Last year's runner-up Milos Raonic, as well as Dominic Thiem, Alexander Zverev, Tomas Berdych and Grigor Dimitrov were among the seeds to win on Tuesday, but Richard Gasquet was beaten by David Ferrer. Like Djokovic just before him on Centre Court, Federer played well under an hour before his opponent retired.
Since Klizan and Dolgopolov appeared to have carried injuries into their matches, which meant they must have known they might not last the distance on Tuesday, many observers accused them of being selfish as they short-changed fans and denied fully-fit players a place in the draw. The current world number 4 Djokovic will face 22-year-old Adam Pavlasek of the Czech Republic. He played a textbook first set against Slovakian Martin Klizan, stoking hope that he's returning to form after a year of disappointment.
"For me, it's equally important, even more important, to take care of myself as a human being". Did the treatment, as well, with the trainer. "I don't think these courts are necessarily playing much quicker (than hard courts), but they play lower". [I] was just trying to hang in there.
They lined up in the shade under the Number One Court and assembled inside the Centre Court, checking entrances and exits, and ensuring they knew what would be required in the event of an emergency or evacuation. "If he give me a little chance to break the serve, I will try to take it".
"It would be nice if every surface has its own characteristics, and Wimbledon and grass courts should be faster", said German crowd favourite Dustin Brown after his first-round victory over Joao Sousa.
"I felt like I needed a proper tournament rather than just playing couple of exhibition matches", he said.
The senior statesman thundered 17 aces whereas the junior hammered 16. I have been around and feels like I'm super old, but I'm not.
"The moment I leave this room, I will get in the vehicle to go home and I'm in a different place".
Novak Djokovic admits he may not be as single-minded in his pursuit of success anymore because he would rather focus on being happy in his personal life. Rafa (Nadal) I'm sure is feeling great after his performances on clay, and Andy and Novak are no different. But I feel holding a trophy or doing well doesn't satisfy me anymore. It also sees the "Big 4" receiving the top 4 seedings, which could make for a superb semi-finals Friday if the seedings hold true. To me, everything is the same.
He added of the players who retired: "This tournament has a special place in players' careers".
It's the cradleof tennis history, but you never like to end a match thisway."With defending champion Serena Williams sidelined whileshe prepares to give birth to her first child, the race to winthe women's title is the most wide open in a generation.World number one Angelique Kerber, the 2016 Australianand US Open victor, is among the favourites after reaching last year's final, which she lost to Serena".
Canadian sixth seed Milos Raonic, the beaten finalist previous year, plays Germany's Jan-Lennard Struff in the opening match on Court One at 13:00.