LONDON – Roger Federer struggled slightly on Tuesday in his Wimbledon opener, while Sam Querrey stunned Dominic Thiem and Nick Kyrgios survived for a possible clash against Rafael Nadal.
The 22-year-old South African Lloyd Harris, who took part in Wimbledon’s main draw for the first time in his career, surprised second-seeded Federer at the beginning of their first-round match, winning the first set.
The Swiss star managed to regain control in the following three sets, clinching a 3-6, 6-1, 6-2, 6-2 win after an hour and 51 minutes of play.
Federer will take on the winner between Briton Jay Clarke and Noah Rubin, of the United States, in the second round.
Querrey edged a hard-fought 6-7 (4-7), 7-6 (7-1), 6-3, 6-0 win over Thiem, after almost two hours and 30 minutes.
The first two sets were thrillers with Thiem, Roland Garros runner-up in the last two tournaments, fighting for the match.
Querrey managed to stamp his authority over the play to win a place in the second round of the third Grand Slam of the season.
Thiem, who is coached by Chilean Nicolas Massu, was one of 21 players who did not play a single match on grass as preparation ahead of Wimbledon.
The Austrian fired a total of 15 aces in the encounter, compared to Querrey’s 22, as the American notched his second victory over Thiem, improving his record to 3-2.
This was the first head-to-head clash between both players on grass, with Thiem winning twice on hard surface, the latest was in the round of 16 at the 2018 Vienna Open, as well as once on clay at the 2017 Italian Open.
Querrey’s previous win over the Austrian was in the quarterfinals at the 2017 hard-court Mexican Open, where Thiem had eliminated the US player out of the semis one year earlier.
Querrey’s best achievement at Wimbledon was reaching the semis at the 2017 edition, having made the quarters in 2016.
The US player has just lost the Eastbourne’s final to his compatriot, Taylor Fritz.
Next up in the second round, Querrey will play the winner between Chile’s Cristian Garin and Russian Andrey Rublev.
Earlier in the day, Kyrgios struggled against his countryman Jordan Thompson before snatching a five-set win 7-6 (7-4), 3-6, 7-6 (12-10), 0-6, 6-1, after around three and a half hours of competition.
The Australian is waiting for a possible tough clash against Nadal, who takes on Japan’s Yuichi Sugita later in the day.
Kyrgios and Nadal are even at 3-3 head-to-head record overall in their careers as pros but at Wimbledon the two have a special history as the Australian was the first player to upset the famed Spaniard, knocking the king of clay out of the All England Club grass court tournament in the round of 16 at the 2014 edition.
Nadal, who has just won his record-extending Roland Garros 12th title, will need first to get past Sugita before thinking of Kyrgios.