Last years beaten Wimbledon finalist Kevin Anderson became the latest big-name casualty in an upset-littered first week at the All England Club, losing to Guido Pella in straight sets.
The South African, seeded fourth this time around, lost 4-6 3-6 6-7 (4-7) out on Centre Court, with Pella – ranked 22 places lower – taking out the previous years runner-up for the second time in a row, having also seen off Marin Cilic in 2018.
Pella progresses to the second week, where hell take on Milos Raonic, and Anderson admits he struggled to get to grips with the Argentines style.
He told reporters: It was tough. I havent played him before. Ive only hit with him once in Miami a few months ago. So its always a little tricky playing somebody for the first time.
He made life really difficult for me, I felt. He moves really, really well. I felt I had a pretty hard time keeping him on defence, finishing out the points. When I was able to do that, I had the most success. Overall I didnt feel like I played that bad of a match. I could have probably served a little bit better.
Obviously I didnt take my chances on breakpoints. Thats probably one of the key stats. Right from the first game, breakpoint percentage converted was really low today. Sometimes just winning a few of those can really change a match.
Even though it was straight sets, tennis is a game where a few points can really change the direction of a match. It was definitely a tough one. It was very difficult at times out there.