Wimbledon Tennis Championships 2014 – Day 1

A fantastic opening day at Wimbledon 2014, with great weather, stunning performances by the top players, and no major upsets.

Andy Murray, defending his Wimbledon 2013 title, beat David Goffin in a relatively easy first round match (6-1  6-4  7-5). The 23 year old Belgian got off to a shaky start, but played well in the next two sets, making some spectacular forehand winners down the line. Goffin presented a real challenge in the third set, but Andy managed to win in straight sets.

Catch up on the BBC1 documentary When Andy Won Wimbledon on iPlayer.

Novak Djokovic had an easy first round victory (6-0  6-1  6-4) over Andrey Golubev of Kazakhstan. After Djokovic won the first two sets with ease, Golubev managed to avoid going into meltdown and put up a good fight in the third set, but not enough to give Djokovic any real trouble.

A minor upset was the early exit of 18th seed Fernando Verdasco, beaten in round 1 by world No. 58 Marinko Matosevic. And in the women’s draw, 17th seed Sam Stosur lost to unseeded Yanina Wickmayer of Belgium.

Grigor Dimitrov, who Andy Castle thinks has an outside chance of winning Wimbledon this year, beat American rising star Ryan Harrison in straight sets. After a close opening set which Dimitrov won on tiebreak, the next two sets were less of a challenge to the Bulgarian boyfriend of Maria Sharapova. Final score: 7-6  6-3  6-2.

 

Dominic Londesborough is a personal trainer in London and founder of Fitness4London.com

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