Last year’s Wimbledon runner-up Marin Cilic, a favourite to go far in the tournament again this year, has suffered a shock second round loss.
The Croatian third seed began the day two sets up but 4-3 down on Argetine Guido Pella’s serve in the third, resuming after rain halted the previous day’s play.
Pella wrapped up the third set comfortably, then shaded an exciting fourth set that included two breaks of serve for each player with Pella taking command in the tiebreak to clinch it 7-3.
He went onto win in four sets 3-6 1-6 6-4 7-6(3) 7-5.
Three time grand slam winner Stan Wawrinka’s woeful run at recent Grand Slams continued when the Swiss lost his second round match in three sets to Italian journeyman Thomas Fabbiano.
Novak Djokovic might have needed a sat-nav to find his way to Court Two at Wimbledon but once he reached his outback destination it was all one-way traffic as he zoomed into round three with a 6-1 6-2 6-3 win over Horacio Zeballos.
The last time Djokovic was serenaded by excited fans as he made his way from the locker room to an outside court at the All England Club was in 2009, when he played a fourth-round match on Court 3.
Since then he has become accustomed to playing in the biggest arenas the sport has to offer while amassing a Grand Slam trophy haul of 12 — including three at Wimbledon — and collecting more than $100 million in prize money.
While the audience numbers were more limited on Court Two compared with his usual playing fields of Centre and Court One, Djokovic made it a day to remember for the 4,000 fans who had crammed into the more intimate arena.
“I was enjoying it. I’ve never played on this new Court Two (which opened in 2009). I played on the old Court Two … Yeah, long time ago,” said a grinning Djokovic.
“What was different is the walk to the court. Obviously the crowd, everybody cheering you on, wishing you luck, (and) after the match congratulating you. That was quite special, quite different.
“I haven’t experienced that in a while in Wimbledon,” added the Serbian, who usually uses the club’s private underground network of tunnels to navigate his way around the grounds.
Djokovic coasted towards his 60th win at Wimbledon by breaking his 126th-ranked Argentine opponent six times and fired down 15 aces.