Wimbledon 2018 Results: Winners, Scores, Stats from Monday's Singles Bracket

Gill Clark@@gillclarkyFeatured Columnist IJuly 2, 2018

Switzerland's Roger Federer celebrates after beating Serbia's Dusan Lajovic 6-1, 6-3, 6-4 in their men's singles first round match on the first day of the 2018 Wimbledon Championships at The All England Lawn Tennis Club in Wimbledon, southwest London, on July 2, 2018. (Photo by Glyn KIRK / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE        (Photo credit should read GLYN KIRK/AFP/Getty Images)
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Defending men's champion and top seed Roger Federer eased into the second round of Wimbledon 2018 after a straight sets win over Serbia's Dusan Lajovic on Monday.

The Swiss star needed just 79 minutes to clinch victory as he began his bid for a ninth men's singles title on the grass of SW19.

There were also wins for Milos Raonic, Marin Cilic and Stanislas Wawrinka, who dumped out sixth seed Grigor Dimitrov in four sets.

LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 02:  Stanislas Wawrinka of Switzerland (L) shakes hands with Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria after their Men's Singles first round match on day one of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club o
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In the women's draw, former champion Serena Williams made a successful return to Wimbledon with a straight-sets win over the Netherlands' Arantxa Rus.

Sister Venus is also into the second round after seeing off Johanna Larsson, as is second seed Caroline Wozniacki, who beat Uzbekistan's Varvara Lepchenko.

However, there were shocks in the women's draw, as fourth seed and U.S. Open champion Sloane Stephens went out after losing to Croatia's Donna Vekic.

Fifth seed Elina Svitolina's hopes are also over, as she went down in three sets to the unseeded Tatjana Maria.

Here's a look at Monday's results, followed by a recap of the best action.


Selected Results from Monday's Play

Men's Results

(1) Roger Federer bt. Dusan Lajovic 6-1, 6-3, 6-4

Stanislas Wawrinka bt. (6) Grigor Dimitrov 1-6, 7-6 (3), 7-6 (5), 6-4

(13) Milos Raonic bt. Liam Broady 7-5, 6-0, 6-1

(3) Marin Cilic bt. Yoshihito Nishioka 6-1, 6-4, 6-4

Gael Monfils bt. (23) Richard Gasquet 7-6 (6), 7-5, 6-4

(11) Sam Querrey bt. Jordan Thompson 6-2, 6-4, 6-3

(9) John Isner bt. Yannick Maden 6-2, 7-6 (4), 7-5

(8) Kevin Anderson bt. Norbert Gombos 6-3, 6-4, 6-4


Women's Results

(2) Caroline Wozniacki bt. Varvara Lepchenko 6-0, 6-3

Donna Vekic bt. (4) Sloane Stephens 6-1, 6-3

(9) Venus Williams bt. Johanna Larsson 6-7 (3), 6-2, 6-1

(25) Serena Williams bt. Arantxa Rus 7-5, 6-3

Tatjana Maria bt. (5) Elina Svitolina 7-6 (3), 4-6, 6-1

(10) Madison Keys bt. Ajla Tomljanovic 6-4, 6-2

(7) Karolina Pliskova bt. Harriet Dart 7-6 (2), 2-6, 6-1

For a full look at Monday's scores and results, visit the tournament's official website.


Federer returned to Centre Court wearing a new kit courtesy of a sponsorship deal with Japanese manufacturer Uniqlo. ESPN UK showed how much it was worth:


Roger Federer is not wearing Nike apparel for the first time in 24 years. The 36-year-old has signed a lucrative deal with Uniqlo. (h/t @darrenrovell) #Wimbledon https://t.co/AUg6YOXLC5

The Swiss star proceeded to dismantle Lajovic and cement his status as the man to beat with an emphatic win in a little over an hour, per the ATP World Tour:

ATP World Tour @ATPWorldTour

Cruising along. Eight-time #Wimbledon 🏆 Federer d. Lajovic 61 63 64 in 79 minutes to advance. https://t.co/L19RnAUqLf

Federer will go on to play Slovakia's Lukas Lacko in the next round after he beat Benjamin Bonzi in four sets.

The biggest name to depart the men's draw on Monday was Dimitrov, whose poor Grand Slam run continues.

The Bulgarian was handed a tough opener as he faced three-time Grand Slam champion Wawrinka. Dimitrov cruised through the first set and took it 6-1, but his Swiss opponent fought back to level the match on a tiebreak.

Dimitrov ought to have won the third set after going 5-2, but again Wawrinka responded, taking it on another tiebreak to move 2-1 ahead. Wawrinka then won the fourth 6-4 to move into the second round and secure his biggest win since coming back from knee surgery.

Tennis writer Matt Zemek highlighted Dimitrov's poor form at major tournaments:

Matt Zemek @mzemek

RT@raviubha Dimitrov at Slams since making SF at 2017 Australian Open: 3R 4R 2R QF 3R 1R

The women's draw also saw some of the top players depart, with fourth seed Stephens the biggest casualty on opening day.

Stephens reached the final of the 2018 French Open in May, but the American found herself overpowered by Vekic, who won comfortably.

Tennis commentator David Law highlighted her inconsistent Grand Slam record:

David Law @DavidLawTennis

All very Sloane Stephens. Wimbledon - Out in R1 French Open - RU Aus Open - Out in R1 US Open - Champion #Wimbledon

Fifth seed Svitolina also suffered a shock, as she lost the first set on a tiebreak but managed to level the match by winning the second. However, she could not complete the comeback, as Maria took the third set and the victory.

Maria is one of four mothers who won on opening day, per WTA Insider:

WTA Insider @WTA_insider

UPSET. What a win for Tatjana Maria. The 30yo won her 1st title in Mallorca, now knocks out No.5 Elina Svitolina 76 46 61 to move into 2R. Make that FOUR winning moms on Day 1 @Wimbledon: Serena Williams Victoria Azarenka Tatjana Maria Evgeniya Rodina #Wimbledon

The most high-profile mother is Serena Williams, who ensured it was a successful return to Wimbledon after maternity leave, as she beat the Netherlands' Rus in straight sets on Court One.

The American made the perfect start as she converted her first break point to move into a 2-0 lead, but her opponent hit back, which made for a tight first set.

Williams appeared frustrated at times but managed to take an opportunity to break again at 6-5 and take the first set.

Rus gained an early break in the second, but again Williams responded by producing some powerful and precise tennis to win five straight games and clinch it 6-3.

Metro's George Bellshaw shared Williams' reaction to the win:

George Bellshaw @BellshawGeorge

Serena Williams: 'It felt good to be back on the grass after two years. I'm just taking it one at a time. I don't think I was at my best today but I'm practising much better. Hopefully I'll be able to get there.'

The former champion will face qualifier Viktoriya Tomova in the second round after she beat the Czech Republic's Tereza Smitkova.