Defending champion Alcaraz beats Vukic

Defending champion Carlos Alcaraz entertained fans on Court One with a stunning second-round victory over Australia's Aleksandar Vukic.

The pair played out a thrilling topsy-turvy opening set before the Spaniard took control and wrapped up a 7-6 (7-5) 6-2 6-2 victory.

Alcaraz is attempting to win back-to-back major titles after triumphing at the French Open last month.

"I'm really happy about my performance today," the 21-year-old said.

"The first set was the key for me to pull out all the nerves. It was really close."

After coming through a five-setter against Sebastian Ofner in the first round, Vukic appeared fatigued and trailed 5-2 against Alcaraz in the first set.

However, he soon sparked to life, dealing with the three-time major winner's mix of crafty drop shots and powerful groundstrokes to win successive breaks and force a tie-break.

It looked like he would make another comeback in the tie-break, scrapping his way back from 5-1 down to 5-4.

But Alcaraz stepped up the intensity to take the opener before dominating in the final two sets.