Wimbledon 2016 Day 1: As it happened


Live Tennis Scores, Wimbledon Day 1: Top seeds Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer in action on the opening day. (Source: Reuters)

Defending champion Novak Djokovic and 17-time Grand Slam winner Roger Federer advanced into the second round while French Open 2016 champion Gabrine Muguruza also advanced. Ava Inanovic failed to move on on Day 1 of Wimbledon.

Wimbledon Day 1

0059 hrs IST: ROGER FEDERER WINS! Pella did give him a lot of trouble but it was never that much for Roger. 7-6 7-6 6-3 win in two hours and 5 minutes to advance

0056 hrs IST: Roger Federer is a game win away from moving into the second round. He leads Pella 5-3 in the third set

0040 hrs IST: A seed has fallen. 17th sees Gael Monfils has lost Jeremy Chardy

0032 hrs IST: Federer wins! He has his second tie-break in the pocket and that gives him a 2-0 lead in the match against Pella. 7-6 7-6

0027 hrs IST: Federer doesn’t have a good record in the tie-breaker in his career. Still he is leading 6-1 in this one against Pella

0015 hrs IST: Nothing to separate the two players so far in the second set. 6-6 and we are into the tie-breaker with Federer winning the first

0000 hrs IST: This is not easy for Federer. Pella stretching the 17 time Grand Slam champion. It’s 2-2 in the second set

2353 hrs IST: Kerber has had an easy outing against Robson

2344 hrs IST: Bouchard has a point!

2341 hrs IST: And this year’s Australian Open champion Kerber has it easy! Robson no match for her as she rallies to a 6-2 6-2 win and move into the second round

2337 hrs IST: Federer keeps calm and wins the tie-break 7-4 and first set 7-6! Pella frustrated him in the tie-break but didn’t stop him from winning the set

2335 hrs IST: Pella with a superb play with two back-to-back drop shots and make it 5-6 in tie-break

2333 hrs IST: Jack Sock with a straight set win over Gulbis. Didn’t have trouble throught but Gulbis looked off colour. 6-4 6-4 6-4 win to Sock

2329 hrs IST: We are moving into the tie-breaker! Pella holds and it is 6-6 in the first set. Federer really struggling to get his shots right

2326 hrs IST: Lead to Federer! He holds in the 11th game and is leading 6-5 against Pella in the first set

2324 hrs IST: No break still for Roger Federer or Guido Pella. Each player holding to their serve and it’s 5-5 in the first set

2315 hrs IST: Simona Halep doesn’t break much sweat and eases into the second round with a 6-4 6-1 win over Schmeidlova

2310 hrs IST: No breaks for Roger Federer or Pella. The Swiss is still leading in the first set 4-3

2303 hrs IST: 772nd ranked, lowest at Wimbledon, Mark Willis wins his match vs Ricardas Berankis 6-3 6-3 6-4

2302 hrs IST: Kerber with 6-2 first set win over Robson in 36 minutes. So easy so far for her

2300 hrs IST: 5th seed Halep is up 2-0 in the second set against Schmeidlova after winning the first 6-4

2257 hrs IST: Australian Open champion Kerber leading Robson 5-2 in the first. Easy so far for her with some long rallies

2253 hrs IST: Federer with a hold and leads 1-0 against Pella. Some good serves from Federer and Pella has no answers to them

2245 hrs IST: Roger Federer on court 1 for the his match against Pella of Argentina

2238 hrs IST: Muguruza passes the test. Tough for her but eventually she beats Giorgi 6-2 7-5 6-4

2216 hrs IST: Muguruza leads Giorgi 4-2 in the deciding set of her opening contest. The French Open 2016 winner made to work hard on the grass, in the whites

2210 hrs IST: Nishikori seals his opening contest 6-4 6-3 7-5. He moves into Rd 2 with a good win

2202 hrs IST: 17th seed Gael Monfils is also in the court. He is up against Chardy of France. He had pulled out of French Open recently

2201 hrs IST: Nishikori finding to get winners against Groth in the third set but still leads him 6-5

2201 hrs IST: 17th seed Stivolina is through to the second round after an east 6-2 6-3 win over Broady of Britain

2159 hrs IST: Fifth seed Simona Halep is on the court. She will be facing Switzerland’s Schmeidlova

2155 hrs IST: Nishikori and Groth are tied 5-5 in the third set after the Japanese won the first two

2150 hrs IST: Milos Raonic finishes Busta in three set. In one hour and 53 minutes, he wins 7-6, 6-2, 6-4 to advance to second round

2144 hrs IST: Roanic just one game away from the opening win at Wimbledon 2016. He is leading Busta 5-4 in the third set

2141 hrs IST: Giorgi takes the second set 7-5 against Muguruza and it’s 1-1. We are moving into the third set. Upset on the cards for the French Open champion?

