WIMBLEDON, England — Greensboro, N.C., native John Isner defeated Marcos Baghdatis 7-6 (2), 7-6 (5), 6-3 to win his first-round tennis match at Wimbledon.
The two were scheduled to play Tuesday but never got on the court because of rain. They began play Wednesday but were stopped with Isner, the No. 18 seed, up a set but down a break in the second.
In the second round, the Page High School alumnus will face Australian Matthew Barton, who is ranked No. 248 in the world. Barton beat Albano Olivetti in five sets, including 14-12 in the fifth, in his first Grand Slam singles match.
Barton won after a four-hour contest between two qualifiers that ended on a on a double-fault.
Olivetti, ranked No. 793, lost despite hitting 56 aces. Barton had 32 aces.
Olivetti also piled up 108 winners, compared to 88 for Barton.