South Africa’s Kevin Anderson dropped a set but still won through on Day One at Wimbledon. Anderson ousted Lucas Pouille 6-2, 7-5, 3-6, 6-3 on Court 12 in the Gentlemen’s Singles First Round. The 29-year old bombed down 23 aces on his way to a second round clash with either Turkey’s Marsel Ilhan or Poland’s Jerzy Janowicz.
Roland Garros champion Stanislas Wawrinka also won in South London on the opening day. The Swiss came through 6-2, 7-5, 7-6 against Portugal’s Joao Sousa in one hour and 49 minutes on centre court. Wawrinka faces Victor Estrella-Burgos of the Dominican Republic next.
Meanwhile, Kei Nishikori needed five sets on at SW19 to progress past Simone Bolelli in the first round. Nishikori was pushed all the way in a marathon three hours and 21 minutes in a 6-3, 6-7, 6-2, 3-6, 6-3 win on Court 1. The Japanese will play Colombia’s Santiago Giraldo next up.
Earlier world number one Novak Djokovic needed two hours and two minutes in his First Round clash against Germany’s Philipp Kohlschreiber, to book his place in the next round. The top seed succeeded 6-4, 6-4, 6-4 on Centre Court and served 12 aces along the way. Djokovic served just one double fault while winning 75% of the points on his first serve.
The Serb also hit 36 winners as he looks to land a second title at the All-England Club. He plays Jarkko Nieminen next. Stanislas Wawrinka is the ther high-profile players in action at SW19 on Day One.