Wednesday 21 March 2018 / 02:09 PM


World No.1 Andy Murray and reigning French Open champion Rafael Nadal headlined day one action at Wimbledon, while Nick Kyrgios, John Millman and Ashleigh Barty led the charge for the Aussies.

However, while Murray got his title defence off to a perfect start, overcoming 135t- ranked Alexander Bublik in straight sets 6-1 6-4 6-2, it wasn’t great news for the Australians. Kyrgios’ hip injury proved too serious to continue playing at the Grand Slam, while Millman fell victim to a relentless Nadal.

Barty wasn’t able to continue her inspiring form and claim her biggest scalp of 2017, falling to fourth seed Elina Svitolina 5-7 6-7.

Fifth seed Stan Wawrinka was the big-name casualty of the tournament’s opening day, crashing out to Wimbledon debutant Daniil Medvedev in four sets.


Pierre-Hugues Herbert def Nick Kyrgios 6-3, 6-4 (ret)

Nick Kyrgios admitted his fitness was only at about 60-65 per cent coming into Wimbledon, although it seemed even that assessment was generous, as he battled to reach his full potential against Pierre-Hugues Herbert in the first round.

It was no secret Kyrgios was struggling with a lingering hip injury ahead of the Grand Slam, but after wins against Viktor Troicki and Philipp Kohlschreiber at the Boodles exhibition lead-up event, Kyrgios fans could have dared to dream of a fourth-round showdown between the Australian and defending champion Andy Murray at the All England Club.

However, it wasn’t to be, as Kyrgios struggled to even win a set at the 2017 Championships. He retired injured while trailing Herbert 3-6 4-6 after just 58 minutes.

“It’s my favourite tournament. I do well here every year. So it’s tough for me to go out there and get beaten and pull out. It’s not the easiest thing for me to do,” Kyrgios said.

The usually big-serving Kyrgios mustered just two aces for the two sets, compared to 10 from Pierre.

Rafael Nadal def John Millman 6-1 6-3 6-2

Rafael Nadal established himself as a firm favourite at the Championships, ousting Millman in one hour and 46 minutes to notch up his 850th career victory.

Elina Svitolina def Ashleigh Barty 7-5, 7-6 (8)

Ashleigh Barty served for the opening set, but ultimately it was the experience of Svitolina which prevailed. It would have been Barty’s biggest victory of 2017, but in a silver lining she can now concentrate on doubles action with Casey Dellacqua.

Andrew Whittington v Thiego Monteiro 4-6, 6-3, 7-6 (4), 7-6 (5).

Playing in his very first Wimbledon main draw, Whittington won the first set but ultimately couldn’t complete the fairy-tale, going down in four close sets to Brazil’s Monteiro.

Day 1 upsets – Top seeds who were bundled out:

Stan Wawrinka (5) lost to Daniil Medvedev 6-4, 3-6, 6-4, 6-1

Ivo Karlovic (21) lost to Aljaz Bedene 6-7, 7-6, 6-7, 7-6, 8-6

Fernando Verdasco (31) lost to Kevin Anderson 2-6, 7-6, 7-6, 6-3

Mirjana Lucic-Baroni (26) lost to Carina Witthoeft 6-3, 5-7, 8-6

Roberta Vinci (31) lost to Kristyna Pliskova 7-6, 6-2

Day 2 schedule:


  1. Angelique Kerber (GER) [1] v Irina Falconi (USA)
  2. Martin Klizan (SVK) v Novak Djokovic (SRB) [2]
  3. Alexandr Dolgopolov (UKR) v Roger Federer (SUI)

[3] NO.1 COURT – 1:00PM

  1. Milos Raonic (CAN) [6] v Jan-Lennard Struff (GER)
  2. Karolina Pliskova (CZE) [3] v Evgeniya Rodina (RUS)
  3. Dominic Thiem (AUT) [8] v Vasek Pospisil (CAN)

NO.2 COURT – 11:30AM

  1. Juan Martin Del Potro (ARG) [29] v Thanasi Kokkinakis (AUS)
  2. Agnieszka Radwanska (POL) [9] v Jelena Jankovic (SRB)
  3. Jeremy Chardy (FRA) v Tomas Berdych (CZE) [11]
  4. Ons Jabeur (TUN) v Svetlana Kuznetsova (RUS) [7]

NO.3 COURT – 11:30AM

  1. Kyle Edmund (GBR) v Alexander Ward (GBR)
  2. Ekaterina Alexandrova (RUS) v Garbine Muguruza (ESP) [14]
  3. Evgeny Donskoy (RUS) v Alexander Zverev (GER) [10]
  4. Kristina Mladenovic (FRA) [12] v Pauline Parmentier (FRA)

COURT 12 – 11:30AM

  1. Richard Gasquet (FRA) [22] v David Ferrer (ESP)
  2. Katie Boulter (GBR) v Christina McHale (USA)
  3. Grigor Dimitrov (BUL) [13] v Diego Schwartzman (ARG)
  4. Oceane Dodin (FRA) v Lucie Safarova (CZE) [32]

COURT 18 – 11:30AM

  1. Mona Barthel (GER) v Coco Vandeweghe (USA) [24]
  2. Gael Monfils (FRA) [15] v Daniel Brands (GER)
  3. James Ward (GBR) v Marcos Baghdatis (CYP)

COURT 14 – 11:30AM

  1. Mischa Zverev (GER) [27] v Bernard Tomic (AUS)
  2. Daria Gavrilova (AUS) [20] v Petra Martic (CRO)
  3. Alison Riske (USA) v Sloane Stephens (USA)
  4. Taylor Fritz (USA) v John Isner (USA) [23]

COURT 17 – 11:30AM

  1. Arina Rodionova (AUS) v Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) [16]


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