American Frances Tiafoe recorded the biggest win of his career on Monday as he routinely defeated third-seed Stefanos Tsitsipas 6-4, 6-4, 6-3 in the opening round of the Wimbledon Championships.
“That guy’s special,” Tiafoe said of Tsitsipas in his post-match interview. “He’s going to do a lot of great things and win a ton of Grand Slams. But not today.”
Tiafoe was brilliant from the start, and didn’t drop serve once during the two-plus hour match. Tsitsipas tried to make strides on the American’s serve in the third set, but Tiafoe answered every challenge he faced on Monday. He now awaits the winner of Canadian Vasek Pospisil and Spain’s Roberto Carballes Baena.
On the women’s side, Tiafoe’s compatriot Sloane Stephens upset 10th seed and two-time champion Petra Kvitova 6-3, 6-4. She moves on to play the winner of fellow American Kristie Ahn and Great Britain’s Heather Watson.
Also advancing to the second-round from the United States on Monday was fourth-seed Sofia Kenin, 23rd seed Madison Keys, Danielle Collins and Lauren Davis.
Seeking the Golden Slam this year, world number one Novak Djokovic dropped the opening set to young Briton Jack Draper before rallying for the 4-6, 6-1, 6-2, 6-2 victory.