Novak Djokovic and Jarkko Nieminen
Djokovic paid tribute to Nieminen, who was competing in his final Wimbledon, after sealing a comfortable winGetty

Novak Djokovic has breezed into the third round of Wimbledon, defeating Jarkko Nieminen in straight sets.

The defending champion lost his first service game but it was the only time he was really troubled by his Finnish opponent, seeing out a comfortable 6-4 6-2 6-3 win on a sweltering Centre Court.

After having his serve broken, the world no.1 recovered swiftly to take a 4-3 advantage in the opening set before breaking Nieminen, who was competing in his last Wimbledon before retirement.

The Serbian endured no early problems in the second as he stormed into a 4-1 lead, with 33-year-old Nieminen unable to cope with Djokovic's intensity. The champion was forced to save a couple of break points for himself but powered through before rounding off a fine afternoon's work in the third.

After the win, Djokovic paid tribute to the retiring Nieminen, telling BBC Sport: "It is Jarkko Nieminen's last Wimbledon. I congratulated him for a terrific career. He is a very nice guy, one of the nicest and a fighter on the court, it was a pleasure to be the last one to play him at Wimbledon.

"He came out firing at the beginning. I managed to regroup and get the control on my side. This warm day it is good to spend less time out there.

"I am happy with the way I am playing. Hopefully I will be able to elevate my level into next week."

Elsewhere on day three at SW19, Liam Broady, who produced opening day heroics, was eliminated by David Goffin.

The 21-year-old wildcard battled back from two sets down to seal a sensational win over Marinko Matosevic in his first round match but Goffin, ranked 166 places above the Brit, proved too strong, sealing an empathic 7-6 6-1 6-1 win.