London: World number one Novak Djokovic condemned the United States to their worst Wimbledon men's performance in over a century as Serena Williams set up a clash of senior citizens against Kimiko Date-Krumm. (Agencies)
Top seed Djokovic breezed past world number 156 Bobby Reynolds, a 30-year-old qualifier, 7-6 (7/2) 6-3 6-1 to reach the third round yesterday. Reynolds was the last American man standing and his defeat under the Centre Court roof means that for the first time since 1912 there will not be a male player from his country in the third round.
Djokovic, the 2011 champion, goes on to face Jeremy Chardy, the French 28th seed, or German qualifier Jan-Lennard Struff. Their match was one of eight, left uncompleted as heavy rain brought the first delays of the week.
Djokovic admitted he had been wary of Reynolds after Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal had both been shocked by opponents outside the top 100. "It's a Grand Slam and its sports, the top players cannot win all the time," said the Serb.
"All the lower-ranked players have extra motivation and have nothing to lose. So I needed to be extra careful and with the roof closed, it was a little different." Reynolds, the last of 11 US men who started in the main draw on Monday, believes the American decline is only temporary.
"There are young college players, but I think they have a lot of potential. Maybe, just a couple years hopefully a good one's coming," he said. Defending women's champion Williams and Date-Krumm, two players with a combined age of 73, set up an intriguing clash for a last 16 place.
London: World number one Novak Djokovic condemned the United States to their worst Wimbledon men's performance in over a century as Serena Williams set up a clash of senior citizens against Kimiko Date-Krumm.