Wimbledon 2016: Milos Raonic and Kei Nishikori through to Wimbledon second round
By Raz Mirza
Last Updated: 27/06/16 11:22pm
Milos Raonic and Kei Nishikori eased into the Wimbledon second round after comfortable wins on Monday.
Big-hitting Raonic cruised to a 7-6 (7-4) 6-2 6-4 victory over Pablo Carreno Busta in front of new coach and All England Club legend John McEnroe while Japan's Nishikori produced a fine display of hard hitting from the baseline to subdue Australia's Sam Groth 6-4 6-3 7-5.
Canadian sixth seed Raonic hired three-time Wimbledon champion McEnroe earlier this month in a bid to hone his game for the grass-court Grand Slam.
The fast grass of Wimbledon suits 25-year-old Raonic's game, as he showed when he reached the Wimbledon semi-finals in 2014.
And, under McEnroe's tutelage, he had shown further progress on the surface at Queen's Club earlier this month, when he reached the final before narrowly losing to world No 2 Andy Murray.
With McEnroe watching on Court Two, Raonic stayed in the groove with a comfortable start to his Wimbledon campaign.
Raonic will play Italy's Andreas Seppi for a place in the last 32.
Fifth seed Nishikori's rock-steady groundstrokes subdued Groth's 140 mph serves on Court One to advance.
Spain's David Ferrer was highly impressive as he beat Dudi Sela on Court Three to reach the second round.
The highest-ranked Spaniard owing to Rafa Nadal's absence, Ferrer dropped only four games as he won 6-2 6-1 6-1.
Sam Querrey came all the way back after losing the first two sets to pull out a 12-10 victory in the fifth.
The 28th-seeded American ended the match with his 33rd ace, beating Lukas Rosol of the Czech Republic 6-7 (6-8) 6-7 (5-7) 6-4 6-2 12-10.
Bosnian Damir Dzumhur went the distance against American Denis Kudla, while Nicolas Almagro also had to dig deep to see off Rogerio Dutra Silva.
The Spaniard took the first two sets 6-3 7-6 (8-6) but then conceded the next two 7-5 6-3 before rediscovering his poise to take the decider 6-3.
Former Wimbledon semi-finalist Grigor Dimitrov snapped a sequence of five first-round defeats with a 6-3 6-4 6-2 victory over American Bjorn Fratangelo to set up a meeting against Gilles Simon next after the Frenchman defeated Janko Tipsarevic from Serbia 4-6 6-4 7-5 6-3 but 17th seed Gael Monfils fell to compatriot Jeremy Chardy 6-7 (4-7) 6-0 4-6 6-1 6-2.
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