Many of tennis' brightest stars took to the courts Tuesday to begin their runs at a Wimbledon title.
On Day 1, we saw plenty of brilliant performances, thrilling finishes and upset victories—that trend continued on Day 2.
No. 15 Jerzy Janowicz held on to advance in five sets against Somdev Devvarman, No. 16 Carolina Wozniacki was phenomenal against Shahar Peer, and No. 14 Sara Errani was surprisingly bounced from the tournament by Caroline Garcia.
With these fluctuating results in mind, one question must be asked: How did the day's top contenders fare?
Let's take a look.
(2) Rafael Nadal def. Martin Klizan; 4-6, 6-3, 6-3, 6-3
The Roland Garros champion avoided the same fate he suffered last year when he moved through to the second round after defeating Klizan in four sets Tuesday.
The win put the Spaniard in some elite company, according to Live Tennis:
The match wasn't without anxiety for Nadal.
The No. 2 seed struggled in the first set in several departments. He won just four of 13 second-serve points, two of five net points and zero of two break points. Klizan was steady across the board and quickly put Nadal down one set.
That wouldn't last long.
Nadal began to catch fire in the second set, and his vast arsenal of weapons was simply too much for Klizan to handle.
The Spaniard looked great on the volley, winning 17 of 23 net points over the course of the match. He padded his numbers by winning 38 percent of his first-serve return points and 53 percent of his medium rallies.
Here's a great look at one of Nadal's brilliant highlights, via a tweet from SportsCenter:
Expect Nadal to only get stronger after overcoming his Round 1 opponent. The No. 2 seed now moves on to face Lukas Rosol in Round 2.
(5) Maria Sharapova def. Samantha Murray; 6-1, 6-0
Sharapova entered Wimbledon after a brilliant run to a French Open title last month, and she didn't show any signs of fatigue or slowing down in her victory against Murray on Tuesday.
Despite some inconsistency, Sharapova still won 81 percent of her first-serve points, four of five net points and all five break points while taking 59 percent of medium rallies and 56 percent of first-serve return points.
That's just sheer dominance, especially for having not played in top form.
Sharapova struggled early on first-serve attempts and didn't appear to be completely on her game; however, she was still far too much for Murray to handle.
Victoria Chiesa of World Team Tennis summed the match up perfectly:
According to Wimbledon's official Twitter account, Sharapova is attempting to accomplish a feat no one has achieved in over a decade:
Taking her performance Tuesday into consideration, that doesn't seem far-fetched at all. Sharapova will attempt to continue her dominance against Timea Bacsinszky in Round 2.
(4) Roger Federer def. Paolo Lorenzi; 6-1, 6-1, 6-3
Federer is seeking his eighth Wimbledon title this year, and his fantastic Round 1 performance certainly bodes well for the former world No. 1 going forward.
Early in the match, Federer's brilliance on grass was visibly apparent. Lorenzi attempted to challenge the No. 4 seed, showing aggression when approaching the net; however, Federer held strong and picked off his opponent with ease.
Aside from a stumble late in the third set in which Lorenzi saved five match points, it was a rather flawless performance for Federer.
With nine aces, 77 percent of first serves won, 71 percent of net points won, 40 winners, 51 percent of medium rallies won and 39 percent of first-serve return points won, Federer shone bright in all phases of the game.
Here's a great look at the numbers of the match, courtesy of Wimbledon's Twitter account:
In typical Federer fashion, he remained humble after the match when he spoke to Ron Atkin of Wimbledon.com.
"For me it was a solid match," Federer said. "I served well, returned well and also tried to come forward a bit. I could do everything out there and am very pleased."
Federer was also asked about his new coach Stefan Edburg and if an increase in serving and volleying might help Federer win another Wimbledon title:
Maybe it just reinforces the concept that it is possible, that I can actually do it. In 2001 when I made it to the quarters here I served and volleyed 80 percent on the first serve. It was normal. I even did some in 2003 when I first won here. Then every year I started doing less because the game started changing.
Now it could be that little extra piece to the puzzle that could bring me through, to have that extra option. I think it is helpful.
Can the No. 4 seed continue his prowess on grass and earn an astounding eighth title?
He certainly looked the part Tuesday.
Federer's next opponent will be Gilles Muller in Round 2.
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