Rafael Nadal was easily able to win his first round match against the world rank no. 274 from Japan, Yuichi Sugita to set up his revenge match in the 2nd round against Nick Kyrgios.
Nadal, the two times winner of the Wimbledon was beaming with confidence during his match at Court One when he defeated his 30 years old opponent by 6-3, 6-1 and 6-3.
This is the first time since 2010 that Nadal is bidding for winning the All-England Club title. He is currently world rank no. 2 but is seeded as the third player right behind Federer as Wimbledon follows their own seeding formula which primarily takes in account of player’s performance on grass court.
Nadal will now face Kyrgios, who has accused him of disrespect during heir match at Acapulco this year. Kyrgios moved into the 2nd round after defeating his countryman Jordan Thompson by 7-6, 3-6, 7-6, 0-6 and 6-1.
As for the major prospect for Nadal, Denis Shapovalov for their third round match has unfortunately seen an early exit from the tournament after being defeated by Richard Berankis by 7-6, 6-4 and 6-3.
As for the 8 times Wimbledon champion Roger Federer, he had to fight a tough battle to overcome his sluggish start as he lost the first set against Lloyd Harris. Ultimately, Federer found his ground to win over his opponent by 3-6, 6-1, 6-2 and 6-2.
Federer who is aiming to win his 21st Grand Slam title is now going to face Jay Clarke for the 2nd round match.
Among other high profile exits of the first round matches, Dominic Thiem was the last one after he was beaten by the finalist of this year French open, Sam Querrey by 7-6, 6-3 and 6-0.
Kei Nishikori, the 8th seeded Japanese player managed to easily beat his opponent Thiago Monteiro of Brazil by 6-4, 7-6 and 6-4.
As for Bernard Tomic, he is facing huge criticism as he lost the shortest match in the 15 years past history of Wimbledon against Jo-Wilfried Tsonga by 6-2, 6-1 and 6-4.