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Play Resumes After Rain On Day 1 At Wimbledon

Play has resumed after a rain delay on the opening day at Wimbledon, where a host of seeded stars adorn the opening-day schedule at the grass-court major.

Defending champion Novak Djokovic, chasing his fifth consecutive title at the All-England club, took the first set against Pedro Cachin 6-3 on Centre Court moments before the inclement weather arrived. Djokovic played his part in making the court playable again during the one-hour, 29-minute interruption, wiping down the court with a towel while ground staff used leaf blowers to dry the baseline.

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The Centre Court roof was reopened before Djokovic and Cachin resumed their first-round clash. Action on Court 1, where Casper Ruud is taking on Laurent Lokoli, has resumed under the roof.

After Andrey Rublev and Lorenzo Musetti notched early opening wins, Felix Auger-Aliassime, Hubert Hurkacz and John Isner were among those whose first-round matches were interrupted by the London rain on the outside courts. Hurkacz led Albert Ramos-Vinolas 6-1, 6-4 upon the resumption of their match, while Auger-Aliassime and Isner were both on serve in the opening set of their matches against Michael Mmoh and Jaume Munar, respectively.

Also forced off were Brandon Nakashima and Jordan Thompson, who were locked on serve in the fifth set of a thriller on Court 9. Thompson rallied to lead his American opponent 2-6, 2-6, 6-4, 7-6(4), 3-2, and held break point at 30/40 on Nakashima’s serve when play was suspended.

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