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Russia's Safin sends 3rd seed Djokovic home at Wimbledon

MOSCOW, June 25 (RIA Novosti) - Russia's former World No. 1 Marat Safin secured a place in the third round of the Wimbledon tennis tournament after overwhelming Serbia's Novak Djokovic to win in straight sets on Wednesday.

The Russian, who is currently ranked 75th in the ATP rankings, defeated Djokovic, who won this year's Australian Open, 6-4, 7-6 (7-3), 6-2 in the center court match that lasted two hours and one minute.

"I just had to do what I had to do: serve well and try to stay with him. I could read his serve. I could return. I could stay with him from the baseline," the ATP website quoted Safin as saying in a post match interview.

Djokovic, who reached Wimbledon's semifinals last year but retired in the game against Rafael Nadal due to a blister, said he simply had a bad day and he underestimated Safin's abilities.

"I didn't do anything that I was supposed to do. He was very solid in all segments of the game. He was serving well, and like that, putting a lot of pressure on me," the 21-year-old Serbian said.

In the next round unseeded Safin will play against Italy's Andreas Seppi (29).

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