There were plenty of records for Roger Federer to savor on Tuesday as he began his pursuit of a record eighth Wimbledon title, but he was denied a chance to celebrate them in style as his first round match ended abruptly midway through the second set. With Federer leading 3-0 in the second, Dolgopolov chose to pull the plug on his tournament.
Dolgopolov had called the trainer at the end of the first set, complaining of an ankle injury. Post the win, Djokovic had sympathy and positive words for Klizan.
Many spectators on Centre Court who felt they had hit the jackpot with back-to-back first-round matches involving the multiple champions were instead left feeling short-changed by the experience.
"He had issues walking on to court".
"I started serving well but when it mattered I made the break".
"You could see he wasn't moving".
"I don't want to be at the mercy of my opponent". It's Wimbledon and it's a big tournament.
Federer's win had two personal milestones with one of them etching his name in record books.
Two-time former Wimbledon semi-finalist Richard Gasquet slipped out of the tournament, losing 6-3 6-4 5-7 6-2 in what always looked a tough challenge against Spanish veteran David Ferrer, who is unseeded this year but was ranked third in the world four years ago.
For players with pre-existing injuries, the temptation to take to the court knowing victory, or even completing the match, is unlikely is all too great.
The 24-year-old - who earned the nickname "Tomic the Tank Engine" for appearing to give up during matches - denied he had deliberately quit, but did appear to lose interest after dropping the first set and offered little resistance in going down 6-4, 6-3, 6-4 in just 84 minutes. The Canadian made his mark by banging down the fastest serve of the tournament so far at 141 miles per hour.
These are two players that can not really buy a single, precious match-win at this moment in time.
Djokovic added: "Me and Roger had a joke about it, saying we should play a practice set on Centre Court to get the crowd to stay". "I just can't wait to get out there". "It doesn't come as easy".
The sixth-seeded Raonic, the first Canadian man to reach a Grand Slam final, advanced to the second round at the All England Club by beating Jan-Lennard Struff of Germany 7-6 (5), 6-4, 7-6 (4).