Malisse stuns Ferrero at Wimbledon

At Wimbledon, Xavier Malisse is the only Belgian to reach the second round in the men's singles. Malisse beat Spain's Juan Carlos Ferrero after a fierce battle. Kristof Vliegen is out, also after a 5-set battle. Later today, the four Belgian women are playing their second round matches.

Xavier Malisse is a former semi-finalist at Wimbledon and has always had a liking for grass courts. The world's number 63 met Spain's Juan Carlos Ferrero, the world's number 17, in his opening match.

Malisse won the first and third set, but it was down a fifth set to decide the match. After 3 hours and 20 minutes, Ferrero succumbed: 6-2, 6-7, 7-6, 4-6 and 6-1 for Malisse. The West-Fleming is playing his best tennis and hit 27 aces. Malisse  next meets Germany's Julian Reister (ATP-129).

Kristof Vliegen (ATP-174) was unable to pull off a stunt against Frenchman Julien Benneteau, who is ranked 134 places above the Belgian on the ATP world rankings. Vliegen took a decent start, taking a two-set lead, but lost the next two sets. In the decisive fifth set, Vliegen was 5-3 up and serving for the match but he failed. Benneteau smelled his chance and eventually beat the Belgian: 2-6, 6-7, 6-1, 6-2, 7-5 after 3 hours and 34 minutes.

Malisse is now the only Belgian left in the men's singles, after Olivier Rochus was beaten by Novak Djokovic, also in five sets.