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Recap: Day 1 At Wimbledon

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Recap: Day 1 At Wimbledon

It was quite a day at the All England Club yesterday as Wimbledon kicked off with a little something for everyone. Of course the story of Belgian Steve Darcis knocking out (5) Rafael Nadal was huge, but adding to that was the success of Roger Federer, who was nearly flawless in his match against Victor Hanescu to start the climb toward defending his title. If you missed it, let's get you caught up on what went on. 

Let's start out with defending Wimbledon champion Roger Federer, who started his tournament with a quick win on Centre Court on Monday. Far from struggling, Federer knocked out unseeded opponent Victor Hanescu in three straight sets (6-3, 6-2, 6-0). He won an extremely high 90 percent of his first-serve points with only six unforced errors. Here's an interview with Federer after the match, showing how much he loves the All England Club and though it was a short match, the 31-year old seven time winner seems excited to be back doing what he does best. 

Andy Murray started off this year's Wimbledon with a straight-set victory. He apparently also set a record yesterday by having the most Slam wins (107) out of any British player yet. Murray's 38 wins to only 16 unforced errors got him the Day 1 victory, cutting out German opponent Benjamin Becker, advancing him to the second round. He also won 80 percent of his first-serve points, seemingly improving with each set win (6-4, 6-3, 6-2, respectively). Murray will be up against Yen-Hsun Lu on Wednesday. Britain hasn't had a Wimbledon champ since Fred Perry in 1936.

Injuries are always on the back of competitors mind's at a championship such as this, and two-time Wimbledon semifinalist Victoria Azarenka overcame her's yesterday early in the second set of her victory over Maria Joao Koehler. Screaming in pain after she awkwardly slipped on the grass, Azarenka was helped to her feet moments later before having her knee taped up by the trainer. She would go on to win the second set, quite easily, with an overall 6-1, 6-2 win. She won 57 percent of her recieving points, but ironically double faulted nine times in the match. It is unsure how her knee is doing at this time. Her round 2 match pits her against unseeded Italian Flavia Pennetta. You can watch her painful looking fall here: 

Nadal has never lost in the first round of a Grand Slam event. The two time Wimbledon champion was 34-0 heading into Monday's match. Darcis, on the other hand, is unseeded and ranked 135th in men's singles. Oh, and he also won in straight sets 7-6, 7-6, 6-4 defeating No. 5 ranked Nadal. Did I mention Nadal had just won his record eighth French Open title? Even more surprising, Darcis laid down the match point with an ace. This will go down as one of the biggest upsets in Wimbledon history. At 29, Darcis, ranked No. 135, is the lowest-ranked player to defeat Nadal at a Grand Slam event. Nadal, 27, has been dealing with a knee injury and was out of the tour for seven months last year. It was more and more obvious through the third set that his knee was giving him problems. When asked after the match if he thought the injury was still apparent, he said “It's not the day to talk about these kinds of things. I am confident that I will have a good recovery and be ready for the next tournaments."

2004 Wimbledon champion Maria Sharapova pulled her way out of a hard-fought tiebreak in the first set against Kristina Mladenovic. Sharapova has never lost in the first round at Wimbledon. Her second set was far from tough, throwing down 14 wins with two aces to finish Mladenovic and earn her spot in the second round. She will have a day of rest before going up against Michelle Larcher de Brito. 

Be sure to tune into the second round. The full schedule is on Wimbledon's website

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