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The Championships, Wimbledon 2017

The Championships, Wimbledon 2017

Stan Wawrinka out of Wimbledon as Rafael Nadal breezes past John Millman

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Stan Wawrinka, the fifth seed, crashed out of Wimbledon on the opening day after defeat to Daniil Medvedev

Three-time Grand Slam champion Stan Wawrinka became the first big-name exit at Wimbledon, suffering a first-round defeat to debutant Daniil Medvedev.

The Swiss fifth seed, who has won all three other Grand Slam titles and beat Andy Murray on the way to the French Open final last month, continued his struggles in SW19 where he has never gone beyond the quarter-finals.

Clearly struggling with a knee injury, he lost his way after claiming the second set against the 21-year-old Russian who advanced to the second round thanks to a 6-4 3-6 6-4 6-1 victory on his Wimbledon debut.

Medvedev, the world no 49, had lost in the final round of qualifying to Marcus Willis last year and he enjoyed a fairy tale of his own on Centre Court as he dominated Wawrinka who suffered a sixth first-round exit at the All England Club.

“I wasn’t feeling the way I wanted to feel. But I played against a great player who was confident,” said Wawrinka.

Medvedev kissed the Centre Court grass to celebrate his victory, his first at any Slam.

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“A year ago I was ranked 250. If someone told me in one year I would win on Centre Court I would tell you you are joking,” said the Russian.

Meanwhil, Rafael Nadal’s tilt for a third Wimbledon title began with a 6-1 6-3 6-2 victory over Australian John Millman.

Rafael Nadal brushed past John Millman in straight sets on Monday
Rafael Nadal brushed past John Millman in straight sets on Monday

The 31-year-old – who was playing his first competitive game on grass this year – continued with the fine form which saw him clinch the French Open last month.

Nadal was absent for last year’s Wimbledon, while the Spaniard had suffered exits to players ranked in the 100s in his previous four trips to the All England Club.

However, there was to be no repeat on the opening Monday at SW19, with the 15-time Grand Slam champion breezing past the world No 137 on Court One – a second-round clash against Donald Young awaits Nadal.

 

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