Rain may have ended play early on day two at Wimbledon but there was enough time for second seed Andy Murray to ease past fellow Briton Liam Broady to reach the second round.
22-year-old wildcard Broady proved no match for the Scot as Murray kept up hopes of a second Wimbledon title with a comfortable 6-2 6-3 6-4 straight sets win.
It was not as easy for world number four Stan Wawrinka who needed four sets to overcome the highly rated American Taylor Fritz with a hard-fought 7-6 (7/4) 6-1 6-7 (2/7) 6-4 victory for the Swiss man.
Two time Wimbledon semi-finalist Jo-Wilfried Tsonga is also safely into the next round as the Frenchman secured a hard-fought 6-4 7-6 (7/5) 6-4 straight sets win over Spain’s Inigo Cervantes 6-4 7-6 (7/5) 6-4.
Another Frenchman Richard Gasquet made short work of Great Britain’s Aljaz Bedene with a 6-3 6-4 6-3 straight sets victory for the seventh seed, while Serbian Viktor Troicki is also safely through with a 6-4 6-2 6-2 win over Frenchman Tristan Lamasine.
15th seed Nick Kyrgios had to dig deep to see off Czech Radek Stepanek 6-4 6-3 6-7 (9/11) 6-1, while Joao Sousa of Portugal twice came from behind to dump out Russian Dmitry Tursunov to win 3-6 7-6 (7/2) 4-6 6-3 7-5.
In his first Wimbeldon appearance in three years, Argentine Juan Martin del Potro was a comfortable 6-1 7-5 6-0 winner over Frenchman Stephane Robert, while 22nd seed Feliciano Lopez also easily saw off American Rajeev Ram 7-6 (7/5) 6-4 6-4.
German Dustin Brown – who stunned Rafael Nadal at SW19 last year – joined the field in the second round but the dreadlocked German has to come from a set down to bag a 4-6 6-3 3-6 6-3 6-4 victory over Dusan Lajovic of Serbia.
In women’s action, defending champion Serena Williams cruised into the second round with the hope of winning her first grand slam of 2016 with a 6-2 6-4 win over Swiss debutant Amra Sadikovic at Wimbledon to book a second-round clash with compatriot Christina McHale.
However, former world number one Caroline Wozniacki’s tournament came to an early exit as 14th seed Svetlana Kuznetsova condemned the Dane to a 7-5 6-4 defeat.
Sixth seed Roberta Vinci was made to work for her place in the next round with a 6-2 5-7 6-3 win over American Alison Riske but there was better news for Riske’s compatriot Coco Vandeweghe who saw off Ukranian Kateryna Bondarenko 6-2 7-6 (7/3).
Slovakia’s Dominika Cibulkova proved too good for Mirjana Lucic-Baroni with a 7-5 6-3 win over the Croatian and will be joined in the next round by Kazakh Yulia Putintseva who saw off Marin Melnikova of Russia 7-5 6-2.