Rafael Nadal, the fourth seed smashed Australia’s John Millman 6-1 6-3 6-2, while ninth-seeded Japanese star Kei Nishikori advanced over Italy’s Marco Cecchinato 6-2 6-2 6-0.
Three-time Grand Slam champion Wawrinka struggled to overcome a knee injury and was shocked 6-4 3-6 6-4 6-1 by Daniil Medvedev.
Nadal, a two-time Wimbledon champion and one of the favourites to win the tournament this year, is one of the most obvious players to benefit from the decline in court speed at The Championships. He did his thing and the fact of being up two sets 6-1, 6-4 made a world of difference to a bumbling, banged up guy who is now playing good.
Nadal has endured his own physical problems on grass, having missed Wimbledon a year ago due to a wrist problem, and he has struggled with the effects of the faster surface on his knees. “I was doing everything I could to help it, but just not enough time”, said Kyrgios, who ruled out surgery for the time being. But in terms of the match, I expect him to be very aggressive.
He was no match for a rampant Nadal and the 15-time Grand Slam champion blitzed his way to victory with a barrage of his trademark top-spin forehands.
“I was a bit nervous”, Murray had admitted because in many ways he was the crowd favorite but also brought many deficits.
The win sets Murray up for a showdown with Brown and the serve-volleyer is an altogether different prospect for the world No.1 and he knows it.
In the end, Nadal took the match 6-1 6-3 6-2.
Cameron Norrie’s first match at Wimbledon ended in defeat as the British wild card was outclassed by 12th seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.
Wimbledon has been Wawrinka’s toughest Slam. “For all the players it’s so special to play here, especially for me with all the history I have here”. The two will play on Centre Court today.
German world number 97 Brown came back from a set and a break down to beat Portugal’s Joao Sousa 3-6, 7-6 (7/5), 6-4, 6-4.
“I’ll be fine to play the event and play seven matches”, he said.
“I wasn’t feeling the way I wanted to feel”.
“When I initially got on the grass, I wasn’t feeling my hip at all”.
Below is all you need to know to watch the action on Wednesday, and below that is a full list of singles matches containing seeded competition for the men’s and women’s brackets.
That’s one down, six to go if she is to become the first mother to triumph at Wimbledon since Australian Evonne Goolagong Cawley 37 years ago.
Camila Giorgi defeated Alize Cornet, 5-7, 6-4, 6-4, while Madison Keys moved past Nao Hibino, 6-4, 6-2.
“I prepared for a lot of matches, tried to get ready for whatever my opponent will throw at you, but you can’t prepare for everything”, she said when asked about how she was dealing with the fallout from the crash.