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Britain's Emma Raducanu celebrates beating Belgium's Alison van Uytvanck to win a women's first round singles match on day one of the Wimbledon tennis championships in London, Monday, June 27, 2022. Image Credit: AP

London: British hope Emma Raducanu and former champion Andy Murray gave the local fans reason to cheer on the opening day of Wimbledon after they won their first round matches on Centre Court on Monday.

Playing on the hallowed turf for the first time in the court’s centenary year, US Open champion Raducanu prevailed 6-4 6-4 over in-form Belgian Alison van Uytvanck, who had won two grasscourt events prior to Wimbledon.

Murray, on the other hand, overcame an opening set hiccup to maintain his 100% record in the first round at Wimbledon to beat Australian James Duckworth 4-6 6-3 6-2 6-4 under the floodlights in a match where the roof was closed for the final set.

Defending champion Novak Djokovic shrugged off some rust to beat South Korea’s Kwon Soon-woo 6-3 3-6 6-3 6-4 on Centre Court for his 80th match win at Wimbledon while women’s third seed Ons Jabeur powered past Mirjam Bjorklund 6-1 6-3.

The biggest upset of day one came courtesy of Spain’s Alejandro Davidovich Fokina who beat seventh seed and last year’s semi-finalist Hubert Hurkacz 7-6(4) 6-4 5-7 2-6 7-6(8).

Hurkacz had underlined his Wimbledon credentials when he beat world number one Daniil Medvedev in the final at Halle but despite fighting back from two sets down, it was Davidovich Fokina who prevailed in a roller-coaster match.

Carlos Alcaraz, the youngest man in the draw, had a tough opening match against Germany’s Jan-Lennard Struff but the 19-year-old Spaniard produced some stunning shots that made the highlight reel in a 4-6 7-5 4-6 7-6(3) 6-4 victory.