Murray, Nadal aim to bury Wimbledon doubts
- Author: Neal Todd Jul 05, 2017,
Jul 05, 2017, 0:07
I didn't know the guy I was playing.
Williams is being sued by the estate of an elderly Florida man who died last month after his vehicle was hit by a auto driven by the American star.
With three break points to save, and his Wimbledon hopes already teetering on the brink, the simplest of returns floated gently up Centre Court towards the usually devastating backhand of Stan Wawrinka. With the match tied at one-set-all, the world number 65 from Hamburg found herself 0-5 down in the final set but produced an astonishing comeback against the 26th seed to win 6-3, 5-7, 8-6. "I will just try to play match-by-match, try to do my best, but I would say if I can reach a quarterfinal, I would be happy".
The 32-year-old Swiss, who was struggling with a knee injury, fell to Russia's Wimbledon debutant Daniil Medvedev 6-4 3-6 6-4 6-1 on Centre Court at the London tournament. I beat a lot of good guys on grass.
Wawrinka, who finished as runner-up at the French Open, entered the match with a nagging left knee injury. This was his sixth defeat in the first round at the All England Club.
But for defending champion Andy Murray, neither a nagging injury to his left hip nor a brief rain delay seemed to pose any challenge.
"I thought two weeks between Queen's and now would be enough but it wasn't".
There was also a straightforward win for 10th seed Venus Williams in the first round of the women's singles, with the 37-year-old - playing her 20th Wimbledon - brushing aside Elise Mertens 7-6 (9-7) 6-4.
Although the 134th-ranked Bublik's eccentric style of play, built on drop shots and slices, tested Murray's mobility, he countered with his defensive game and took advantage of his opponent's errors.
There was no such trouble for Murray though as he kept his concentration despite two rain delays to win in straight sets.
Bemelmans got the better of veteran Tommy Haas in four sets in his opening round match.
Rafa Nadal moved seamlessly from months of claycourt success to a satisfyingly smooth first-round victory on grass as he opened his Wimbledon campaign with a commanding 6-1 6-3 6-2 victory over Australian John Millman yesterday. He reached the semifinals in 2009, losing to Roger Federer, but needed a wild-card to compete this year.