Murray win sets up another major serve-volley examination

As usual, there were one or two upsets and surprises in the first day’s play at The Championships.

Stan was most definitely not ‘the man’ at Wimbledon on Monday as the number five seed was sent packing in the first round by young Russian Daniil Medvedev.

The three-time grand slam winner Wawrinka was struggling with a knee injury and used ice packs throughout the match, but he was comprehensively outplayed by his 21-year old opponent, for whom it was a first ever grand slam win.

The result though is not that shocking though, when you consider that it was Wawrinka’s sixth first-round loss at Wimbledon.

In fact, the best Stan has ever done on the grass of south-west London is a couple of quarterfinal appearances, so it’s probably fair to say that the green stuff is just not his surface.

Another top player suffering from injury is world number one Andy Murray, whose Wimbledon warm-up was hampered by a hip injury that forced him to miss two exhibition matches.

The reigning champ, however, showed no ill effects during his straight sets win over Russia’s Alexander Bublik to set up a tricky second tie against the dreadlocked serve-and-volley merchant Dustin Brown.

Let’s hope it turns out better for Murray than his last encounter against a serve-volley player – a fourth round loss to Mischa Zverev at the Australian Open in Melbourne.

Brown already has one famous Wimbledon scalp (he famously beat Rafael Nadal in the second round in 2015) and will be dreaming of taking another.

Meanwhile, the man Brown beat, Rafael Nadal was so dominant in his victory over John Millman that the defeated and deflated Aussie accused him of ‘abusing him’ after the match.

Millman won just six games as Nadal powered past him into the next round, leaving the shellshocked 137th-ranked Aussie to thank his lucky stars that the match hadn’t been played on Rafa’s preferred surface of clay.

The win was also Nadal’s 850th career victory. The two-time Wimbledon champion became just the seventh player to reach the landmark along with Roger Federer, Jimmy Connors, Ivan Lendl, John McEnroe, Andre Agassi and Guillermo Villas.

Kei Nishikori was also in dominant form as he gave up just four games in his win over Italy’s Marco Cecchinato.

Tournament favourite Roger Federer gets his bid for a record eighth Wimbledon crown underway Tuesday with a tie against Alexandr Dolgopolov of Ukraine, while Novak Djokovic, fresh from his win in Eastbourne faces Slovakia’s Martin Klizan.

In the women’s draw there were regulation wins for Petra Kvitova, Karolina Pliskova and Simona Halep.

Meanwhile, 10th seed Venus Williams was in the pink – literally – during her first round victory over Elise Mertens of Belgium, as she was forced into a mid-match underwear swap after taking to to the court in a pink bra.

The visible straps were obviously too much for Wimbledon officials and the tournament’s ‘all white’ dress code, meaning Venus had to perform a quick change during a rain delay.

It wasn’t the only time Williams had to leave, as she broke down and had to exit the room during the post match press conference when asked about her recent involvement in a fatal car crash.

Let’s hope she can recover mentally in time for her second-round match against China’s Qiang Wang.

Other Asian players in action on Monday included China’s Shuai Peng, who advanced with a three-set win over Marketa Vondrousova of the Czech Republic.

Compatriot Duan Yingying was not so fortunate, going down 6-4, 6-2 to Anna Bogdan of Romania.

Meanwhile, Britain’s Johanna Konta exacted revenge for her first-round defeat at Roland Garros by beating Hsieh Su-wei of Taiwan 6-2, 6-2.

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