The Serb, who is targeting a fourth straight Wimbledon crown, hardly had to break a sweat on Center Court as he consistently dominated his Australian opponent and further cemented his position as favorite to win the men’s singles title this year.
The win gave Djokovic 23 straight wins at Wimbledon – a streak stretching back to the 2017 quarter-finals – as well as his 81st at the tournament.
After being tested in his opening game against world No. 81 Kwon Soon-hoo, this match was more of a save for the defending champion as 26-year-old Kokkinakis simply couldn’t find a way past Djokovic.
The top-placed team next meets fellow Serbian player Miomir Kecmanović.
“I’m very happy with my performance. I started very well, solid from the back of the pitch, made him work for every point and worked him on the pitch,” Djokovic said in his post-match interview the place.
“I’m happy with the way I’ve raised the level of tennis over the past two days. Of course, I’m just thinking about the next challenge and I hope things get better as the tournament progresses.”
“You don’t think about numbers when you start playing tennis,” he said. “99% of kids, when they grab a racquet, have dreams and a passion for the sport.
“When you come to yourself, you come back to that inner child and remind yourself why you start playing the sport and anything you achieve is a bonus.”
Elsewhere, Britain hope Emma Raducanu lost to Caroline Garcia in the second round.
The reigning US Open champion fell in straight sets – 6-3 6-3 – to her French opponent, who had failed to build on her impressive performance in the opening round earlier this week.
19-year-old Raducanu reached the fourth round of last year’s tournament but has struggled with injuries this season and had doubts about even appearing at her home Grand Slam.
Unable to match Garcia’s power and precision on Wednesday, not even the partisan crowd was able to spur Raducanu on to victory.
Garcia, who now has seven wins in a row, will face China’s Shuai Zhang in the third round.
Doubles the player’s disharmony with Tan
There have been some impressive performances on center court so far in this tournament, but not many have surpassed that of France’s Harmony Tan, who defeated Serena Williams on Tuesday.
Since her memorable victory, however, Tan has been slammed by her playing partner Tamara Korpatsch for being eliminated from the doubles match.
“She texted me this morning. let me wait here [until] an hour before the start of the game. I’m very sad, disappointed and also very angry that I can’t play my first double grand slam.
“It’s really not fair for me, I didn’t deserve it. Before the tournament she asked me if we wanted to play doubles and I said yes. I didn’t ask her, she asked me!
“If you’re broken after 3 hours [three-hour] Play the day before, you can’t play professionally. This is my opinion.”
Tan has not spoken publicly since the post and will face Spain’s Sara Sorribes Tormo in the second round on Thursday