LONDON (AP) — The Latest on Wimbledon (all times local):
Defending champion Novak Djokovic got halfway to the second “triple bagel” — 6-0, 6-0, 6-0 — in Wimbledon history before dropping a game, then wasn’t quite as perfect the rest of the way in a first-round victory.
Playing Monday’s first match on Centre Court, Djokovic beat 177th-ranked British wild-card entry James Ward 6-0, 7-6 (3), 6-4.
Djokovic has won the past four major tournaments and his titles at the Australian Open in January and French Open this month put him halfway to the first calendar-year Grand Slam since Rod Laver in 1969.
The only 6-0, 6-0, 6-0 at the All England Club came in 1987, when Stefan Edberg beat Stefan Eriksson in the first round.
Five-time champion Venus Williams won her opening match at Wimbledon for the 17th time when she beat Donna Vekic of Croatia 7-6 (3), 6-4.
Vekic, who was 1 year old when Williams made her Wimbledon debut in 1997, had two set points in the first set serving at 6-5 but blew them both on errors. Williams ran through the tiebreaker.
In the second set, Vekic had a break chance for…