Milos Raonic had by no means misplaced within the first spherical at Wimbledon when he walked onto No. 1 Courtroom on Monday, and he had fallen in a Grand Slam match towards an opponent as low within the ATP Rankings as World No. 175 Liam Broady simply as soon as at a serious — towards No. 181 Lleyton Hewitt on the 2012 Australian Open.
So it was no shock that the 2016 finalist defeated house favorite Broady 7-5, 6-Zero, 6-1 in 91 minutes to advance.
The Canadian now holds a 21-7 file on the grass-court Grand Slam, the place he’s making an attempt to achieve at the least the quarter-finals for the third consecutive yr. Raonic arrived in good type on the floor, having reached the MercedesCup ultimate (l. to Federer).
The Canadian withdrew from the Fever-Tree Championships earlier than his second-round match, citing a strained proper pectoral muscle. However the 27-year-old confirmed no sick results towards Broady. He hit 17 aces and misplaced simply 4 first-service factors (32/36) to maneuver on to face Aussie John Millman or Italian Stefano Travaglia.
Whereas Raonic confronted little problem, one other seed was not as fortunate on Day One. Daniil Medvedev made a shocking debut at Wimbledon a yr in the past, upsetting fifth seed Stan Wawrinka to earn his first Grand Slam match win.
And on Monday, Medvedev pulled off one other shock, defeating Gerry Weber Open champion and No. 16 seed Borna Coric 7-6(6), 6-2, 6-2 to set a second-round match towards Spanish veteran Guillermo Garcia-Lopez.
The 22-year-old, who acquired off to an excellent begin to 2018 together with his maiden ATP World Tour title on the Sydney Worldwide, arrived at Wimbledon having received simply three of his previous 11 matches. However Medvedev evened his FedEx ATP Head2Head sequence towards his fellow 2017 Subsequent Gen ATP Finals qualifier at 1-1.