Andy Murray joined James Ward, Elena Baltacha, Anne Keothavong and Heather Watson in the second round of Wimbledon on what turned out to be a good day for the British players.
Murray, who is bidding to become the first British man to win Wimbledon for 76 years, made a ruthless start to his seventh title bid by crushing Russian Nikolay Davydenko 6-1 6-1 6-4. The British fourth seed, semi-finalist for the past three years, needed just one hour 35 minutes to see off the former world number three. Murray will now face either Ivo Karlovic or Dudi Sela in the next round.
Meanwhile, James Ward, who is the son of a London taxi driver, came through a five-set epic against Spaniard Pablo Andujar to secure his own spot in the second round. Ward, playing out on Court 14, picked up his first ever victory in the main draw 3-6 6-0 3-6 6-4 6-4 in well over three hours.
Elena Baltacha caught her opponent Karin Knapp napping as she sealed a 4-6 6-4 6-0 victory in a match littered with medical time-outs. The 28-year-old Briton, ranked 101 in the world, proved to be the strogest player in the third set to set up a second-round meeting with defending champion Petra Kvitova.
Anne Keothavong defeated Spain's Laura Pous-Tio 6-3 6-3 in the late evening to advance to the second round. Keothavong, who is ranked 25 places higher than her opponent, broke her twice in the decider and despite a late break from Pous-Tio, the Londoner served out to make the last 64, where she is likely to meet Italy's Sara Errani.
However, there was bad news for gutsy Laura Robson as she failed to cope with Francesca Schiavone's tactics as the teenage Briton crashed out in three sets 2-6 6-4 6-4. Robson, 97th in the world, is ranked 71 places below Schiavone, but the 18-year-old Londoner made the 2010 French Open champion look ordinary in the first set before her more experienced opponent took control and eventually came out on top.
Johanna Konta could not cause an upset on her debut at The All England Club as she lost to 30th seed Christina McHale in a marathon encounter 6-7 (4) 6-2 10-8. The world No. 217 was born in Australia to Hungarian parents and only gained citizenship in May. Play was suspended at 7-7 in the decider at 9pm last night and after coming back onto Court 17 this afternoon, the Wild Card eventually ran out of luck.
Comeback of the day
Mardy Fish made a winning return to tennis in the opening round - his first match following a procedure to address a frightening heart scare. The world number 12 beat Spain's Ruben Ramirez-Hidalgo 7-6 (3), 7-5 7-6 (1) and looked comfortable moving around the court. It was his first tournament appearance since April, when, as top seed, he fell at the first hurdle in Houston. He had a procedure called cardiac catheter ablation in Los Angeles on May 23 to correct faulty wiring in his heart. Fish said the arrhythmia had made it hard for him to sleep and his heart felt like it was going to burst out of his chest. Fish is the top American left in the draw after world number 10 John Isner was knocked out. Ramirez-Hidalgo, at 34, was the oldest man in the field but Fish played his usual brand of attacking, serve-and-volley tennis. His serves topped 130 mph and he wound up with 61 winners, 43 more than Ramirez-Hidalgo.
Row of the day
Serena Williams was upset after being allocated Court No. 2 for her opening clash with Czech player Barbora Zahlavova Strycova despite coming through 6-2 6-4. It was a second year in a row that she had been placed on the court situated at the southernmost tip of the All England Club grounds for her opening match, and 12 months ago Serena made it quite clear she was unhappy they had been snubbed for the two main show courts. Today the 30-year-old was unwilling to return to that row, saying: "I'm over it. So I don't care to talk about it. I'm not here to talk about Court Two, really. I just can't talk about that right now. I'm not in the mood."
Story of the Day
The All England club is going green, trialling a new electric lawnmower at this year's Wimbledon championships. If the experiment proves successful, next year's grand slam could see all courts mowed using electric mowers rather than the usual petrol-driven machines. Head groundsman Neil Stubley said the mower, loaned by manufacturer Toro, is part of the club's efforts to adopt a greener approach. "It's gone really well, the one that we're trialling is the same version of the petrol one that we are using anyway," he said.
Celebrity fans of the day
Author J. K. Rowling was in the Centre Court crowd with her husband Neil Murray and former triple jumper Jonathan Edwards to watch the day's action. They weren't too deterred by the rain which stopped play for a little while in the afternoon. Wimbledon wouldn't be Wimbledon without rain would it! Other celebrities around SW19 today included comedian Hamish Blake and former chat show host and radio legend Terry Wogan.
Shock of the day
Finland's Jarkko Nieminen edged out 14th-seed Feliciano Lopez 7-6 (4) 3-6 7-6 (7-5) 6-4 to make it through to the second round. The 30-year-old, who is on the ATP Player Council, made the quarter-finals of this tournament in 2006 and the big serving Finn has made a good start at SW19 this year.