In-form Malisse has started Wimbledon with ambitions and proved that these are justified. The Belgian is 42nd on the ATP world rankings and his opponent, who is ranked 61 places lower just oustide the top 100, never posed a serious threat: 6-2, 6-3, 6-2.
Xavier Malisse always feels at ease on the Wimbledon grass courts and is a former semi-finalist in London. "I didn't have an easy start with the strong wind, but I soon found the right rhythm." Malisse next faces another German player, 20th seed Florian Mayer.
Olivier Rochus joins Malisse in second round
Olivier Rochus was the second Belgian man to qualify late yesterday. The youngest of the Rochus brothers needed five sets to squeeze past Frenchman Kenny De Schepper: 6-7, 3-6, 6-3, 6-1, 6-4. De Schepper is only number 232 on the world rankings, but the tall player made life hard for Olivier Rochus with his strong serve. Olivier Rochus next meets Argentina's Juan Martin Del Potro, the 24th seed and also a player with a powerful serve.