Day 1 at the 2012 Championships at Wimbledon was a rough one for American competitors. Venus Williams lost in the first round at Wimbledon for just the second time in her career. Later, No. 11 John Isner, the top-ranked American on the men's draw, fell in five sets to Alejandro Falla of Spain.
Isner lost 6-4, 6-7 (16), 3-6, 7-6 (16), 7-5 despite serving up 31 aces to just four for his opponent. While serving was no problem for the 6'9 Isner, his control was. He committed 49 unforced errors to 22 for Falla. The match was incredibly tight, with Isner winning 164 points to 163 for the Spaniard.
The No. 1 seeds had a much easier time. Novak Djokovic won in straight sets over former world No. 1 Juan Carlos Ferrero, 6-3, 6-3, 6-1. Maria Sharapova dispatched fellow Russian Anastasia Rodionova, 6-2, 6-3.
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