World number one Novak Djokovic continued his quest for a calendar grand slam on the opening day at Wimbledon, as the defending champion cruised into the second round.
Brition James Ward put up a brave fight in the second set but the Serbian proved too good for Ward winning the opening nine games in a comfortable 6-0 7-6 6-4 victory.
17-time grand slam winner Roger Federer was given a tough fight by Argentine Guido Pella as the experience of the Swiss man helped him secure a 7-6 (7/5) 7-6 (7/3) 6-3 to keep hopes of a first grand slam title in four years alive.
It was also an easy day at the office for ninth seed Marin Cilic who recorded a 6-3 7-5 6-3 straight sets win over American Brian Baker, while Japan’s Kei Nishikori also cruised into the next round with a 6-4 -3 7-5 win over Aussie Sam Groth.
Belgian David Goffin also encountered no problems in his first round match with an easy 6-2 6-3 6-2 win over Great Britain’s Alexander Ward, while 13th seed David Ferrer also enjoyed a comfortable 6-2 6-1 6-1 victory over Israel’s Dudi Sela.
Canadian Milos Raonic had to overcome a first set fight against Spain’s Pablo Carreno Busta to reach the next round with a 7-6 (7/4) 6-2 6-4 victory, while Frenchman Gilles Simon came from a set down to beat Serbian Janko Tipsarevic 4-6 6-4 7-5 6-3.
South Africa’s Kevin Anderson suffered a first round exit as Denis Istomin of Uzbekistan came from two sets down to shock the 20th seed 4-6 6-7 (13/15) 6-4 7-6 (7/2) 6-3.
American Sam Querrey came from two sets down to beat Czech Lukas Rosol as the 28th seed overcame an epic decider to bag a hard-fought 6-7 (6/8) 6-7 (5/7) 6-4 6-3 12-10 win in three hours and 21 minutes.
In women’s action, French Open champion Garbine Muguruza was made to work for her place in the second round as the Spaniard earned a hard-fought 6-2 5-7 6-4 win over Italy’s Camila Giorgi.
Five-time Wimbeldon champion Venus Williams overcame an early scare to book her spot in the next round as the 36-year-old saved two set points in the opening set with a 7-6 (7-3) 6-4 victory over Croatia’s Donna Vekic.
Australian Open champion Angelique Kerber did not suffer a repeat of her French Open performance as the German cruised through with a 6-2 6-2 win over Briton Laura Robson.
Fifth seed Simona Halep comfortably booked her place in the second round with a 6-4 6-1 victory over Slovakia’s Anna Karloina Schmiedlova and Spain’s Carla Suarez Navarro overcame the tough challenge of China’s Shuai Zhang 6-3 4-6 6-4.
Sabine Lisicki proved too good for American Shelby Rodgers as the German cruised into the second round with a 6-1 6-3 win, but there was better luck for Rodgers’ compatriot Madison Keys who beat Laura Siegemund 6-3 6-1.
Aussie Sam Stousr encountered no major problems in her 7-5 6-3 win over Poland’s Magda Linette, while Russian qualifier Ekaterina Alexandrova stunned 23rd seed Ana Ivanovic 6-2 7-5 to inflict an early exit on the 2008 French Open champion.