had rescued two break points in the opening game on Tuesday, when play was abandoned with him leading 1-0 and 30-15 in the second, and he needed 47 minutes to finally break Pospisil and take the first set.

Both then routinely held before, with the world number 75 remaining resilient, Djokovic played another backhand victor for his second match point and Pospisil's exit was secured in one hour and 25 minutes when he hit long.

Djokovic said afterwards that he feels "liberated" by the reduced expectations surrounding his prospects for Wimbledon.

"I was very fortunate and privileged to have so much success in the last eight, nine years, and kind of entered most of the tournaments as one of the biggest favourites".

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But after accepting a wildcard to the Aegon International, the world No. 4 changed up his routine for the first time in seven years and he got off to a good start to life on the surface. It is liberating a bit, it releases a bit of the pressure.

The Serb is playing a pre-Wimbledon event for the first time since 2010 and will next face Donald Young, who saw off Jared Donaldson 6-4, 7-5.

"Whether it helps or not, I can't say at the moment".

CAPTION CORRECTS MATCH INFORMATION Serbia's Novak Djokovic plays a return to Canada's Vasek Pospisil during their round of 16 match on day five of the AEGON International tennis tournament at Devonshire Park, Eastbourne, England, Wednesday June 28, 2017. I felt good on the court, considering it's the first match. "I played against an opponent that has a really good game for grass". Serves well, comes to the net, has a good variety.

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In the men's first round, Russian Daniil Medvedev knocked out fifth seed Sam Querrey, beating the American 6-3, 7-5.

Since winning the Qatar Open at the very start of the season he has reached just one final, losing the Italian Open to Alexander Zverev and he has been usurped in the world rankings by Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, winners of the Australia and French Opens respectively.

On the women's side, top-ranked Angelique Kerber recovered to beat Czech Kristyna Pliskova 4-6, 6-1, 7-5, as the German returned to action for the first time since her first-round defeat at the French Open.

There were second-round wins for Simona Halep, Johanna Konta and Caroline Wozniacki.

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