Nadal and Murray both fought off slow starts – Murray from a set down – to seal some emphatic victories, and keeping their semi-final hopes alive. The world no. 1 was very appreciative of opening proceedings at the All England Club – something he couldn’t do so as the defending champion in 2009 as he had to pull out of the tournament after suffering from tendonitis in his infamous knees. Nadal d. Russel 64 62 62; Murray d. Gimeno-Traver 46 63 60 60
Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer both fought off early opposition and then sailed through their opening matches. Both are more than looking the part to reach the latter stages of the tournament. Djokovic d. Chardy 64 61 61; Federer d. Kukushkin 76 64 62
Venus Williams cruised into the second round defeating Akgul Amanmuradova 63 61. It was a tougher and more emotional journey to the second round for sister Serena as she fought to win her first Slam match in three sets against a tough, hard-hitting Arvanne Rezai 36 63 61. The 4 time Wimbledon champion, overcome with emotion due to the tumultuous battle she’s had with illness and injury, broke down, much to her surprise with tears of joy; showing the world just how appreciative she is to be alive and to be competing again.
Other favourite Sharapova looked in commanding form, winning her match against Chakvetadze 62 61.
Gentleman’s thriller: Fernando Verdasco engaged in a 5 set battle with in-form Radek Stepanek, in the first competitive gentleman’s tussle. The Spaniard took it 97 in the fifth.
Gentlemen’s shock: Former world no. 3 Nicolay Davydenko losing in straight sets to spunky Aussie Bernard Tomic.
Ladies thriller: Francesa Schiavone and Jelena Dokic engaged in a very competitive match from start to finish, with a point here and there determining a victory for the Italian French Open winner.
Ladies shock: World no. 10 Sam Stosur going down to Melinda Czink, the lowest ranked player (262) in the championships.
Rafa Rafa Rafa – I’m loving how happy and keen Rafa is. It’s like the guy’s been eating happy pasta with rainbow gambas and washing it down with tickle juice. I totally get how obsessed he was with the newly laid centre court grass, being a borderline OCD sufferer and all.
Nole and Fed power though. Shocking. Didn’t really get to see these matches because life has to be annoying and decide that humans must work to be able to eat.
I actually tear-ed up a little when Serena cried, it was like, omigosh so touching. It means so much to the lassie. I know what she meant when she was so shocked at her tears of joy. I had tears of joy for the first time not too long ago during Gilmore Girls, when Lorelai finally got the happiness she deserved. And shocking it was.