The favourites for the 2016 Wimbledon title in both the men's and women's draw all took care of business on Monday, as Andy Murray, Roger Federer, Serena Williams and Angelique Kerber cruised to the next round.
The biggest upset of the day came in the women's draw, where third-seeded Agnieszka Radwanska lost in three sets to Dominika Cibulkova in one of the best matches of the season.
Here's a look at the men's results:
|Milos Raonic (6) bt. David Goffin (11)||4-6, 3-6, 6-4, 6-4, 6-4|
|Lucas Pouille (32) bt. Bernard Tomic (19)||6-4, 4-6, 3-6, 6-4, 10-8|
|Andy Murray (2) bt. Nick Kyrgios (15)||7-5, 6-1, 6-4|
|Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (12) bt. Richard Gasquet (7)||4-2*|
|Marin Cilic (9) bt. Kei Nishikori (5)||6-1, 5-1*|
|Sam Querrey (28) bt. Nicolas Mahut||6-4, 7-6, 6-4|
|Roger Federer (3) bt. Steve Johnson||6-2, 6-3, 7-5|
Here is how the women fared:
|Venus Williams (8) bt. Carla Suarez Navarro (12)||7-6, 6-4|
|Elena Vesnina bt. Ekaterina Makarova||5-7, 6-1, 9-7|
|Angelique Kerber (4) bt. Misaki Doi||6-3, 6-1|
|Yaroslava Shvedova bt. Lucie Safarova (28)||6-2, 6-4|
|Simona Halep (5) bt. Madison Keys (9)||6-7, 6-4, 6-3|
|Dominika Cibulkova (19) bt. Agnieszka Radwanska (3)||6-3, 5-7, 9-7|
|Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (21) bt. Coco Vandeweghe (27)||6-3, 6-3|
|Serena Williams (1) bt. Svetlana Kuznetsova (13)||7-5, 6-0|
Williams overcame a shaky start and a rain delay to beat longtime rival Svetlana Kuznetsova 7-5, 6-0, dominating the latter part of the match with her serve and some excellent groundstrokes.
Both entered the contest having played a day earlier, and the wear and tear clearly set in for Kuznetsova toward the end of the first set. The 31-year-old almost gave up after a few games into the second, while Williams appeared to grow into the match and finished playing some of her best tennis.
Murray also played some fantastic tennis in his three-set win over Nick Kyrgios, who was able to keep up with the former Wimbledon champion early when his serve was clicking but faltered when Murray made some adjustments in the return game.
Per David Law of BBC 5 Live, the flamboyant Australian was in a great mood:
Kyrgios, chasing down a drop shot, knocked over Murray's water-bottles. Picked them up and placed them neatly next to his bag.2016-7-4 16:48:57
Kyrgios spent the second set chasing balls all over the court, and while he recovered to add some excitement to the third, Murray's spot in the next round was never in doubt.
The same can be said for Federer, who wasted little time dispatching Steve Johnson. The Swiss veteran appeared to slow down somewhat in the third set, which could be a concern moving forward, but his groundstrokes and slices were as crisp as ever. His clash with Cilic should be the tie of the next round.
Cilic qualified for the match by default, as Nishikori, who was visibly hampered by an injury from the start of the contest, was unable to continue past the second set. Per Rekord's Jose Morgado, he later confirmed he has been carrying the injury for some time:
José Morgado @josemorgado
Nishikori. "It's the same injury I had in Halle. Got worse and worse round by round. I was hoping to get better but it was too much pain".2016-7-4 14:44:48
Nishikori wasn't the only man to end his match prematurely on Monday. Gasquet and Tsonga provided the most touching moment of the day, as the latter carried one of Gasquet's bags off the court after their match, per Wimbledon's official Twitter account:
Countrymen sticking together. @tsonga7 helps the injured Gasquet carry his bags off court #Wimbledon https://t.co/EszUw8wuC22016-7-4 17:23:31
Kerber dropped just four games on her way to an easy win over Misaki Doi and appears the most in-form player in the women's draw. Meanwhile, Radwanska and Cibulkova served up one of the top matches of this year's tournament—a marathon affair that took over three hours to complete.
The third-seeded Radwanska had yet to play her best tennis coming into the match, but she and Cibulkova both gave it their all, drawing the final set out until the latter pulled away and finished things off with an emphatic winner.
Cibulkova crashed to the lawn after the final point before sharing a long hug with Radwanska, while the fans in attendance gave the two a standing ovation. It's doubtful we'll see a match of this quality again in this year's tournament, and it's a shame one of these two had to exit before the quarter-finals.