2136 hrs IST: Milos Raonic up 3-2 in the third set against Busta. Has been an easy ride for him so far

2130 hrs IST: Giorgi is troubling Muguruza. She has the advantage after deuce

2125 hrs IST: Nishikori leading Groth in the third set

2120 hrs IST: Giorgi has turned it around in the second set, leads Muguruza 5-4

2100 hrs IST: Two time champion Kvitova has her parents with her at SW19

2056 hrs IST: Belgian 11th seed David Goffin has ended the hopes of Britain’s Alexander Ward as he records a 6-2, 6-3, 6-2 win.

2052 hrs IST: After 3 hours 21 minutes, Sam Querrey beats Lukas Rosol 6-7, 6-7, 6-4, 6-2 and 12-10! In another five setter, Denis Istomin downs 20th seed Kevin Anderson 4-6, 6-7, 6-4, 7-6, 6-3 in 3 hours 35 minutes.

2050 hrs IST: Nicolas Mahut is Monday’s latest winner. The Frenchman has ended the hopes of Britain’s Brydan Klein with a 7-6(0), 6-4, 6-4 win.

2041 hrs IST: Giorgi’s forehand goes long and Muguruza takes the first set 6-2

2040 hrs IST: Three set points for Muguruza and then a double fault. Two more…

2040 hrs IST: On Court 1, Kei Nishikori has won the first set 6-4 over Australia’s Sam Groth.

2038 hrs IST: On Court 5, Lukas Rosol and Sam Querrey are locked at 9-9 in the fifth. Just over three hours that one.

2037 hrs IST: Muguruza leads 5-2 in the first set. Giorgi after a spirited start has fizzled out.

2017 hrs IST: Fierce hitting from both Muguruza and Giorgi as they exchange blows from the back of the court. And after saving five break points in a game spanning ten minutes, Muguruza breaks.

2013 hrs IST: Djokovic always breaking and creating records

2009 hrs IST: And now Muguruza is broken. On serve now!

2008 hrs IST: On court 16, Grigor Dimitrov wins his first round with ease beating Bjorn Fratangelo 6-3, 6-4, 6-2

2006 hrs IST: And Muguruza breaks! Good early advantage for the Spaniard.

2002 hrs IST: One break point for Muguruza and it is saved with a strong serve and put away.

2000 hrs IST: Muguruza against Giorgi starts. The Italian serves first.

1954 hrs IST: Madison Keys – newest entrant to the top 10 list – beats Laura Siegemund 6-3, 6-1.

1951 hrs IST: Djokovic on the win: “The first nine games, my game was flawless. I felt great. The nerves just kicked in for James but he started playing better. It was a very solid performance and a wonderful experience to come to this cradle of our sport.”

1939 hrs IST: GAME, SET, MATCH! Djoko through to Rd 2 with 6-0 7-6 6-4 win over Ward

1937 hrs IST: Venus Williams advances with a 7-5 6-4 win in her opening round

1932 hrs IST: Ward stays alive in the contest with an impressive hold. Djokovic, 5-4 up, will now serve for the set

1926 hrs IST: Four comfortable points for Ward in hold of serve. Djokovic still leads 4-3 in the third

1924 hrs IST: Nicolas Almagro wins the first five-setter of Wimbledon. The Spaniard comes through 6-3, 6-7(6), 7-5, 3-6, 6-3 against Brazil’s Rogerio Dutra Silva

1920 hrs IST: Ward with an excellent game to narrow Djokovic’s lead in the third set. It’s 3-2 to the Serb

1912 hrs IST: Break follows the hold and Djokovic takes control of proceedings with 3-1 lead in third set

1908 hrs IST: Djokovic with an early break in the third set, and he moves 2-1 up

1904 hrs IST: Some key results from other courts: David Ferrer beats Dudi Sela 6-2, 6-1, 6-1 and Ivo Karlovic downs Borna Coric 7-6, 7-6, 6-4

1900 hrs IST: Ward’s backhand is wide and Djokovic wins second set 7-6

1856 hrs IST: In a battle of backhand slices, Djokovic wins as Wards’ sails long.

