Wimbledon 2017 | Stan Wawrinka crashes out in first round while Nadal, Murray cruise into the second

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Wimbledon 2017 | Stan Wawrinka crashes out in first round while Nadal, Murray cruise into the second

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SportsCafe Desk

07/04/2017

Stan Wawrinka bowed out of Wimbledon 4-6, 6-3, 4-6, 1-6 against Daniil Medvedev on the first day while Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray cruised past their opponents into the second round of the event. Meanwhile, Petra Kvitova, Venus Williams, Johanna Konta registered easy wins on the first day.

Stan Wawrinka was made to take an early exit after 21-year old Daniil Medvedev defeated the fifth seed to win his first major Grand Slam match. Wawrinka came into the event looking to complete his Grand Slam trophy list but suffered an early setback with Medvedev taking the first set. However, the Swiss was not ready to surrender easily and levelled the game taking the second set 6-3.

Following his second set win, the 32-year old looked in distress and received some treatment from the physio on his left knee that had gone under the knife in the past. He was also seen using an ice pack to drown the pain and took to the centre court in the third set. However, the hobbling World No. 3 could not overcome his Russian opponent in the third and went down 4-6 with Medvedev in the lead.

The last and deciding set saw Wawrinka give up as Medvedev eased past the French Open finalist to pull off the first major upset on day one of Wimbledon

On the other hand, Rafael Nadal made a victorious return to the court after his record French Open win defeating Australia's John Milman 6-1, 6-3, 6-2 in his 50th Wimbledon match to advance to the second round of the Grand Slam event.

Defending champion Andy Murray like his Fab Four contemporary overcame Kazakhstan's Alexander Bublik in straight sets of 6-1 6-4 6-2 despite his hip injury that was evident as the World No. 1 defeated his opponent limping.  

Elsewhere, seventh seed Marin Cilic and ninth seed Kei Nishikori registered easy wins to sail into the second round of the grass-court event.

In women's singles category, second seed Simona Halep registered an easy 6-4, 6-1 win over New Zealand's Marina Erakovic while Britain's Johana Konta and Heather Watson sailed into the second rounds. Tenth seed Venus Williams defeated Elise Mertens 7-6, 6-4 in the first round but broke into tears when questioned about the allegations levied on the five-time champion with regards to her involvement in a fatal car crash in a post-match press conference.

Petra Kvitova carried her inspirational return to the sport after a knife attack and defeated Johanna Larsson 6-3, 6-4 to progress to the second round of Wimbledon.

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