Wimbledon 2015: First Round Notes

All the top seeds have played their first round Singles matches, and there have been no notable upsets. David Ferrer pulled out just before the main tournament. 
Novak Djokovic
He had perhaps the toughest first round opponent in German Phillip Kohlschreiber. He looked rusty in the first set, yet to shake off the disappointment of losing in Paris only weeks ago. But even Djokovic’s average game is enough to pull out the stops on the crucial points. The Serb looked in control emotionally, and took charge at the important junctures. He did just enough, and pulled through with ease in 3 sets. He would have faced veteran Aussie Lleyton Hewitt in the second round, but Hewitt lost in a pulsating 5-set encounter with fellow outgoing veteran Jarko Nieminen. Djokovic will face the southpaw in what could be a tricky second round. 
 
Roger Federer
The 7-time Wimbledon Champion and last year’s losing finalist looked in cruise control against Bosnia’s Damir Dzumhur. He mixed up his shots, almost like a practice session, came to the net, flattened his backhands and generally played an aggressive game against the unassuming Bosnian. He steamrolled his way through in 70 minutes, dropping just 7 games in his win. Federer always looks comfortable in his opening rounds, unlike the other top seeds. This works against him at times, when he actually faces a test unexpectedly. The Swiss could have that test sooner than later; he faces American Sam Querrey for the first time on grass in his second round. Federer should be ready, but won’t have it easy.
 
Andy Murray
Murray had a competitive first round encounter with Kazakh player Kukushkin, who actually had the opportunity to serve for the 1.5 hour second set against the Brit. However, Murray broke back and pulled through in straight sets, including a tough second set tiebreak. Murray got his test early, and this will only steel him for upcoming encounters. He has a tough second week draw. However, his 4th Queens title will give him confidence. Murray, as of now, is one of two outright favourites to win Wimbledon. 
 
Rafael Nadal
Nadal faced another southpaw in Bellucci, and found it easier to deal with. He looked confident, agile and got enough top spin on most of his forehands to trouble the young Italian. In the end, it wasn’t a definitive test, because Nadal will struggle a bit more against the right-handers. He is yet to go past the fourth round in the last four years, and will favour his chances for now. He has a tough quarter encounter with Murray though.
Tsonga suffered for five sets against giant Giles Muller, and came through after looking defeat in the eye. It would have been a big blow to the Frenchman, but as of now, he is still on course to face Murray in the fourth round. 
 
Wawrinka, Kyrgios, Cilic and Dimitrov all faced no issues while going through, and Kyrgios in particular, looked on fire. 

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