Results from Day-1 of The Championships

As soon as the gates to the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club flung open, the masterclass from top tennis players followed. It was a glorious first day of Wimbledon tennis and a positive indication for the two weeks to follow.

Centre Court Matches :

The first match on Centre Court featured the world number 1 and two-time defending champion Novak Djokovic.  The Serbian took on the local boy, James Ward. It was a perfect start to the Championships for Novak as he bagged the first set without dropping a single game. The second set was much more competitive with both players breaking each other’s service once. The set then proceeded to a tie-breaker. Novak won the tie-break 7-3 to take a lead of 2 sets to love against the Brit. In third set, Novak converted one of the two break points at his disposal, thus going on to win the set and consequently, the match. The final score line was 6-0 7-6 6-4.

The second match on Centre Court featured the reigning French Open champion, Garbine Muguruza. She took on the 48th ranked Camila Giorgi. On paper, it seemed like a straight-forward match for Muguruza. However, the Italian had other plans.  After losing the first set 6-2 to Muguruza, Camila Giorgi pulled off a great fight to take the second set 7-5, equaling the match. In third set, Muguruza won 14 of 17 points on her first serve and fired 3 blazing aces. She created 7 break point opportunities in the set and converted one of them. You only need one break to win a set and she got that break. She won the set 6-4 and booked her place for the second round.

In the final match of the day on Centre Court, the world number 3, Roger Federer took on Guido Pella of Argentina. The Argentine had never won on grass coming into this match. The man on the other side of the net has 7 Wimbledon titles in his kitty. In tennis however, it is all about the heart and the Argentine had the heart to compete. He played some great tennis and matched the Swiss toe to toe. He took the first set to a tie breaker. The experience of Roger allowed him to win it 7-5. In second set, the story continued as the Argentine just didn’t allow Roger to settle. The second set went into a tie breaker as well, with Roger winning it 7-3. Third set finally saw the first break of the match and it was the Swiss who drew first blood. As great champions always do, Roger ran away with the remainder of the match thereon, winning third set 6-3.  It was a mixed performance for him. He got frustrated at times. At times, he pulled off some of the most beautiful backhands down the line.

Other Results :

Venus Williams defeated Donna Vekic 7-6 6-4.

Kei Nishikori defeated Sam Groth 6-4 6-3 7-5

Angelique Kerber defeated Laura Robson 6-2 6-2

Milos Raonic defeated  Pablo Carreno Busta 7-6 6-2 6-4

Simona Halep defeated Anna Karolina Schmiedlova 6-4 6-1

David Ferrer defeated Dudi Sela 6-2 6-1 6-1

David Goffin defeated Alexander Ward 6-2 6-3 6-2

Marin Cilic defeated Brian Baker 6-3 7-5 6-3

Ekaterina Alexandrova defeated Ana Ivanovic 6-2 7-5

Jeremy Chardy defeated Gael Monfils 6-7 6-0 4-6 6-1 6-2

Gilles Simon defeated Janko Tipsarevic 4-6 6-4 7-5 6-3

Ivo Karlovic defeated Borna Coric 7-6 7-6 6-4 

Grigor Dimitrov defeated Bjorn Fratengelo 6-3 6-4 6-2

So as the day-1 ends, let us wait for the door to open for the second day at Wimbledon…

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2 thoughts on “Results from Day-1 of The Championships

    1. Yes, but he still needs to work on his break point conversion and his second serve returns. Against the likes of Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray such opportunities will be very rare and he must make the most of them

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