Wimbledon 2014 is yet to produce a major surprise after two days of tennis, with Rafael Nadal among the big names to secure their passage into the second round at SW19.
The Spaniard didn’t have things all his own way out on Centre Court, losing the first set to Martin Klizan from Slovakia. However, he raised his game enough to take the next three sets all by a score of 6-3, thus securing a four-set victory.
Nadal will now meet Lukas Rosol in the second round on Thursday, bringing back memories of their epic encounter at the same stage back in On that occasion, the underdog prevailed in a five-set thriller under the roof, but the world number one will be hoping for a different outcome this time around.
Seven-time champion Roger Federer is also through to the next round after a straight-sets victory out on Court One against Paolo Lorenzi of Italy. The Swiss star wasted little time in a 6-1, 6-1, 6-3 victory over the number 83-ranked Italian.
Federer is seeded four for this tournament, and can expect a much tougher test against Gilles Muller in the next round.
Wawrinka, Tsonga & Raonic
Another man from Switzerland hoping to go well in west London is Stanislas Wawrinka, and the number five seed was a straight sets winner out on Court Two early in the day. Many pundits believe eighth-seed Milos Raonic could go well over the next fortnight at Wimbledon, and he made an impressive start on the same court with a routine 6-2, 6-4, 6-4 victory.
The ever-popular number 14 seed, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, wasted little time completing his match against Jurgen Melzer on Court One, as the pair returned early to complete their five-set encounter which was called to a halt the night before. 5-4 up with a break in the last, the Frenchman needed just four points to progress to round two.
Other Male seeds
John Isner, seeded nine, broke another British wildcard’s heart with a 7-5, 6-3, 6-4 win over Daniel Smethurst, although there is certainly hope for the future of the 23-year-old after an impressive debut showing.
Kei Nishikori, Fernando Lopez and Gael Monfils were all straight set winners, but 13th seed Richard Gasquet did it the hard way against Australian James Duckworth, surviving a major scare to drop just one game in the last two sets of a 6-7, 6-3, 3-6, 6-0, 6-1 win.
There was also joy for veteran Aussie Leyton Hewitt, and whilst the former world number one and Wimbledon champion might not be seeded at the championships, he showed why nobody would want to face him in a battling four set victory.
Guillermo Garcia-Lopez, seeded 28, was the highest man to fall, with the dangerous serving Ivo Karlovic (29) and Dmitry Tursanov (32) also crashing out at the first attempt.
In the women’s draw, number one seed Serena Williams looked imperious as ever with a commanding 6-1, 6-2 victory over compatriot Anna Tatishvili. Opening the day's play on Centre was Sabine Lisicki, and last year's beaten finalist didn't disappoint with a 6-2, 6-1 victory.
Number five seed Maria Sharapova, looking to claim her second title a decade after the first, was another impressive opening round winner against Britain's Samantha Murray, whilst number three seed Samena Halep also got off the mark in straight sets.
There are plenty of eyes on Eugenie Bouchard after her impressive rise up the rankings, and the Canadian didn't disappoint with a 7-5, 7-5 win over Daniela Hantuchova.
Fourth seed Agnieszka Radwanska, ninth seed Angelique Kerber and 11th seed Ana Ivanovic all made it through in straight sets, whilst Britain's number one Heather Watson also progressed after a good showing at Eastbourne last week.
However, things didn't go according to plan for number seven seed Jelena Jankovic, who is the highest seed to fall thus far after a disappointing performance against Kaia Kanepi.
Sara Errani was another seed to fall, along with Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova and Roberta Vinci.
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