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Highlights: Wimbledon day one

Highlights: Wimbledon day one
Tennis - Wimbledon - All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Britain - July 1, 2019 Canada's Felix Auger Aliassime in action during his first round match against Canada's Vasek Pospisil REUTERS/Hannah McKay -
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LONDON (Reuters) – Highlights of the opening day at Wimbledon, the third Grand Slam tournament of the year, on Monday (all times GMT):


Canadian teenager Felix Auger-Aliassime celebrated his country’s national day with his first Grand Slam main draw victory, beating compatriot Vasek Pospisil 5-7 6-2 6-4 6-3.

The 18-year-old is the first man born in 2000 or later to win a singles match at a major.


Defending champion Novak Djokovic began his quest for a fifth Wimbledon crown with a 6-3 7-5 6-3 victory over Germany’s Philipp Kohlschreiber on Centre Court.

Djokovic’s Serbian compatriot Janko Tipsarevic won his first match at Wimbledon in seven years by beating Japan’s Yoshihito Nishioka 6-4 6-7(2) 6-2 5-7 6-2.


Simona Halep shook off an injury early in her opener and won five games in a row in the second set to overcome Aliaksandra Sasnovich 6-4 7-5 in the first match on Court One since the installation of a new roof.

“It (the injury) could be an issue but I hope not. I need treatment now. I slid a little bit and felt a little bit of pain behind the knee and the foot,” Halep said.

Meanwhile, Magdalena Rybarikova, a semi-finalist in 2017, beat 10th seed Aryna Sabalenka of Belarus 6-2 6-4.


Third seed Karolina Pliskova, who warmed up for Wimbledon by winning the third grasscourt title of her career at Eastbourne, fought off a late comeback attempt by China’s Zhu Lin to prevail 6-2 7-6(4).


Last year’s runner-up Kevin Anderson, making his 40th major appearance, eased past France’s Pierre-Hugues Herbert 6-3 6-4 6-2. Unseeded Spaniard Feliciano Lopez joined him in the next round with a 6-4 6-2 6-4 win over Marcos Giron.


Swiss Stan Wawrinka, who was beaten by Dan Evans in the second round of the Queen’s Club tournament prior to Wimbledon, wasted little time getting into top gear as he powered past qualifier Ruben Bemelmans 6-3 6-2 6-2.

Roberto Bautista Agut also advanced with a 6-3 6-2 6-3 win over Germany’s Peter Gojowczyk.

Home hope Heather Watson was the first Briton through to the second round with a 7-6(3) 6-2 win over American teenager Caty McNally.


Madison Keys, seeded 17th, made short work of Thailand’s Luksika Kumkhum winning 6-3 6-2 to reach the second round while Elina Svitolina handed Australia’s Daria Gavrilova a bagel en route to a 7-5 6-0 victory.


Play began in bright sunshine with the temperature hovering around the 20 degrees Celsius mark and a forecast high of 22C.

Defending men’s champion Novak Djokovic begins the defence of his title on Centre Court against German Philipp Kohlschreiber at 1200 GMT.

(Reporting by Shrivathsa Sridhar in Bengaluru; Editing by Ed Osmond and Alison Williams)

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