Jo-Wilfried Tsonga is a man that loves the grass at Wimbledon, making the quarterfinals in three of the last four years at this Grand Slam and upsetting some big names along the way.
On Monday at Wimbledon, it was Tsonga who nearly went down early, getting taken to five sets by Jurgen Melzer before eventually advancing to the second round as the match got postponed and finished on Tuesday.
Tsonga was up against the wall after Melzer won the third set to take a two-up lead, but Tsonga got it going after that, winning the fourth 6-2 and the fifth 6-4. Tsonga's service game was impressive late, tallying seven aces in that final set on his way to the win, and while it wasn't exactly what he wanted, he is still alive and hopes to do a bit better than he did on the grass here last year when he got upset in the second round by Ernests Gulbis, who is having his own troubles with vampires at Wimbledon.
Maria Sharapova, Serena Williams and Roger Federer were all able to advance out of the first round without dropping a set, while Rafael Nadal, a man who has recently had his own troubles on grass, dropped his opening set of this Wimbledon tournament before getting locked in and cruising in four sets.
Jelena Jankovic, the No. 7 seed, has never had a ton of success at Wimbledon, and that continued on Tuesday with another first round exit, this time at the hands of Kaia Kanepi.
Kanepi has had some of her best performances at Grand Slams on the grass, advancing to the Wimbledon quarterfinals in two of the last three years, and took care of business quite easily against Jankovic 6-3, 6-2.
"Maybe it just reinforces the concept that it is possible, that I can actually do it. In 2001 when I made it to the quarters here I served and volleyed 80 percent on the first serve. It was normal. I even did some in 2003 when I first won here. Then every year I started doing less because the game started changing. Now it could be that little extra piece to the puzzle that could bring me through, to have that extra option. I think it is helpful.” — Roger Federer, on the addition of Stefan Edberg to his team and if serving and volleying will be more normal now
Day three at Wimbledon features Andy Murray, Novak Djokovic, Li Na and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga all set to get going in their second round. Coverage kicks off on ESPN at 7 AM ET.