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Djokovic douses Dent fire to reach third round

By Martyn Herman

LONDON (Reuters) - Novak Djokovic withstood some rocket-fueled Taylor Dent serving Wednesday to move impressively into the third round at Wimbledon.

The Serbian third seed, who toiled for five sets against Olivier Rochus in Monday's first round, was too good for the American as he claimed a 7-6 6-1 6-4 victory.

Dent walloped down a serve at 148mph in the opening set, a delivery that beat the previous Wimbledon speed record of 146mph by Andy Roddick last year, but he ran out of steam.

"I think 151 was one serve that he didn't put in and 148 was the fastest," Djokovic told reporters before dashing off to watch Serbia versus Australia in the World Cup.

"It's incredible. He had so many first serves over 140mph. That's gonna be my dream to serve like that.

"He obviously had a diamond day and did it great. When the sun shines the ball goes faster."

Dent's bullet, however, fell short of Roddick's overall record of 155mph.

Djokovic, who lost to Rafael Nadal in the 2007 semi-final, edged the first set tiebreak 7-5 against the attack-minded American and never looked back.

He wrapped up the second set in 27 minutes and needed just one break of the mighty Dent serve in the third to seal victory in one hour 57 minutes and set up a third round against Spain's Albert Montanes.

(Reporting by Martyn Herman; Editing by Miles Evans and Pritha Sarkar)