The world No. 135 took out two-time Wimbledon champion Rafael Nadal in straight sets on Monday. The stunning result brought back memories of last year's tournament when Nadal bowed out in the second round in London, via the Wimbledon Twitter feed:
Overshadowed by Darcis' upset was Roger Federer, who played a nearly flawless match against Victor Hanescu, winning in straight sets to begin his title defense in dominant fashion.
Here we'll get you up to speed on what unfolded on Day 1 at the All England Club.
Notable Day 1 Results
|Men's Singles Draw|
|Andy Murray (2) defeats Benjamin Becker||6-4, 6-3, 6-2|
|Roger Federer (3) defeats Victor Hanescu||6-3, 6-2, 6-0|
|Steve Darcis defeats Rafael Nadal (5)||7-6 (7-4), 7-6 (10-8), 6-4|
|Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (6) defeats David Goffin||7-6 (7-4), 6-4, 6-3|
|Marin Cilic (10) defeats Marcos Baghdatis||6-3, 6-4, 6-4|
|Lleyton Hewitt defeats Stanislas Wawrinka (11)||6-4, 7-5, 6-3|
|Viktor Troicki defeats Janko Tipsarevic (14)||6-3, 6-4, 7-6 (7-5)|
|Nicolas Almagro (15) defeats Jurgen Zopp||6-4, 7-6 (7-2), 7-5|
|John Isner (18) defeats Evgeny Donskoy||6-1, 7-6 (7-5), 7-6 (7-3)|
|Women's Singles Draw|
|Victoria Azarenka (2) defeats Maria Joao Koehler||6-1, 6-2|
|Maria Sharapova (3) defeats Kristina Mladenovic||7-6 (7-5), 6-3|
|Monica Puig defeats Sara Errani (5)||6-3, 6-2|
|Petra Kvitova (8) defeats Coco Vandeweghe||6-1, 5-7, 6-4|
|Caroline Wozniacki (9) defeats Estrella Cabeza Candela||6-0, 6-2|
|Ana Ivanovic (12) defeats Virginie Razzano||7-6 (7-1), 6-0|
|Jelena Jankovic (16) defeats Johanna Konta||6-2, 7-5|
Rafael Nadal Suffers Early Stunner for Second Straight Year
For the first time in his remarkable career, Rafael Nadal lost in the opening round of a Grand Slam, as 29-year-old Belgian Steve Darcis joined Lukas Rosol as the Spaniard's worst Wimbledon nightmare:
While Nadal was hardly at his best on Monday, there's no doubt that Darcis outplayed the top-ranked superstar, smashing 53 winners while committing just 24 unforced errors for the match. Darcis also won 74 percent of his first-serve points and 32-of-46 points at net.
Nadal was limping late in the third set but made no excuses in his post-match press conference, crediting Darcis on a brilliant effort, via the Wimbledon Twitter feed:
Rafa will now have plenty of time to regroup and gear up for the summer hard-court season. Meanwhile, Darcis will take on Lukasz Kubot in the next round.
Roger Federer Cruises Into Second Round
Defending Wimbledon champion Roger Federer opened up his tournament with a bang on Centre Court on Monday, wiping out unseeded opponent Victor Hanescu in straight sets, 6-3, 6-2, 6-0.
The seven-time Wimbledon winner won a ridiculous 90 percent of his first-serve points for the match and racked up 32 winners to just six unforced errors. To say that the 31-year-old Swiss was sharp would be a massive understatement.
Federer showed how much he adores the All England Club with these post-match comments, via the tournament's Twitter feed:
Federer will take on unseeded Sergiy Stakhovsky in Round 2 on Wednesday.
Andy Murray Begins Wimbledon Journey With Straight-Sets Victory
Andy Murray was crisp in his execution for the most part on Day 1, taking out German Benjamin Becker in straight sets to advance to the second round. His win was also historic, according to Wimbledon's official Twitter account:
Murray recorded 38 winners to just 16 unforced errors on the day and won 80 percent of his first-serve points for the match. He seemed to improve with each set and the score backs that up, as he went on to win 6-4, 6-3, 6-2.
Murray's quest to become the first British men's champion since Fred Perry in 1936 will continue on Wednesday against Yen-Hsun Lu.
No. 5 Seed Errani Goes Out Early
Rafael Nadal wasn't the only fifth-seeded player to lose on Monday, as fifth-ranked female Sara Errani was thoroughly beaten by 19-year-old Puerto Rican Monica Puig, losing in straight sets 6-3, 6-2.
Although Errani never found her rhythm playing the first match of the day on Court No. 18, Puig made matters worse for the clay-court specialist as she played a spectacular match, connecting on 38 winners and winning 4-of-8 break points.
The loss marks Errani's first opening-round exit at Wimbledon since 2008.
Puig will advance to play Silvia Soler-Espinosa in the second round later this week.
Victoria Azarenka Overcomes Injury Scare to Advance
Two-time Wimbledon semifinalist Victoria Azarenka suffered an injury scare early in the second set of her win over Maria Joao Koehler, slipping awkwardly on the grass and screaming in pain, as shown by the Wimbledon Twitter feed:
After a few moments, Azarenka was helped to her feet and had her right knee taped up by the trainer. She would bounce back nicely and go on to win the second set easily, advancing to the second round with a 6-1, 6-2 victory.
Azarenka doubled faulted nine times in the match but won 57 percent of her receiving points to make up for her unforced errors.
Up next for Vika is unseeded Italian Flavia Pennetta in Round 2. It remains to be seen how healthy she will be moving forward.
Maria Sharapova Advances With Straight-Sets Win
2004 Wimbledon champion Maria Sharapova found herself in a dogfight early on in her opening-round match against Kristina Mladenovic, but she managed to pull out the first set after winning a hard-fought tiebreak.
The second set came much more easily for the Russian star, though, as she put down 14 winners, including two aces to finish off Mladenovic and secure a berth in the second round:
Sharapova, who has never lost in the first round at Wimbledon, will have a day off before battling Michelle Larcher de Brito in the second round.
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