The All England Club was jam-packed on Monday, as the world's brightest stars took center stage during Day 1 of the illustrious Wimbledon Championships.
Unlike many other tournaments, Wimbledon's field is abundantly strong, and the top-ranked players on both the men's and women's sides will be heavily tested early in the tournament.
Needless to say, we can expect to see some upset victories, remarkable runs and thrilling finishes throughout the duration of the event.
Let's take a look at some of the notable early scores from Day 1 at the All England Club. After all, the drama is just beginning to build in London.
(3) Andy Murray def. David Goffin 6-1, 6-4, 7-5
The defending champion looked good early, as Murray defeated Goffin in straight sets.
This came as great news to the local crowd, as 2014 marks the first time in 78 years a British Wimbledon champion took the court to defend his title.
It came as no surprise that Wimbledon's Twitter account was gearing up for his return:
Murray didn't disappoint; he looked relaxed and applied a great deal of pressure on Goffin early in the match. This forced Goffin into 12 unforced errors in the first set, which Murray took easily.
Goffin grew stronger as the match progressed, but Murray's serve was incredibly strong, winning 16 of 17 first-serve points in the second set and 18 of 22 points in the third to take the match in decisive fashion.
Eight aces for Murray and 28 unforced errors from Goffin really summed up this Round 1 duel.
After his match, Murray spoke during a press conference, via Alix Ramsay of Wimbledon.com, about his performance:
In terms of the way I struck the ball today, it was a good start. I was nervous today, I was nervous yesterday and walking to the court today, it brought back a lot of nice memories. I got a nice round of applause but once you sit down in the chair, it is time to move on from last year.
Murray now moves on to face Blaz Rola in their Round 2 match on Wednesday.
Yanina Wickmayer def. (17) Samantha Stosur 6-3, 6-4
As expected, Wimbledon delivered a handful of upsets early in the competition.
Stosur became an early seeded player to fall at the hands of 69th-ranked Wickmayer in consecutive sets.
The match wasn't as lopsided as the final score would indicate, as each player recorded 25 winners, and Stosur recorded just nine errors to Wickmayer's eight. Both served well during the match, with Stosur winning 74 percent of first-serve points and Wickmayer winning 71 percent.
Wimbledon's Twitter account also noted Wickmayer's prowess on the volley:
Stosur commented on the match during a press conference, via Vivienne Christie of Wimbledon.com:
It wasn't a very good start, for sure. But I actually didn't feel like, apart from trying to play that little catch up with a break behind, I felt like I was playing quite well. I served very well—having that break of serve right at the start, for her to get that lead (with that break of serve) obviously frees her up a little bit. I thought she played very, very well.
I don't feel like I played that bad a match to be honest with you.
Wimbledon remains a difficult challenge for Stosur, as she has only advanced past the second round twice in her 12 appearances in the tournament.
Wickmayer will continue her run in Round 2 against Ana Konjuh.
Tomas Berdych def. Victor Hanescu 6(5)-7(7), 6-1, 6-4, 6-3
Berdych is no stranger to the grass courts at Wimbledon, having earned a trip to the finals in 2010. However, he took an early stumble on Monday.
The statistic of the day for Berdych was his inability to come away with winners on break points. For the match, he won just five of his 25 break-point attempts—just a 20 percent clip.
Luckily, he made up for those struggles in other departments.
Despite a bit of an errant serve against Hanescu—Berdych only kept 72 of 112 first serves in—he still managed 22 aces on the match. Those aces helped him to accumulate 75 winners to Hanescu's 39.
Here's a great look at the match statistics, courtesy of Wimbledon's official Twitter account:
A total of 24 unforced errors is slightly unsettling for Berdych; however, his late-match resilience certainly bodes well moving forward.
The former finalist now moves on to face Bernard Tomic in Round 2.
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