posted on Jun, 22 2004 @ 01:01 PM
Maverick Russian seed Marat
was a shock casualty after losing to compatriot Dmitry Tursunov. Safin, seeded 19 this year, took the opening set and looked to be cruising
to victory before Tursunov turned the match on its head. Safin looked jaded and hit 39 unforced errors in the match before eventually going down 6-4
5-7 3-6 6-7 (7/1).
record 55th consecutive Grand Slam began on a high note when he won his first round match at Wimbledon. Ferreira broke Stefan
Edberg's record for most consecutive appearances at Grand Slams when he took the court against Croatia's Ivan Ljubicic, and after losing the first set
fought back to win 5-7 7-6 7-5 6-2.
Last year's runner-up Mark Philippoussis
put his poor run of form behind him by reaching the second round with a straight sets victory against
Christophe Rochus. Eleventh seed Philippoussis, who crashed spectacularly to Briton Ian Flanagan in the first round at Queen's two weeks ago,
triumphed 6-3 6-4 6-2 against the Belgian qualifier.
took almost two days to see off Olivier Patience at SW19. Rain delays on Monday meant the match was carried over, yet clay
specialist Moya kept his composure to close out impressively. Moya, seeded nine this year but with no realistic chance of winning the title, was never
behind in the match. Frenchman Patience gave it his all, but eventually capitulated as Moya did the business in the deciding set to prevail 6-4 3-6
7-5 6-7 (6/8) 6-1.
blasted Spain's Ivan Navarro Pastor to defeat at SW19 on Tuesday. The American, seeded 14 this year, was into his stride early on
and took the first set 6-3. He took the next as well, booming down some impressive serves as Navarro Pastor looked on helplessly. In the third set,
Fish began to dominate around the net, and eventually prevailed 6-3 6-2 6-3.
Czech seed Jiri Novak was stunned by Belgium's Xavier Malisse
on Court 11. Novak, seeded 16, was always struggling against the hugely talented
but unseeded Malisse, who made the semi-finals here in 2002. Malisse took the opener 6-3, and a break in each of the next two sets helped him ease to
a 6-3 6-4 6-4 win.