Wawrinka stunned by Medvedev on Centre Court

World No 3 Stan Wawrinka became the first high-profile casualty of the week at Wimbledon on Monday after going down in four sets to rising star Daniil Medvedev.

Making his All-England Club debut, Medvedev outdid himself by dispatching three-time major champion Wawrinka 6-4, 3-6, 6-4, 6-1 on Centre Court.

The 21-year-old Russian is enjoying a breakthrough season on the ATP World Tour this year, having reached his first ATP final in Chennai back in January, but this is by far the biggest win of his career.

"Right now I don't even know what to say, I'm just very happy, my first win at a Grand Slam," he said.

"Wimbledon is my favourite, it was in my juniors and still is.

"I was saying yesterday to my friends that, one year ago, I was 215th in the rankings and if someone told me I'd win, let alone play, on Centre Court, I'd say you were joking."

The early signs were very encouraging for Medvedev, as he fought off a break point during a marathon first service game before earning and converting a break point of his own a couple of games later.

Wawrinka tried to find a way back into the set but to no avail, as Medvedev hung on to take the opener 6-4.

The Swiss looked right back in the contest of taking the second courtesy of two breaks to one, but a tight third set would again go Medvedev's way. Having not earned a break point the entire set, the Russian found an opening with Wawrinka serving to stay in the match at 4-5 and immediately converted it to take a two-sets-to-one lead.

By this stage, Medvedev was playing vintage tennis at times, thriving on Wimbledon's biggest stage in front of a packed crowd, suggesting he's a man for the big occasion.

A fightback from Wawrinka in the fourth set seemed a certainty, but Medvedev didn't give the Swiss star a sniff. 

Breaks in the fourth and sixth games saw the youngster race to an unlikely victory in front of a rapturous Centre Court crowd.

"I have had a really great grass court season and I knew Stan had some problems at Queen's. I knew I would have a chance if I played well," Medvedev added.

"In the third and fourth set especially, I think, I was playing amazing.

"Already at 5-1 I started thinking about what to do after the match and I kissed the grass because it was my first grand slam win, even though people do it when they win Wimbledon."

Medvedev now finds himself in uncharted waters – the second round of a Grand Slam – where he will take on Belgium's Ruben Bemelmans.

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All of Monday’s first-round results

Aljaz Bedene (Britain) beat 21-Ivo Karlovic (Croatia) 6-7(5) 7-6(6) 6-7(7) 7-6(7) 8-6
26-Steve Johnson (U.S.) beat Nicolas Kicker (Argentina) 6-4 7-5 6-3
Daniil Medvedev (Russia) beat 5-Stan Wawrinka (Switzerland) 6-4 3-6 6-4 6-1
Ruben Bemelmans (Belgium) beat Tommy Haas (Germany) 6-2 3-6 6-3 7-5
Damir Dzumhur (Bosnia and Herzegovina) beat Renzo Olivo (Argentina) 6-2 6-0 6-1
16-Gilles Muller (Luxembourg) beat Marton Fucsovics (Hungary) 7-5 6-4 6-2
Lukas Rosol (Czech Republic) beat Henri Laaksonen (Switzerland) 4-6 7-5 6-3 6-4
28-Fabio Fognini (Italy) beat Dmitry Tursunov (Russia) 6-1 6-3 6-3
Sergiy Stakhovsky (Ukraine) beat Julien Benneteau (France) 6-3 7-6(8) 2-6 6-2
14-Lucas Pouille (France) beat Malek Jaziri (Tunisia) 6-7(5) 6-4 6-4 7-6(2)
4-Rafa Nadal (Spain) beat John Millman (Australia) 6-1 6-3 6-2
7-Marin Cilic (Croatia) beat Philipp Kohlschreiber (Germany) 6-4 6-2 6-3
Peter Gojowczyk (Germany) beat Marius Copil (Romania) 7-6(5) 2-6 6-3 6-1
Andreas Seppi (Italy) beat Norbert Gombos (Slovakia) 6-2 3-6 6-2 6-1
Kevin Anderson (South Africa) beat 31-Fernando Verdasco (Spain) 2-6 7-6(5) 7-6(8) 6-3
Donald Young (U.S.) beat Denis Istomin (Uzbekistan) 5-7 6-4 6-4 4-2 (Istomin retired)
Florian Mayer (Germany) beat Viktor Troicki (Serbia) 6-1 0-0 (Troicki retired)
18-Roberto Bautista (Spain) beat Andreas Haider-Maurer (Austria) 6-3 6-1 6-2
1-Andy Murray (Britain) beat Alexander Bublik (Kazakhstan) 6-1 6-4 6-2
Thiago Monteiro (Brazil) beat Andrew Whittington (Australia) 4-6 6-3 7-6(4) 7-6(5)
9-Kei Nishikori (Japan) beat Marco Cecchinato (Italy) 6-2 6-2 6-0
30-Karen Khachanov (Russia) beat Andrey Kuznetsov (Russia) 7-6(4) 2-6 6-3 1-6 6-2
Jerzy Janowicz (Poland) beat Denis Shapovalov (Canada) 6-4 3-6 6-3 7-6(2)
Nikoloz Basilashvili (Georgia) beat Carlos Berlocq (Argentina) 6-4 7-6(3) 6-1
Benoit Paire (France) beat Rogerio Dutra Silva (Brazil) 6-4 3-6 7-6(10) 6-4
Simone Bolelli (Italy) beat Lu Yen-Hsun (Taiwan) 6-3 1-6 6-3 6-4
24-Sam Querrey (U.S.) beat Thomas Fabbiano (Italy) 7-6(5) 7-5 6-2
Dustin Brown (Germany) beat Joao Sousa (Portugal) 3-6 7-6(5) 6-4 6-4
12-Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (France) beat Cameron Norrie (Britain) 6-3 6-2 6-2
Pierre-Hugues Herbert (France) beat 20-Nick Kyrgios (Australia) 6-3 6-4 (Kyrgios retired)

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