World number 49, Russia’s Daniil Medvedev who made his Wimbledon on Monday knocked out Swiss fifth seed, French open runner-up and three-grand slam champion Stan Wawrinka in the first round by defeating him 6-4, 3-6, 6-4, 6-1. It was a first win at the Grand Slam level Medvedev. Now 21-year old Medvedev will face Belgian qualifier in the Round of 64 for the place in the last 32. Medvedev said that “A year ago I was ranked 250. If someone told me in one year I would win on Centre Court I would tell you you are joking,”
Medvedev also climbed to fourth place in the Emirates ATP Race To Milan, which will determine seven of the eight players who compete at the inaugural Next Gen ATP Finals, to be held 7-11 November in Milan. The eighth player will be determined by wild card.
Wawrinka seemed to be struggling due to left knee injury before facing his sixth first round loss in the Wimbledon. Wawrinka also lost in the first round at Queen’s Club last month. He has never qualified for the semi-finals in the Wimbledon which makes this tournament a least successful grand slam for him. Apart from Wimbledon he has won three Grand Slam singles titles at the 2014 Australian Open, the 2015 French Open, and the 2016 US Open. Wawrinka’s dream of completing the collection of grand slam titles broke for another year.
After the defeat he said that “I wasn’t feeling the way I wanted to feel, but I played against a great player who I think was confident today, was playing well, was playing faster. It was a tough loss.”