Djokovic is the favorite to win the men's singles title.

Novak Djokovic in Wimbledon third round after scintillating performance

The Serbian, who is aiming for a fourth straight Wimbledon crown, barely had a sweat on center court as he dominated his Australian opponent throughout, further cementing his position as the favorite for the men’s singles title this year.

The victory made it 23 Wimbledon wins in a row for Djokovic – a run dating back to the 2017 quarter-finals – as well as his 81st at the tournament.

After being tested in his opener against world No. 81 Kwon Soon-hoo, this game was more of a parade for the defending champion as 26-year-old Kokkinakis simply couldn’t find a way past Djokovic.

The top seed will next face fellow Serbian Miomir Kecmanović.

Djokovic is the favorite to win the men's singles title.

“I’m very happy with my performance. I started very well, solid from the back of the pitch, I made him work for every point and I made him work on the pitch,” Djokovic said during his post-match interview on the pitch.

“I’m happy with how I’ve raised the level of tennis over the past two days. Obviously, I’m just thinking about the next challenge and hopefully things will improve as the tournament goes on.”

After a year that brought a lot of uncertainty for the Serb, he said he enjoys playing in the bigger events.

“You don’t think about numbers when you start playing tennis,” he said. “99% of children when they pick up a racquet have dreams and a passion for the sport.

“When you put yourself down, you come back to that inner child and remember why you started playing this sport, and everything you achieve is a bonus.”

Raducanu loses

Elsewhere, British prospect Emma Raducanu lost to Caroline Garcia in the second round.

The defending US Open champion fell in straight sets – 6-3 6-3 – to her French opponent, failing to capitalize on her impressive first-round performance earlier this week.

Raducanu, 19, reached the fourth round of last year’s tournament but has struggled with injuries this season and was doubtful of even making her home Grand Slam.

She was unable to match Garcia’s power and precision on Wednesday, with even the crowd of fans unable to push Raducanu to victory.

Raducanu was dominated by Garcia on center court.

Garcia, who is now on a seven-fight winning streak, will face China’s Shuai Zhang in the third round.

Doubles player disharmony with Tan

There have been some impressive performances on center court so far in this tournament, but not much better than France’s Harmony Tan, who knocked out Serena Williams on Tuesday.

Serena Williams' return to Wimbledon ends in dramatic loss to Harmony Tan

Since her momentous win, however, Tan has come under fire from playing partner Tamara Korpatsch for giving up on their doubles match.

“Unfortunately my doubles partner H. Tan retired from our doubles today,” Korpatsch wrote on Instagram after Tan pulled out due to fatigue.

“She just texted me this morning. Let me wait here [until] one hour before the start of the game. I am very sad, disappointed and also very angry at not being able to play my first Grand Slam in doubles.

“It’s really not fair to me, I didn’t deserve this. She asked me before the tournament if we wanted to play doubles and I said yes. I didn’t ask her, she was the one who my request !”

“If you’re broke after 3 o’clock [three-hour] game the day before, you can’t play professional. It’s my opinion.”

Tan has yet to comment publicly since publication and will face Spain’s Sara Sorribes Tormo in the second round on Thursday.

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