Wimbledon.com's thoughts on the hits and misses on the opening day of the Aegon Championships at The Queen's Club, London...
Late night encounter
Grigor Dimitrov had the entire Queen's Club crowd, and several ball girls, firmly in his corner as he took things down to the wire in his opening match at Queen's, beating Dudi Sela in a third set tie-break as the light faded. Last year's semi-finalist was a little rusty on the grass as the diminutive Israeli, who famously knocked out Andy Roddick at the Aegon Championships a few years ago, put him through his paces. But he held firm to set up a tantalising clash with Lleyton Hewitt.
Dimitrov's match almost drew more attention than it warranted because of who was in the stands watching. Maria Sharapova made her first visit to The Queen's Club to watch her boyfriend in action, sporting sunglasses and what looked like a warm coat, and throwing a few 'come on's' his way in the closing stages.
Lleyton Hewitt. The four-time Queen's Club champion was placed in the prestigious third-match-on-Centre slot, and for a while it looked like the 2002 Wimbledon champion might be a little embarrassed by his equally elderly opponent, Michael Russell. But 32-year-old Hewitt held firm against 35-year-old Michael Russell, wearing his trademark lack of sleeves, to grind out a 4-6, 6-1, 6-3 win in the first round.
Rough and tumble
It looked like Dan Evans's second appearance in the main draw at the Aegon Championships might be over all-too early as the Brit slipped on the grass in a very awkward manner, but he shook it off to pull off an upset against Guido Pella of Argentina. Evans, ranked No.277 in the world to Pella's No.75, didn't do much wrong to win 6-3, 6-1, and prove once again that he can be a big match player when the boot fits.
"It's up to me," Evans said. "Everybody said it to me before, and I was, you know, throwing it back at them. It's up to me now to hopefully do it for a sustained period of time, and I have been doing it now for what, two months? You know, I can beat some pretty decent players, you know, week in and week out, hopefully do it, and I will be playing these tournaments without a wildcard."
For James Ward, who suffered the agony of match points on his racket, only to lose to Ivan Dodig in three tight tie-breaks, 6-7(8), 7-6(2), 7-6(2). Ward, the world No.215, might have been no match for Dodig, the world No.51, on paper, but he has a certain something on grass, having reached the semi-finals of this tournament two years ago. And fortune favoured him for much of the early encounters until Dodig scrambled his way back into the match. "Got to take the positives," Ward said. "So served for the match and didn't really do too much wrong. He played well. Stuck to the tactics I went out there with. You've got to give credit where credit is due. He made me play, and that's the reason why he's ranked where he is."
One to watch?
The most famous pizza fan in tennis ended Jamie Baker's hopes of a second round appearance at Queen's, Benoit Paire giving the British qualifier a run around to win 7-5, 6-2.
Edouard Roger-Vasselin's 6-7(1), 7-5, 7-6(5) triumph over fellow Frenchman Guillaume Rufin.
Stat of the day
19, the number of aces served by Guillaume Rufin, the most of the day. And yet he still lost.
Xavier Malisse won another battle of the slightly golden oldies, beating Guillermo Garcia-Lopez 6-4, 5-7, 6-4. Meanwhile, Ajaz Bedene beat Paul-Henri Mathieu 7-6, 6-3, Santiago Giraldo saw off Jesse Levine 6-4, 6-4, Marinko Matosevic beat Freddie Nielsen 7-5, 6-2, Igor Sijsling beat Tatsuma Ito 6-3, 7-5, Denis Kudla beat Franciso Delbonis 6-0, 6-3, Thiemo De Bakker beat Illja Bozoljac 6-2, 7-6(5), Segiy Stakohvsky beat Edward Corrie 6-4, 7-6(1).
Quote of the day
"Winning a tennis match is always better than going out. It's a lot cheaper as well."
Dan Evans on his improved focus
Behind the scenes
Ross Hutchins talks about the Rally against Cancer
Coming up on Tuesday
S.Querrey (USA)  v A.Bedene (SLO)
X.Malisse (BEL) v J.Del Potro (ARG) 
L.Hewitt (AUS) v G.Dimitrov (BUL) 
M.Cilic (CRO)  v I.Dodig (CRO)
T.Berdych (CZE) / M.Llodra (FRA) v B.Paire (FRA) / E.Roger-Vasselin (FRA)
F.Lopez (ESP) v R.Berankis (LTU)
B.Becker (GER) v B.Tomic (AUS)
B.Paire (FRA)  v D.Kudla (USA)
S.Giraldo (COL) v A.Dolgopolov (UKR) 
L.Hewitt (AUS) / B.Tomic (AUS) v X.Malisse (BEL) / R.Ram (USA)
A.Mannarino (FRA) v J.Benneteau (FRA) 
G.Zemlja (SLO)  v K.Edmund (GBR)
M.Llodra (FRA) v P.Andujar (ESP) 
V.Troicki (SRB) / G.Zemlja (SLO) v O.Marach (AUT) / L.Rosol (CZE)
L.Rosol (CZE)  v S.Groth (AUS)
J.Nieminen (FIN)  v R.Harrison (USA)
N.Mahut (FRA) v R.Williams (USA)
J.Murray (GBR) / J.Peers (AUS) v G.Dimitrov (BUL) / F.Nielsen (DEN)
A.Kuznetsov (RUS) v D.Istomin (UZB) 
K.De Schepper (FRA) v R.Ram (USA)
J.Brunstrom (SWE) / R.Klaasen (RSA) v E.Butorac (USA) / A.Ram (ISR)
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