The Latest: Nishikori sets up second-round match with Tomic

LONDON — The Latest from Wimbledon (all times local):

3 p.m.

Kei Nishikori is into the second round at Wimbledon after beating American qualifier Christian Harrison 6-2, 4-6, 7-6 (3), 6-2.

The 24th-seeded Nishikori saw off Harrison’s attempt at a comeback by claiming a tight third set, before cruising to victory in the fourth.

Nishikori, the top-ranked Japanese player at the tournament, will next face another Australian, Bernard Tomic, who made the first-round draw as a lucky loser and took full advantage by defeating Hubert Hurkacz of Poland 6-4, 6-2, 7-6 (2).

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2:40 p.m.

Wimbledon title-holder Garbine Mugurza advanced to the second round with a 6-2, 7-5 victory over British wild card Naomi Broady.

The No. 3-seeded Spaniard overcame a partisan crowd as she fulfilled the reigning women’s champion’s honour of opening proceedings on Centre Court.

Muguruza faced only one break point in the match, but her failure to convert the regular chances she created on Broady’s delivery made for a competitive second set.

However, the two-time Grand Slam champion maintained her focus to close out the match and set up a second-round meeting with Alison Van Uytvanck of Belgium or Polona Hercog of Slovenia.

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2:25 p.m.

The 10th-seeded pair of CoCo Vandeweghe of the U.S. and Ashleigh Barty of Australia has pulled out of women’s doubles at Wimbledon, a day after the American injured her right ankle in a singles loss.

Vandeweghe is a two-time Grand Slam semifinalist and two-time Wimbledon quarterfinalist in singles, where she was seeded 16th.

She got hurt during a fall in the first-set tiebreaker of her 6-7 (3), 6-3, 8-6 loss to Katerina Siniakova on Day 1 at the All England Club.

Georgina Garcia Perez of Spain and Fanny Stollar of Hungary get into the doubles field after losing in qualifying.

Also withdrawing from women’s doubles were Zarina Diyas of Kazakhstan and Zheng Saisai of China. Diyas injured her left knee.

They’re being replaced by “lucky losers” Anna Blinkova of Russia and Marketa Vondrousova of the Czech Republic.

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2:10 p.m.

Although a drop of rain has yet to fall at this Wimbledon, a timely reminder of the All England Club’s development plans could be provided on Wednesday.

Possible showers are forecast for the third day of the tournament, meaning all eyes will be focused on Centre Court, where its retractable roof will allow play to continue.

In a year, attention will be split between two courts under such circumstances, with a retractable roof on No. 1 Court scheduled to be completed in time for the 2019 tournament.

A total of 2.2 million man hours have been spent working on the project since it began in 2016, with an average of 750 people participating on each working day.

The roof is set to be given its first test next May 19, with an exhibition of tennis for charity.

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2:05 p.m.

Juan Martin del Potro maintained his record of never losing in the first round at Wimbledon.

The fifth-seeded Argentine beat Peter Gojowczyk of Germany 6-3, 6-4, 6-3 on Tuesday to set up a second-round meeting with Feliciano Lopez. It was del Potro’s first grass-court match of the season after withdrawing from Queen’s with a groin injury, but the former U.S. Open champion used his big serve to dominate the match — hitting 22 aces and saving all four break points he faced.

Del Potro has reached at least the second round in all nine of his Wimbledon appearances and reached the semifinals in 2013.

Lopez beat Federico Delbonis of Argentina 6-3, 6-4, 6-2.

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1:35 p.m.

Last year’s semifinalist, Johanna Konta, is through to the second round after beating Natalia Vikhlyantseva of Russia 7-5, 7-6 (7).

A year ago, Konta became the first British woman to reach the last four since 1978, before losing to Venus Williams.

After struggling through the first half of 2018, Konta has begun to show signs of the form that helped her reach a career-high No. 4 ranking following last year’s Wimbledon.

The 22nd-seeded Konta saved two set points at 4-5 in the second against Vikhlyantseva before closing out the match to set up a second-round meeting with Dominika Cibulkova of Slovakia.

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1:15 p.m.

Australian trio Daria Gavrilova, Ashleigh Barty, and Samantha Stosur all advanced to the second round at Wimbledon with straightforward wins.

The 26th-seeded Gavrilova cruised past U.S. lucky loser Caroline Dolehide 6-2, 6-3. She will face Stosur in the next round, after the 2011 U.S. Open champion defeated Shuai Peng of China 6-4, 7-5.

Meanwhile, the 17th-seeded Barty defeated Swiss opponent Stefanie Voegele 7-5, 6-3 to claim her first main-draw singles victory at the All England Club.

Barty will next face British wild card Gabriella Taylor or 2014 runner-up Eugenie Bouchard.

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12:25 p.m.

As he began his Wimbledon campaign early on Day 2, Feliciano Lopez made history just by taking to the court.

The 36-year-old Spaniard broke Roger Federer’s record by appearing in a 66th consecutive Grand Slam singles tournament, continuing a run that started at the 2002 French Open.

Lopez, who has reached the Wimbledon quarterfinals on three occasions, took the first set 6-3 against Federico Delbonis of Argentina on Court 7.

The winner faces a potential second-round meeting with fifth-seeded Juan Martin del Potro, who is also a set up, against Peter Gojowczyk on No. 3 Court.

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11:40 a.m.

Play is under way on Day 2 at Wimbledon.

Last year’s semifinalist, Johanna Konta, is the early centre of attention as the home player attempts to put a disappointing first half of the year behind her in an opening-round matchup with Natalia Vikhlyantseva of Russia on No. 2 Court.

Juan Martin del Potro, a 2013 semifinalist, has also begun his campaign on No. 3 Court. The fifth-seeded Argentine faces Peter Gojowczyk of Germany.

Defending champion Garbine Muguruza will open play on Centre Court at 1 p.m. when she takes on British wild card Naomi Broady.

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11:20 a.m.

Garbine Muguruza will begin the defence of her Wimbledon title in perfect conditions on the second day of play at the All England Club.

There will be added intrigue as the No. 3-seeded Spaniard opens proceedings on Centre Court against British wild card Naomi Broady. Muguruza defeated Venus Williams in the 2017 final to claim her first Wimbledon crown.

Also in action is top-seeded Simona Halep, who is looking to build on winning her maiden Grand Slam title in Paris last month as she faces Kurumi Nara of Japan.

The Roland Garros men’s winner is also playing: Two-time champion Rafael Nadal begins his quest for a first Wimbledon title since 2010 against Dudi Sela of Israel.

Three-time winner Novak Djokovic faces U.S. player Tennys Sandgren on No. 1 Court as the Serb looks for his first title anywhere in more than a year.

With the sun out in London, there’s little chance of a rain delay, with the forecast predicting temperatures of up 81 degrees (27 C).

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More AP tennis coverage: https://www.apnews.com/tag/apf-Tennis

The Associated Press

 

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