| LONDON, July 28
LONDON, July 28 Tennis fans did not have to wait
long for the first upset of the Olympics with sixth seed Tomas
Berdych losing 6-4 6-4 to Belgian world number 75 Steve Darcis
at the opening match on Wimbledon's Centre Court on Saturday.
As the Czech approached the net to shake the winner's hand
he pulled a slightly bemused look as if to say "What happened
there?" before congratulating his grinning opponent, who had
never before played on the 15,000 capacity court.
"It has always been a dream to play (on Centre Court). When
you're young you watch Pete Sampras playing there and you think
maybe one day, and today it was my day," Darcis told reporters.
"It was a great atmosphere. To play those matches is why you
play tennis and today it was an amazing feeling."
Having won the first set and gone 5-3 up in the second to
serve for the match, Darcis wobbled to hand his opponent a
Berdych's change in fortunes looked set to continue as
Darcis, serving for the match a second time, made a string of
sloppy errors to go 15-40 down, hanging his head in frustration.
But the crowd, half-empty as many took the opportunity to
soak up the atmosphere around the venue before watching Roger
Federer and Serena Williams later, got behind the underdog and
with a lot of clapping and some cries of encouragement the
28-year-old clawed his way back to deuce.
The pair battled it out in a long rally, which Darcis ended
with a classy cross court backhand to gain match point before
Berdych powered a shot long to gift the Belgian the match.
Darcis will face Colombia's Santiago Giraldo in the second
"I played him in Munich on clay this year and I lost
already, but you know I just beat Tomas," said Darcis.
"I'm playing good, I'm confident, so why not Santiago, he's
a great player and it will be very tough but I will do my best
and see how it goes."
(Editing by Mark Meadows)