1854 hrs IST: Superb backhand cross court winner by Ward and tiebreak!

1853 hrs IST: Fine serve down the tee and Djokovic can’t return. Game point Ward.

1853 hrs IST: Cross court by Djokovic can’t be caught by Ward and deuce.

1853 hrs IST: Djokovic forehand goes long at 30-30 for game point

1852 hrs IST: Ward finally getting his serve into the right spots – mostly on the ad court.

1851 hrs IST: Ward to serve to take the second set into the tiebreak. Error by Ward on the forehand side at 15-15.

1849 hrs IST: Ward returns a smash but can’t return a strong volley then on. Game.

1849 hrs IST: Ward returns the Djokovic serve long. Game point.

1848 hrs IST: Poor return this time though. The chip from the forehand side is long. Deuce. Three break points wasted.

1847 hrs IST: Beautiful deep return by Ward on the Djokovic second serve and another break point.

1847 hrs IST: Break point once again. Strong serve down the centre and it is into the net by Ward.

1846 hrs IST: Good cross court rally and Djokovic moves forward to the net and misses the volley.

1846 hrs IST: Great serve out wide resulting in a poor reply and an easy put away. Back to deuce.

1845 hrs IST: Luck going Ward’s way – hits the top of the tape and trickles over. Break point!

1845 hrs IST: Squandered by a wild forehand that sails over.

1844 hrs IST: Superb serve out wide at 30-30 and ace to bring up game point.

1842 hrs IST: Djokovic looks really rusty on his forehand – making uncharacteristic errors.

1840 hrs IST: Spectacular serving by the British wildcard. First forcing a service error and then an ace down the tee. At 40-30, Djokovic hits the net and it is 5-5!

1836 hrs IST: Short cross court forehand and Ward can’t get it back from his backhand side. Game Novak. Ward will be under pressure now to hold serve and prolong this second set.

1835 hrs IST: Ward has continued to grow into this second set. Things winning a single game can do to one’s confidence. Helped partially by a rugged Djokovic.

1831 hrs IST: Ward continues to fight against Djokovic. He holds serve to make it 4-4 in the second set

1828 hrs IST: Djokovic returns to lead with the hold. 4-3!

1822 hrs IST: The break follows a comfortable hold from Ward. He makes it 3-3 in the second set vs Djokovic


1819 hrs IST: Unlike the first set, Djokovic fails to fightback and Ward breaks serve to make it 2-3 in the second set

1818 hrs IST: Ward with three straight points, and he’s 40-0 up on Djokovic’s serve

1815 hrs IST: After losing nine games on the trot, Ward finally holds serve to win one. Loud cheer from the crowd. Djokovic, 3-1 up in the second, on the serve now

1813 hrs IST: ALL TOO EASY! Ferrer sees off Sela 6-2 in the opening set

1809 hrs IST: Djokovic starts the second set with another comfortable hold of serve. He’s warming up in style against local lad James Ward

1807 hrs IST: Cilic wins RD 1 contest with 6-3 7-5 6-3 win over Baker

1802 hrs IST: Break, game, set Djokovic! The Serb takes the first set against Ward 6-0

1800 hrs IST: Elsewhere, Ferrer leads Sela 4-1 in first set of his Rd 1 contest

1759 hrs IST: The break follows an easy hold. Djokovic races to 5-0 lead over Ward

1758 hrs IST: Djokovic with another break, and the Serb in command at 4-0 in the opening set

1756 hrs IST: Variety! angles, slices, drops, deep forehands. Djokovic showcasing his skills, and dominating Ward in the opening set

1754 hrs IST: Djokovic saves another break point. Ward is serving well but just not able to deliver when it matters

1749 hrs IST: From 0-40 down, Djokovic fights back to hold serve. Moves 3-0 up in opening set

