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Murray closes out the big day on Center Court

The atmosphere that was breathed in the Central Court during the first day of competition was festive. From a local party, more specifically. After Novak Djokovic’s hard-fought victory, the stadium that celebrates 100 years of history hosted the matches of the two most emblematic players in Great Britain. After Raducanu’s triumph, the turn was for Andy Murray, that he returned to a soil in which he has won Wimbledon twice and an Olympic gold. The Scotsman premiered in this edition with victory against the Australian James Duckworth 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 and 6-4 in almost three hours of game.

Despite not reaching the second week of the tournament since 2017, the London public does not forget all the joys that Murray, now number 52 in the world, has given them and they always turn to him. Proof of this was today, when, after giving up the first set, the stands embraced the Scotsman, who has shown great tennis ever since. Murray forgot about clay (except for his invitation in Madrid) to focus on the grass tour, where you hope to achieve good results. Today the Scottish has managed to survive the 47 winners of the Australian, number 74 in the world, and thanks to just 18 unforced errors he has carried the match forward in the hottest moments. “I don’t know how many more times I’m going to play on this court, so I want to make the most of it,” said an elated Murray at the end of his match.

Murray’s second-round opponent will be the slugger John Isner, who at times today has experienced déjà vu. If last year he was eliminated in the first round in five sets against the Japanese Nishioka, today he has been close to experiencing the same against the Frenchman Couacaud, number 205 in the world that came from the previous phase. Isner has been behind twice, and He had to force the fifth set to end up winning 7-7(6), 7-6(3), 4-6, 6-3 and 7-5 in more than three hours. The first break of the match came in the fifth game of the third set, and since then there have only been two more breaks. Isner had 54 aces throughout the match.

Sinner beats Wawrinka and Van Rijthoven make a name for themselves

One of the most attractive matches of this first day was the one that faced Sinner y a Wawrinka. The Swiss, who was invited by the organization after overcoming an ordeal of injuries, he has been fired at the first change of the Grand Slam that has been historically worse (He is the only one left to win and has never passed the quarterfinals). The Italian, seeded tenth, has won 7-5, 4-6, 6-3 and 6-2 in just under three hours thanks to his 42 winning shots, and awaits the winner of the Altmaier-Ymer.

During these days, one of the names that raises the most expectation is that of Tim VanRithoven. The Dutchman, now number 104 in the world, had not won any match in the final table of the ATP until a few weeks ago until he was proclaimed champion in Bolduque, beating Medvedev in the final. Today, he has clearly defeated the Argentine Delbonis (7-6(7), 6-1 and 6-2), thus scoring the first victory in a Grand Slam of his career. The 25-year-old tennis player awaits the winner of the Opelka-Taberner, interrupted due to lack of light, and could meet Djokovic in the fourth round. Also, the Hungarian Fucsovics was fired in the first round, quarterfinalist last year, failing to beat the Kazakh Bublik (6-1, 6-2, 6-4).

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