Wimbledon day 1 recap: Murray excites, Djokovic impresses, rain is history

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Wimbledon day 1 recap: Murray excites, Djokovic impresses, rain is history

Andy Murray thrilled the crowd on day 1 of Wimbledon 2021. Four years after his defeat to Sam Querrey, Andy Murray is back at Wimbledon's Center Court. The two-time champion of the Championships plays a practically perfect match up to 6-3 6-4 5-0 against Nikoloz Basilasvili, in the first round of the tournament.

The legendary tournament on lawns of the All England Club raised the curtain for the 134th edition. But the curtain was raised late due to the rain, the real great constant, the story that repeats itself every year from 1877 to today.

And without rain, for better or for worse, it wouldn't be Wimbledon. What impressed us is obviously Novak Djokovic. The rain cripples the restart of Wimbledon 2021, but does not compromise the first victory of the Serb. The defending champion, who traditionally inaugurates the program on Center Court, after a decidedly complicated first set with Jack Dripper, finalist in the junior draw in 2018, solves the challenge in four sets with the final score of 4-6 6-1 6 - 2 6-2 and passes the first round cut for the sixteenth time in his career.

Wins for Iga Swiatek, Sloane Stephens, Garbine Muguruza, Aryna Sabalenka and Sofia Kenin, already out two times champion Petra Kvitova.

The best and the worst from the London Slam

Johanna Konta is out of Wimbledon, excluded from the tournament due to the positivity to Covid-19 of a member of her team.

According to protocol, Konta will have to remain isolated for ten days. She will therefore not be able to take the field in the first round against Katerina Siniakova, a match in which she will take part from lucky loser Yafan Wang.

Let's talk about the grass in the lawns of the London courts of Chrich Road. For years now, we have seen an increasingly rapid decline in weed. Yesterday, after day one, the grass near the Center Court baseline began to spoil, despite the few matches: what does all this depend on? A climate crisis that is inexorably advancing, a different care of the lawns, or a composition of the grass that is ever closer to being slow like clay courts? Today Serena Williams and Roger Federer will be on the court.