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Men's round-up: Auger-Aliassime clinches landmark Wimbledon win

Men's round-up: Auger-Aliassime clinches landmark Wimbledon win
By Eurosport

01/07/2019 at 13:35Updated 01/07/2019 at 22:52

Canadian teenager Felix Auger-Aliassime celebrated his country's national day with his first Grand Slam main draw victory, beating compatriot Vasek Pospisil 5-7 6-2 6-4 6-3.

The 18-year-old is the first man born in 2000 or later to win a singles match at a major.

Stefanos Tsitsipas was beaten in straight sets by Auger-Aliassime at Queen's last month, but the 19th seed broke the big-serving Pospisil five times - as his compatriot struggled in his first tour-level match since October 2018.

Auger-Aliassime began the year No 108 in the world, but his latest triumph moves him a step closer to breaking into the top 20, adding to his two clay-court final appearances in Sao Paulo and Lyon.

The teenager will face Corentin Moutet in the second round after the Frenchman overcame 2014 semi-finalist Grigor Dimitrov in five sets 2-6 3-6 7-6(4) 6-3 6-1.

Swiss Stan Wawrinka, who was beaten by Dan Evans in the second round of the Queen's Club tournament prior to Wimbledon, wasted little time getting into top gear as he powered past qualifier Ruben Bemelmans 6-3 6-2 6-2.

Stan Wawrinka celebrates beating Belgium's Ruben Bemelmans

Stan Wawrinka celebrates beating Belgium's Ruben BemelmansEurosport

Outside of eight-time champion Roger Federer, twice winner Rafael Nadal and defending champion Novak Djokovic, Wawrinka is the only other multiple Grand Slam champion in the draw.

With the weapons at his disposal, a beefy serve and a sublime backhand and a big match mentality, Wawrinka should at least part of the conversation when it comes to discussing contenders to make a deep run this fortnight.

The 34-year-old needs a Wimbledon title to complete his career Grand Slam and while, for whatever reason, he has never thrived on the All England Club lawns, he looked razor sharp as he began his 15th successive appearance.

On a sunny Court Two against Belgian qualifier Bemelmans he belted 26 winners in a 6-3 6-2 6-2 victory that took less than an hour and a half.

Admittedly left-hander Bemelmans, ranked 171, was having a decidedly ordinary day with his forehand misfiring completely but it was a powerful statement by Wawrinka nonetheless.

A year ago Wawrinka arrived at Wimbledon ranked outside the top 200 having had knee surgery after the 2017 Championships.

On that occasion he beat Grigor Dimitrov in the opening round but then lost to qualifier Tomas Fabbiano.

Roberto Bautista Agut also advanced with a 6-3 6-2 6-3 win over Germany's Peter Gojowczyk.

2018 runner-up Kevin Anderson buried memories of an injury-hit year by easing into the second round with a 6-3 6-4 6-2 win over Pierre-Hugues Herbert.

The South African, who had played only three tour-level events this year before arriving at Wimbledon due to an elbow injury, moved around a sun-kissed Court Three with ease to dispatch doubles specialist Herbert.

The straight-sets win would have come as a huge relief to fourth seed Anderson considering Herbert appeared to be in fine form on grass having reached his first tour level semi-final on the surface at the Halle warm-up tournament.

Kevin Anderson (R) shakes hands after beating France's Pierre-Hugues Herbert (L) during their men's singles first round match.

Kevin Anderson (R) shakes hands after beating France's Pierre-Hugues Herbert (L) during their men's singles first round match.Eurosport

Herbert can now look forward to getting more vocal support from the local fans as he will be back on court alongside Andy Murray this week, with the duo bidding to win the men's doubles title as the Briton continues his recovery from hip surgery.

For Anderson, he would have been delighted to get off court with a win that took a mere one hour 46 minutes considering the last time he held aloft his arms in victory at the All England Club -- it was after surviving a six-hour 36 minute epic against John Isner in last year's semi-final.

Next up for the South African is either Serbia's Janko Tipsarevic or Japan's Yoshihito Nishioka.

