Former Wimbledon finalist Dvaid Nalbandian was beaten in the first round of the London Olympic men's singles competition on Saturday.
The Argentine, once ranked as high as no. 3 in the world, was knocked out by Serbian Janko Tipsarevic in straight sets.
Tipsarevic won 6-3, 6-4 hitting 16 aces and 23 winners in the match.
The Serb commented “I wasn’t happy when I saw the draw. It was a very tricky match even though it was 6-3, 6-4. I think, what decided it, not that I played better or worse, but I played better in the important moments on serve. I’m feeling extremely happy that I managed to win in straight sets.”
Tipsarevic will next play German Philipp Petzschner who scored a 7-6(5), 6-1 victory over Slovakian Lukas Lacko. The German came into the event only when Croatian Ivo Karlovic withdrew
Petzschner commented, “The first set he had four or five set points, but I was serving at 5-6. It was a pretty tough opening. I was a little bit nervous at the beginning. Wimbledon has the aura. When I come here it is something special. [Here] was my first Grand Slam, so it will always be a big part of my tennis life and will always be close to my heart.”