Wimbledon begins without Murray but with Roger Federer, Serena Williams

Roger Federer

"It's a great feeling to win like this on Centre Court", said Wawrinka, twice a quarter-finalist at Wimbledon.

The 36-year-old's whites were missing the usual swish and the familiar RF emblem was not on his headband after the 20-times Grand Slam champion's long-term deal with American apparel and equipment company Nike ended in March. Now she is a mother and she seemed to struggle a bit against the 105 ranked Rus.

In the ninth game, Sloane recovered from match point at 30-40; then lost a game point before succumbing on the fifth match point to lose the set 6-3.

"I feel like a superhero", Williams had said after her Grand Slam comeback in Paris, where she caused a sensation wearing a black catsuit until a pectoral injury cut her return short. "I don't go out there expecting to "do well" or 'see what happens.' That's just not me".

Stephens, the fourth seed, played no grass warm-up tournaments after reaching the final of the French Open on clay.

Nadal is seeking a first Wimbledon title since 2010, which would also make him just the second man to do the French Open-Wimbledon double three times.

But the Swiss was always going to be a unsafe floater in the main draw and so it proved as he beat sixth-seeded Bulgarian Dimitrov 1-6 7-6 (7/3) 7-6 (7/5) 6-4.

"I can't really comment about that because I didn't know that".


However, the two-time Grand Slam champion maintained her focus to close out the match and set up a second-round meeting with Alison Van Uytvanck of Belgium.

Williams, who gave birth to her daughter in September, won the last of her crowns at SW19 in 2016, which was also the last time that she competed in south London. She went a few weeks without even attempting to serve, while healing, and insisted she wasn't entirely sure how she'd fare with that stroke Monday.

Muguruza faced only one break point in the match, but her failure to convert the regular chances she created on Broady's delivery made for a competitive second set.

Maybe so, but Williams double-faulted on the initial point, and dropped in some offerings in the low 80s miles per hour, rather slow for her.

Still, Williams had her issues.

OLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty ImagesTRUE GRITU.S. player Madison Keys grimaces during her match with Australia's Ajla Tomljanović. Wawrinka went on to win the match in four.Clive Brunskill/Getty ImagesAIRBORNEFederer serves.Clive Mason/Getty ImagesANTICIPATIONSloane Stephens of the US eyes a shot while playing Donna Vekić of Croatia. "I think he was disappointed", Goffin said - but happy enough on court later, when he survived a minor scare to beat the American qualifier Christian Harrison in four sets on an outside court.

"But it's nice that more and more players are able to keep themselves in shape".

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