While he was pushed to the brink in the first set, Federer calmed himself and defeated Lajovic in straight sets 7-6 (0), 6-3, 6-2, advancing to a third-round match against Mischa Zverev on Saturday. But Federer broke back soon and the pair then headed to the tie-break, which Federer dominated 7-0.
The 13th-seeded looked less like his "Baby Federer" nickname and more like the Swiss maestro all grown up as he made light work of Baghdatis, a former semi-finalist at the All England Club. Magdalena Rybarikova came from one set down to shock third seed Karolina Pliskova.
McEnroe is no stranger to recent controversies having stated that Serena Williams would only rank 700 in the world if she played on the men's tour. Prior to clobbering Victor Estrella Burgos 6-1, 6-1, 6-2 in his Wimbledon opener, the Latvian had not won an ATP-level match since the 2016 French Open. Eighteen Grand Slams including seven at Wimbledon says it all.
The worshippers at the House of Fed know the days are running out for the 36-year-old and it seems to make every cheer mean that bit more, with the fear it may be the last. "Being part of the WTA, ITF, the Slovak Fed Cup and Olympic team has been the biggest blessing and privilege".
Rybarikova, who reached a career-high ranking of 31 in 2013, had surgery on her left wrist and right knee in 2016 and missed the rest of the season after a first-round defeat at Wimbledon a year ago. She was an Australian Open semifinalist in 2008 and also reached the quarterfinals at Wimbledon and the U.S. Open. She immediately clutched her right knee.
Mattek-Sands stayed down in the middle of Court 17 and was attended to by medical personnel. However, the 22-year-old committed four double faults and 22 unforced errors. He will next play Dudi Sela, who upset 23rd seed John Isner of America. We even practised a few years ago before one of my matches in US Open, and [he] was always talking nicely about me.
Djokovic will next face Ernests Gulbis.
Djokovic was asked about those comments several times at Wimbledon on Thursday after reaching the third round.
He never really found ways to get into my service games on first and second serves.
Kerber was beaten by Serena Williams in the Wimbledon final previous year and, with the USA star absent, she is among the favourites to make it back to the title match despite a rocky run in 2017. The three-time Wimbledon champion held onto his serve by producing a crushing backhand victor down the line.
Winning 6-2, 6-2, 6-1, Djokovic was at his authoritative best against the plucky but ultimately inferior Czech.
Djokovic was unstoppable against Pavlasek on a sweltering Court One.
The quality of his play this year has been reminiscent of the peak of his career when he and the dominant golfer of the era formed a friendship as they nearly seemed to trade major tournament wins with one another.
A first-round loser at Wimbledon earns 35,000 pounds (about $45,000).
Also losing a chunk of change for unsportsmanlike conduct at Wimbledon was Daniil Medvedev of Russian Federation, who threw a handful coins in the direction of the chair umpire after a second-round loss Wednesday. Medvedev was given three fines totaling $14,500.
Earlier, Spain's David Ferrer was on court only briefly as his opponent Steve Darcis retired injured. He took a medical timeout after 18 minutes of play and was unable to continue.
Surprises reigned supreme at the All-England Club on Thursday.
"If you walk out on the Centre Court, there is a responsibility".
The three-time champion was in relentless form as he trounced Wimbledon debutant Adam Pavlasek 6-2, 6-2, 6-1 in little more than 90 minutes.