LONDON -- Technically, his day's work came to less than three minutes.
Sam Querrey walked onto Court 4 Tuesday afternoon against fellow American Bradley Klahn looking for the four points that would deliver him into Wimbledon's second round. As it turned out, he needed to play eight -- the last an ace outside that Klahn might not have seen.
Thus, Querrey completed the first-round match 6-7 (5), 6-4, 6-1, 7-5. The clock said it was 2 hours, 23 minutes long, but it required about 20 hours of real time after rain suspended play late Monday.
You might think that trying to get to sleep with an important match hanging in the balance might be difficult, but Querrey said he slept just fine, thank you.
"It was quick," Tsonga said. "But not so easy to come back after yesterday night. I played four good points, and finally I won. It's good."
On Wednesday, appropriately, the two winners will play each other.
Isner eyes career best
The All England Club pockets a few pounds for this annual fortnight of strawberries and cream. It's England's party and, like at the other three Grand Slams, they have a vested interest in their own players.
Daniel Smethurst, a 23-year-old who was born in Manchester and trains in Nottingham, was granted a wild card into the men's draw by the All England Club. Although it was his 90th singles or doubles match of the past six months, this was his first at the ATP World Tour level. Smethurst, ranked No. 234, had the tough task of playing American John Isner, a hard server and the No. 9 seed here.
Predictably, it did not go well, as the young Brit fell 7-5, 6-3, 6-4.
Isner has a history here, but much of it -- besides that record-setting 11-hour, 5-minute win four years ago over Nicolas Mahut -- is less than good. Although he has a big game that seems conducive to grass, Isner has a career record of 4-5 at Wimbledon and has never advanced to the third round.
That could change this year because he's playing more aggressively, had a relatively quick match and will face veteran Jarkko Nieminen in the second round.
Isner called his win "comprehensive" -- and then he laughed.
"Which I'm not known for," he added.
"I've never gotten past the second round, but I've always said if there's any major I can do some damage at, it's here. I'm not looking too far past any of my matches. It's a cliché, but I'm going to take them one game at a time."
Trifecta for Kudla
Denis Kudla, a 21-year-old from Arlington, Virginia, via Kiev, Ukraine, had won only two previous matches in a Grand Slam, but he's into the second round here after defeating qualifier Marsel Ilhan of Turkey 7-6 (3), 6-4, 4-6, 7-5. Ranked No. 136 among ATP World Tour players, Kudla guaranteed himself at least a $46,000 payday -- not bad because he had won only $76,973 in the previous six months, mostly at Challengers. ...
So with rain in the forecast for Friday and Saturday, we bring you good tidings for the future. It's now official: Plans have been made to construct a second roof that will span Court 1 in time for the 2019 Wimbledon tournament. There is also speculation that another amphitheater-style show court will be added and that it will be named Murray Court. ... No. 5 seed Stan Wawrinka, who has struggled of late, had a snappy 6-3, 6-4, 6-3 victory over Joao Sousa. ... No. 20 seed Andrea Petkovic, who reached the semifinals at Roland Garros, defeated Katarzyna Piter 6-1, 6-4. ... 2002 champion Lleyton Hewitt handled Michal Przysiezny 6-2, 6-7 (14), 6-1, 6-4. ... No. 4 seed Agnieszka Radwanska defeated Romanian qualifier Andreea Mitu 6-2, 6-1. ... No. 8 Milos Raonic took care of Matthew Ebden 6-2, 6-4, 6-4. Fellow Canadian Eugenie Bouchard, 20, and the only woman to reach the semifinals of this year's two previous majors, was a 7-5, 7-5 winner over Daniela Hantuchova. ... Victoria Duval, an 18-year-old from Bradenton, Florida, is through to the second round of a Grand Slam for the second time in her career. Duval defeated No. 29 seed Sorana Cirstea of Romania 6-4, 3-6, 6-1. The No. 114-ranked WTA player will take on Switzerland's Belinda Bencic on Thursday. ... Alison Riske, a 23-year-old from Atlanta, took down No. 26 seed Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, 4-6, 7-5, 6-1. ... Varvara Lepchenko defeated Tsvetana Pironkova 6-7 (6), 6-2, 6-2. ... Jack Sock, a 21-year-old Nebraskan, defeated Pierre-Hugues Herbert 6-7 (5), 6-2, 7-6 (5), 6-4. ... Michael Russell, a 36-year-old from Houston, dropped the first two sets to Julian Reister, then equalized things before losing a 4-6, 4-6, 7-6 (5), 6-4 match that ran 3 hours, 50 minutes.