1748 hrs IST: Cilic continues to dominate Baker. After sealing the second set 7-5, he’s 3-1 up in the third

1747 hrs IST: Djokovic with big serves to make it 40-40, from 0-40, in the third game

1745 hrs IST: Ward generates a nice angle on the backhand, and has three chances to break Djokovic early

1744 hrs IST: Elsewhere, Venus Williams starts her Wimbledon 2016 campaign against Donna Vekic

1742 hrs IST: Powerful forehand and Djokovic breaks Ward to pocket the second game

1740 hrs IST: Good rally between Djokovic and Ward but the Serb hits the lob long to conceded advantage

1737 hrs IST: Elsewhere, Sergiy Stakhovsky beats Yoshihito Nishioka 6-3 6-4 6-4

1734 hrs IST: No nerves as Djokovic comfortably holds serve. Loud cheer for Ward as he gets ready to serve

1730 hrs IST: DJOKO TIME! Novak Djokovic to open his #Wimbledon defence against local lad James Ward. Catch it LIVE!

1718 hrs IST: Carina Witthoeft sees off Irina Camelia Begu 6-1 6-4 in her opening round

1710 hrs IST: Numbers! Yes, they paint a dominating picture for World No.1 Novak Djokovic. He will be shortly in action on Centre Court

1708 hrs IST: GAME, SET, MATCH Lisicki as she wins her Rd 1 contest against Rogers 6-1 6-3

1705 hrs IST: FIRST WINNER! Daria Kasatkina it is! The Russian storms to a 6-0 7-5 win over Victoria Duva

1704 hrs IST: Borna Coric and Ivo Karlovic settle the first set via a tiebreak. Karlovic seals it 7 (10) – 6 (8)

1702 hrs IST: Rogers is testing Lisicki in the second set now. It’s still 4-3 in Lisicki’s favour but it’s unfolding into an interesting battle

1700 hrs IST: Stosur maintains her cool under pressure to take the opening set against Linette 7-5

1650 hrs IST: Stat check! Last time Roger Federer won the title was in Olympic year – 2012. And it’s 2016 – Rio Games!

1647 hrs IST: Linette is locked 5-5 with Stosur in the opening set. This is turning out to be a marathon set for Stosur

1645 hrs IST: Quick venue guide. Here’s a look at where your favourite tennis players will be in action in the whites

1643 hrs IST: So we know who won the first point. Any guesses who will seal the last? Early days, but never late for a wild guess. Leave your option in the comments box below

1640 hrs IST: Baker kicks off the second set with a comfortable hold of serve against Cilic

1637 hrs IST: Meanwhile, the Centre Court all in readiness for the Djokovic vs James Ward

1636 hrs IST: Cilic holds serve, and with that hold he seals the first set vs Baker in 25 minutes

1634 hrs IST: Early break for Cilic and he opens a two-game lead in the first set. 5-3 up, he’ll now serve for the set

1629 hrs IST: Lisicki takes the opening set against Rogers 6-1. Elsewhere, Cilic holds serve to make it 4-3 against Baker

1627 hrs IST: In women’s singles. Lisicki is dominating Rogers 5-1 in the first set of her first game on the greens

1624 hrs IST: Cilic is up against Baker in the opening round and he leads 3-2

1622 hrs IST: Officially underway!

1620 hrs IST: And we get underway on the greens! The sun’s out, get the strawberries and the cream as the year’s most-awaited Grand Slam is here

The build-up

Novak Djokovic eyes fourth Wimbledon title

Novak Djokovic currently holds all four majors. (Source: AP)

Having finally rid himself of his French Open curse, Novak Djokovic is chasing a third successive Wimbledon title to move one step closer to the first calendar Grand Slam in 47 years.

Murray detects British buzz ahead of Wimbledon

Andy Murray lifted a record fifth Queen’s title earlier this month. (Source: Reuters)

World number two Andy Murray believes he might not be the only British player to thrive at this year’s Wimbledon and has backed some of the other 14 local hopefuls to make their mark at the grasscourt grand slam.

‘Pressure? What pressure?’

Serena Williams lost to Spain’s arbine Muguruza in the French Open final. (Source: Reuters)

Serena Williams gave little away on Sunday as she assessed her chances of retaining her Wimbledon title and dismissed suggestions that she is under any pressure.

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