Read & Watch: Zverev Makes Quick Start, Into Second Round
After a first-round loss to eventual champion Borna Coric at the Gerry Weber Open two weeks ago, Alexander Zverev, for the first-time in his career, arrived at The All England Club without a grass-court victory prior to Wimbledon.
But the German looked sharp in his opening match at SW19, dispatching Australian James Duckworth 7-5, 6-2, 6-0 on Tuesday. Zverev won 93 per cent of first-serve points and hit 25 winners to earn his 35th tour-level match win this season after 90 minutes.
The fourth seed improves to 4-0 in first-round matches on the hallowed turf to begin his bid for a first Grand Slam crown. In 2017, Zverev recorded his best performance at Wimbledon, falling to 2016 finalist Milos Raonic in the Round of 16.
Appearing at The All England Club for the first time since 2015, Duckworth was aiming to reach the second round of a Grand Slam event for the sixth time. The 26-year-old drops to 1-4 at the event.
Gulbis reached the second round in three hours and 16 minutes, firing 19 aces to defeat #NextGenATP Brit Jay Clarke 4-6, 6-3, 7-6(3), 3-6, 6-4.
Fabio Fognini recovered from a set down to beat Japan's Taro Daniel 3-6, 6-3, 6-3, 6-3. The No. 19 seed needed just over two hours to advance, winning 27 of 33 net points en route to victory. The Italian, who has reached the third round on three occasions, will need to overcome countryman Simone Bolelli if he is to equal his best performance at The All England Club.
Bolelli battled past Pablo Cuevas 7-6(5), 7-6(6), 6-1 in two hours and seven minutes. The 32-year-old Italian saved all three break points he faced to notch his 10th match win in 18 encounters at Wimbledon.