FIRST ROUND RESULTS

  • Novak Djokovic (Ser) (1) bt Philipp Kohlschreiber (Ger) 6-3 7-5 6-3
  • Denis Kudla (USA) bt Malek Jaziri (Tun) 6-4 6-1 6-3
  • Leonardo Mayer (Arg) bt Ernests Gulbis (Lat) 6-1 7-6(12) 6-2
  • Hubert Hurkacz (Pol) bt Dusan Lajovic (Ser) (32) 6-3 4-6 6-4 6-4
  • Felix Auger-Aliassime (Can) (19) bt Vasek Pospisil (Can) 5-7 6-2 6-4 6-3
  • Daniil Medvedev (Rus) (11) bt Paolo Lorenzi (Ita) 6-3 7-6(2) 7-6(2)
  • Alexei Popyrin (Aus) bt Pablo Carreno-Busta (Spa) 7-6(2) 7-5 6-2
  • Fernando Verdasco (Spa) bt Kamil Majchrzak (Pol) 6-4 6-4 6-4
  • Ivo Karlovic (Cro) bt Andrea Arnaboldi (Ita) 6-4 6-4 7-6(4)
  • Thomas Fabbiano (Ita) bt Stefanos Tsitsipas (Gre) (7) 6-4 3-6 6-4 6-7(8) 6-3
  • Kevin Anderson (Rsa) (4) bt Pierre-Hugues Herbert (Fra) 6-3 6-4 6-2
  • Janko Tipsarevic (Ser) bt Yoshihito Nishioka (Jpn) 6-4 6-7(2) 6-2 5-7 6-2
  • Andreas Seppi (Ita) bt Nicolas Jarry (Chi) 6-3 6-7(8) 6-1 6-2
  • Guido Pella (Arg) (26) bt Marius Copil (Rom) 7-6(11) 5-7 6-3 6-4
  • Stan Wawrinka (Swi) (22) bt Ruben Bemelmans (Bel) 6-3 6-2 6-2
  • Reilly Opelka (USA) bt Cedrik-Marcel Stebe (Ger) 6-3 7-6(4) 6-1
  • Robin Haase (Ned) bt Jozef Kovalik (Svk) 6-1 6-3 6-1
  • Milos Raonic (Can) (15) bt Prajnesh Gunneswaran (Ind) 7-6(1) 6-4 6-2
  • Karen Khachanov (Rus) (10) bt Soon Woo Kwon (Kor) 7-6(6) 6-4 4-6 7-5
  • Feliciano Lopez (Spa) bt Marcos Giron (USA) 6-4 6-2 6-4
  • Steve Darcis (Bel) bt Mischa Zverev (Ger) 6-2 6-4 6-4
  • Roberto Bautista Agut (Spa) (23) bt Peter Gojowczyk (Ger) 6-3 6-2 6-3
  • Pablo Cuevas (Uru) bt Damir Dzumhur (Bih) 4-6 7-6(8) 2-6 6-4 6-4
  • Jiri Vesely (Cze) bt Alexander Zverev (Ger) (6) 4-6 6-3 6-2 7-5
  • Kyle Edmund (Gbr) (30) bt Jaume Munar (Spa) 6-4 6-4 6-4
  • Marcel Granollers (Spa) bt Lorenzo Sonego (Ita) 7-6(4) 6-4 6-4
  • Corentin Moutet (Fra) bt Grigor Dimitrov (Bul) 2-6 3-6 7-6(4) 6-3 6-1
  • Jeremy Chardy (Fra) bt Martin Klizan (Svk) 3-6 6-0 6-3 6-4
  • Ugo Humbert (Fra) bt Gael Monfils (Fra) 6-7 (6-8) 3-6 6-4 7-5 3-0 retired
  • Benoit Paire (Fra) (28) bt Juan Ignacio Londero (Arg) 4-6 6-4 6-4 7-6(4)
  • Ivo Karlovic (Cro) bt Andrea Arnaboldi (Ita) 6-4 6-4 7-6(4)
  • Miomir Kecmanovic (Ser) bt Roberto Carballes Baena (Spa) 2-6 6-3 6-3 6-1
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