It's that time of year once again! Grass, strawberries & cream and plenty of Pimm's. Wimbledon is back and promises to be one of the most unpredictable Championships yet. These two weeks involve avid tennis fans and many who see themselves as the opposite, tuning into the telly and witnessing players battling hard to create history in this famous Grand Slam.
Traditionally the returning champion opens up proceeding on centre court and this year Roger Federer sailed through to the 2nd round without breaking sweat, defeating the Romanian giant Victor Hanescu 6-3 6-2 6-0. British #1 Andy Murray replicated Federer with an easy 6-4 6-3 6-2 over Benjamin Becker from Germany. Steve Darcis (BEL) headlined day one with what be considered upset of the tournament so far with an impressive straight sets victory over Rafael Nadal.
The world No. 135 took out two-time Wimbledon champion in just under three hours. The stunning result brought back memories of last year's tournament when Nadal bowed out in the second round in London. For the first time in his remarkable career, Rafael Nadal lost in the opening round of a Grand Slam. Another notable win on day one was Lleyton Hewitt's impressive performance to defeat 11th seed Stanislas Wawrinka 6-4 7-5 6-3. The Aussie fan favourite clearly rolling back the years with such a comprehensive victory.
Traditionally the returning champion opens up proceedings on Centre Court and this year Roger Federer sailed through to the 2nd round without consummate ease defeating the Romanian giant Victor Hanescu 6-3 6-2 6-0. British no.1 Andy Murray replicated Federer with an easy 6-4 6-3 6-2 over Benjamin Becker from Germany. Steve Darcis (BEL) headlined day one with what be considered upset of the tournament so far with an impressive straight sets victory over Rafael Nadal.
The world #135 took out two-time Wimbledon champion in just under 3 hours. The stunning result brought back memories of last year's tournament when Nadal bowed out in the second round in London. For the first time in his remarkable career, Rafael Nadal lost in the opening round of a Grand Slam. Another notable win on day one was Lleyton Hewitt's impressive performance to defeat 11th seed Stanislas Wawrinka 6-4 7-5 6-3. The Aussie fan favourite clearly rolling back the years with such a comprehensive victory.
Novak Djokovic shows his delight as he passed the first hurdle with no problems!
Men's overall top seed Novak Djokovic had no trouble disposing of 2012 Wimbledon quarter finalist Florian Mayer on Centre Court on Tuesday, beating the 29-year-old German in straight sets 6-3 7-5 6-4 to advance to the second round. He was incredibly productive during his service games, winning 75 per cent of his first-serve points and 81 percent of his second-serve points.
2013 French Open finalist David Ferrer struggled on the grass, taking some awkward falls. However the Spaniard was able to recover, defeating unseeded Argentinian Martin Alund in four sets, 6-1 4-6 7-5 6-2.
Former U.S. Open men's champion Juan Martin Del Potro looked impressive, making his first Grand Slam appearance since the 2013 Australian Open and winning his first Slam match since the second round in Melbourne last January. Del Potro defeated Albert Ramos in straight sets 6-2 7-5 6-1, dropping just eight games in all. The performance was an impressive one from the Argentine star considering how much he has struggled as of late. He skipped the French Open earlier this year while recovering from a respiratory virus and hadn't been himself since making a deep run to the final at Indian Wells in March.
Retirements and withdrawals galore as another star is knocked out on 'Black Wednesday'.
Nobody could have predicted a day like this. Three retirements and two withdrawals on the men's side alone. Not only was that odd but defending champion Roger Federer suffered a shock loss to Ukranian Sergiy Stakhovsky 6-7 7-6 7-5 7-6.
The moment Sergiy Stakhovsky defeated a tennis legend in Roger Federer!
This was one of the most shocking upsets in Wimbledon history. This just doesn't happen. Federer had made 36 straight quarterfinals in Grand Slam events, an astonishing run of dominance. And sadly it's come to an end. The talk will begin in earnest now of whether he can ever win another Grand Slam.
Federer's serve looked crisp, topping out at 127 miles per hour, as he notched 16 aces to just one double fault. However, his counterpart smashed 17 aces and also crushed 72 winners compared to just 17 unforced errors. That was even better than Federer's 57-13 ratio, so it's not as if the all-time great gave the match away. Rather, Stakhovsky played the best tennis he ever had in his career.
Andy Murray looks to still be comfortable on grass after his straight-sets victory over Yen-Hsun Lu. Normally renowned for his outstanding returning ability, Murray controlled the match with his serve, as he won 44 of 52 first-serve points and pounded 11 aces. The efficiency on display was also impressive, as Murray banged 41 winners to only 14 unforced errors. Unlike several other top seeds, the host country's best hope to win the trophy took care of business with ease. #32 seed Tommy Robredo will be Murray's next hurdle to clear in what should be a captivating third-round showdown.
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga is another notable casualty on Day 3 as he had to retire with a left knee injury while playing Ernests Gulbis. It was the same injury that also effected marquee players Marin Cilic and John Isner on Wednesday. Although he won the first set 6-3, Tsonga couldn't continue on after dropping the next two sets by the same count. Tsonga's characteristic power and ground strokes simply weren't there, and he failed to notch a single winner on ground strokes in the third set, eventually retiring at 6-3 3-6 3-6.
The weather became a factor for the first time, halting play on the outer courts and forcing officials to close the roof over Centre Court. Showers forced tournament officials to close the roof above Centre Court and postpone the rest of the day's matches on the outer courts.
With the roof closed, action continued on Centre Court as men's overall top seed Novak Djokovic took on American Bobby Reynolds in the day's last scheduled match on the main stage. Djokovic defeated American qualifier Bobby Reynolds 7-6, 6-3, 6-1.
The highest-seeded player to lose was No. 17 Milos Raonic of Canada, and there were just two injury retirements compared with seven Wednesday.
Seed No. 7 Tomas Berdych and No. 8 Juan-Martin Del Potro advanced in straight sets. Berdych, the 2010 runner-up, beat Daniel Brands of Germany 7-6, 6-4, 6-2. Del Potro rallied from a break down in the second set to oust Jesse Levine of Canada 6-3, 7-6, 6-3. A back-and-forth five-setter between No. 29 Grigor Dimitrov and Grega Zemlja was suspended overnight, with Zemlja up 9-8 in the fifth.
The nine retirements or walkovers of the second round in singles play broke the record for a round at Wimbledon in the Open era. The International Tennis Federation said eight players quit in the first round in 2008.
It equaled the record for a Grand Slam tournament, as nine players withdrew or retired from the first round at the 2011 U.S. Open.