Nick Kyrgios vs Radek Stepanek
NO.2 COURT – GENTLEMEN’S SINGLES – 1R
The 2nd day of the Wimbledon got underway with the 21 year old Australian (ranked 28 in the world) taking on the ageing 37 year old Stephanek in the 1st round clash. With Kyrgios, there’s bound to be excitement running high on the court and with the kind of gameplay that Kyrgios has, some incredible rallies and forehand/backhand smashes were never going to be a rarity through the match. One thing to consider though was Stephanek’s experience, someone who’s achieved great highs in the doubles circuit. The first set went to the Australian 6-4 and so did the second 6-3. The 3rd set had tensions flying high in both the boxes with the set going into a crucial tie-break which the young (not) Stephanek winning 7-6 (9-11). In the 4th set, Kyrgios was warned by the umpire for his behavior which ignited the Australian even further and he was absolutely destructing – going 5-0 up against Stephanek, who won just 1 game to achieve some sort of respectability, Kyrgios won 6-1.
Andy Murray vs Liam Broady
CENTRE COURT – GENTLEMEN’S SINGLES – 1R
Andy Murray faced his nation man in Broady (a qualification to the tournament). The match was never supposed to be an engaging battle of tennis wizardry but Broady nevertheless showed some signs of respectable gameplay matched with his cool composure. With someone as strong as Murray on the grass court, a win would’ve taken something really special but that’s wasn’t to be as Broady went down 6-2 6-3 6-4.
Juan Martin Del Potro vs Stephane Robert
Making his way back into the professional tennis circuit was Juan Martin Del Potro – the tennis ace from Argentina who once was seen upon as a bright future prospect in tennis arena but a few injuries halted his career heavily, he even won the 2009 US Open prior to the injury but has since been out of the contention for the grand slams, making a Wimbledon return this year. Potro’s campaign got a firm start against Robert whom he beat 6-1 7-5 6-0.
Stan Wawrinka vs Taylor Fritz
Stan Wawrinka faced the 18 year old budding US tennis start in Fritz (considered as future of US tennis). The first set was highly competitive from the tall 18 year old, taking it into a tie-breaker in which Wawrinka’s back hand smashes were too hot to handle for the youngster, losing 7-6 (7-4). The second set was an absolute screamer from Wawrinka, showing his tremendous class; breaking Fritz thrice and winning the set 6-1. The 3rd set gave Fritz some relief with a win in another tie-break 6-7 (2-7), Wawrinka was outclassed in the tie-break. The 4th set turned out to be the last set of the match with the battle not reaching to testing the fitness standards of the two – in which Wawrinka was miles ahead, Fritz showed some fight though but lost 6-4.
Serena Williams vs Amra Sadikovik
In the women’s draw, the defending champion in Serena Williams started her campaign in an effortless form against the Swiss Sadikovic, winning 6-2 6-4; thus introducing herself to yet another year of the Championships at which she again starts favorite.
Other results :
- Roberta Vinci beat Alison Riske 6-2 5-7 6-3
- Svetalana Kuznetsova beat Carolina Wozniacki (former world no.1) 7-5 6-4
- Victor Troicki beat Tristan Lamasine 6-4 6-2 6-2
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