The biggest tennis tournament of the year is upon us, with day one of Wimbledon over already. There were some huge first day matches, but very few surprises.
Below is a round-up of all the biggest games of the day, with video highlights of some of the talking points:
Djokovic v Kohlschreiber – 6-4 6-4 6-4
We started the day on centre-court, with world No.1 and first seed Novak Djokovic beating Philipp Kohlschreiber in straight sets. The figures don’t tell the whole story, as the German fought well but cracked at crucial moments.
Djokovic made plenty of uncharacteristic unforced errors, and was visibly getting frustrated with himself.
He got the win though, and is sure to improve as the tournament progresses.
Wawrinka v Sousa – 6-2 7-5 7-6 (7-3)
Elsewhere Stanislas Wawrinka also pushed through in straight sets, with the Swiss star breezing past Joao Sousa into the next round.
Bolelli v Nishikori – 3-6 7-6 (7-4) 2-6 6-3 3-6
Kei Nishikori struggled past his Italian competition, with the fifth seed fighting through an injury. It’s unclear whether he will be fit for the next round, and it would be a shame to see him miss out.
Kyrgios v Schwarzman – 6-0 6-2 7-6 (8-6)
Loose cannon Nick Kyrgios had a bit of a tantrum on the court, threatening to stop playing after a ball was incorrectly called wide. He muttered ‘dirty scum’ under his breath after a confrontation with the umpire, but later denied that it was directed at the officials.
Nieminen v Hewitt – 3-6 6-3 4-6 6-4 11-9
Leyton Hewitt went out in heroic yet disappointing fashion, but not before he played the shot of the tournament so far.
Other notable results were:
Cilic v Moriya – 6-3 6-2 7-6 (7-4)
Dimitrov v Delbonis – 6-3 6-0 6-4
Broady v Matosevic – 5-7 4-6 6-3 6-2 6-3
In the womens:
Sharapova v Konta – 6-2 6-2
Maria Sharapova comfortably dispatched of Johanna Konta, but the Brit has come on leaps and bounds and looked impressive at times – despite the score.
Other notable matches were:
Strycova v Stephens – 4-6 2-6
Williams v Gasparyan – 6-4 6-1
Riskee v Safarova – 6-3 5-7 3-6
With Heather Watson’s match stopped due to bad lighting.
The tournament is just getting started, and there’s plenty more excitement to come.