Gentlemen’s First Round Round-up

Andy Murray

Number 1 seed Andy Murray (GBR) kicked off his Wimbledon campaign in style, beating charismatic 20 year old Alexander Bublik (KAZ) 6-1 6-4 6-2.

2nd seed Novak Djokovic (SRB) only had to win one set before Martin Klizan (SVK) retired. Final score 6-3 2-2.

3rd seed and crowd/my favourite Roger Federer (SUI) copied Novak and won the first set 6-3. He was up 3-0 in the second set before world number 84 Alexandr Dolgopolov (UKR) retired leaving the Centre Court crowd feeling short changed.

4th seed, and strong contender for the title, Rafael Nadal (ESP) put in an impressive performance against John Millman (AUS) to win 6-1 6-3 6-2. An ominous sight for the rest of the draw as Millman didn’t do too much wrong.

A shock exit for the 5th seed Stan Wawrinka (SUI) as he crashed out against 21 year old Next Gen star Daniil Medvedev (RUS) 6-4 3-6 6-4 6-1.

6th seed Milos Raonic (CAN) put in a classy performance against a tricky opponent in world number 53 Jan-Lennard Struff (GER) beating him in straight sets 7-6 6-2 7-6.

7th seed Marin Cilic (CRO) eased through past tour veteran and solid player Philipp Kohlscheiber (GER) 6-4 6-2 6-3.

8th seed Dominic Thiem (AUT) made short work of Vasek Pospisil (CAN) 6-4 6-4 6-3.

9th seed Kei Nishikori (JPN) breezed past Marco Cecchinato (ITA) 6-2 6-2 6-1.

10th seed and Next Gen star Alexander Sverev (GER) went through 6-4 7-6 6-3 against world number 98 Evgeny Donskoy (RUS).

11th seed Tomas Berdych (CZE) came through in 4 sets against world number 71 Jeremy Chardy (FRA) 6-3 3-6 7-6 6-4.

12th seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA) is through comfortably after beating wildcard Cameron Norrie (GBR) in straight sets 6-3 6-2 6-2.

13th seed Grigor Dimitrov (BUL) got through a tough first set against world number 37 Diego Schwartzman (ARG) to ease into the second round 7-6 6-2 6-2.

14th seed Lucas Pouille (FRA) is through 6-7 6-4 6-4 7-6 after dropping a set to world number 77 Malek Jaziri (TUN).

15th seed, and crowd favourite, Gael Monfils (FRA) advanced into the second round with ease, beating qualifier Daniel Brands (GER) 6-3 7-5 6-4.

16th seed Gilles Muller (LUX) beat Marton Fucsovics (HUN) 7-5 6-4 6-2.

17th seed Jack Sock (USA) remains in the competition after beating qualifier Christian Garin (CHI) 6-3 4-6 7-6 6-3.

18th seed Roberto Bautista Agut (ESP) is safely through after a straight sets victory over surprise qualifier Andreas Haider-Maurer (AUT) 6-3 6-1 6-2.

19th seed Feliciano Lopez (ESP) made a shock exit, retiring to world number 51 Adrian Mannarino (FRA). He was trailing 2 sets to 1, final score 5-7 6-1 6-1 4-3.

Another retirement as controversial 20th seed Nick Kyrgios called it a day trailing 6-3 6-4 to up and coming Pierre-Hugues Herbert (FRA).

Britain’s Slovenian import Aljaz Bedene fought off 21st seed Ivo Karlovic (CRO) in an epic 5 set match with only 1 break of serve. The world number 58 lasted 4:25 minutes to beat the world number 23 6-7 7-6 6-7 7-6 8-6.

22nd seed Richard Gasquet (FRA) drew the short straw of an unseeded David Ferrer (ESP) and the world number 39 saw out the clearly uncomfortable Frenchman in 4 sets 6-3 6-4 5-7 6-2.

23rd seed John Isner (USA) beat out compatriot Taylor Fritz (USA) 6-4 7-6 6-3.

24th seed Sam Querrey (USA) moved into the second round beating Thomas Fabbiano (ITA) in straight sets 7-6 7-5 6-2.

25th seed Albert Ramos-Vinolas (ESP) went through in straight sets 6-4 6-4 7-6 against Jordan Thompson (AUS).

26th seed Steve Johnson (USA) came through in straight sets 6-4 7-5 6-3 against Nicolas Kicker (ARG).

27th seed, and older brother of Next Gen star Alexander, Mischa Sverev (GER) cruised through to the second round beating potentially tricky Bernard Tomic (AUS) in straight sets 6-4 6-3 6-4.

28th seed Fabio Fognini (ITA) eased into the second round beating qualifier Dmitri Tursunov (RUS) 6-1 6-3 6-3.

Juan Martin Del Potro
Juan Martin Del Potro

29th seed, and my second favourite, Juan Martin Del Potro (ARG) continues his comeback with a win over Thanasi Kokkinakis (AUS) who himself was coming back from injury. The Argentinian won in 4 sets 6-3 3-6 7-6 6-4.

30th seed and Next Gen star Karen Khachanov (RUS) got through a tough 5 set match against fellow Russian Andrey Kuznetsov (RUS) winning in the end 7-6 2-6 6-3 1-6 6-2.

31st seed Fernando Verdasco (ESP) went out to difficult first round opponent Kevin Anderson (RSA) 2-6 7-6 7-6 6-3.

32nd seed Paolo Lorenzi (ITA) beat Horatio Zeballos (ARG) in 4 sets 7-3 4-6 7-6 7-5 in a match that lasted 3:41 mins.

Kyle Edmund (GBR) put in a strong performance against fellow brit and unlikely qualifier Alexander Ward. After losing the first set, it looked like Edmund’s run of never getting into the second round at Wimbledon was going to continue, but his level of play improved and he came through 4-6 6-3 6-2 6-1.

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