As the tradition holds at the Wimbledon, the defending champion, Novak Djokovic opened play at the centre court on day 1. He was scheduled to play world number 33,Philipp Kohlschreiber. The Serbian fired 36 winners to get the job done in straight sets, winning 6-4 6-4 6-4. He faces 33-year-old, Jarkko Nieminen, in the second round. This will be Nieminen’s last Wimbledon. The Finn knocked out former champion Lleyton Hewitt, who was playing his last Wimbledon as well.
The number 5 seed, Kei Nishikori had a tough day at the office. Japanese number 1 needed 5 sets to get past Simone Bolelli of Italy,winning 6-3 in the decider.
Stanislas Wawrinka needed just 1 hour and 49 minutes to see off J. Sousa. The Swiss got 60% first serves in and won more than 85% points behind his first serve. His next opponent is Victor Estrella Burgos.
Impressive performances from the future stars,Dimitrov and Kyrgios,on day 1. Cilic and Raonic also booked their places in the second round.
Matches to look forward to on Day-2 :
With no major upsets on day-1, the focus now shifts to day 2. With three of the big four playing on the same day, expect nothing less than a display of supreme tennis.
The day will feature 7 time Wimbledon champion, Roger Federer, in action. The Swiss takes on Damir Džumhur in the first round. The match is expected to start around 2 p.m. local time( 6:30 p.m. IST).
This will be followed by Andy Murray Vs Mikhail Kukushkin on the centre court.
Rafa Nadal will play on court number 1 against Thomaz Bellucci at 1 p.m. local time(5:30 p.m. IST).
So as the day-1 ends, let us wait for the door to open for the second day at Wimbledon…