LONDON – The Latest on Wimbledon (all times local):
After a four-hour contest between two qualifiers that went to 26 games in the fifth set, the match ended on a double-fault.
Australia's 248th-ranked Matthew Barton fell forward onto the grass in relief and exhaustion after 793rd-ranked Albano Olivetti's second serve hit the top of the net and flew wide.
Barton came away with a 6-7 (9), 7-6 (5), 6-3, 6-7 (5), 14-12 win on Thursday in the completion of a first-round match that resumed at 3-3 in the fifth set after previous rain delays.
Olivetti lost despite hitting 56 aces. Barton had 32 aces.
Olivetti also piled up 108 winners, compared to 88 for Barton.
Barton earned a second-round match against another marathon man, John Isner. The American beat Nicolas Mahut at Wimbledon in 2010 in a match that went to 70-68 in the fifth set and lasted more than 11 hours over three days.
Andy Murray aims to join Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer in the third round as Wimbledon scrambles to clear a backlog of matches caused by rain delays.
Play on the outside courts started 30 minutes earlier than usual on Thursday under cloudy skies, with some rain forecast for later in the day.
Murray, the 2013 champion who is seeded No. 2, was set to play the second match on Centre Court against 76th-ranked Yen-hsun Lu of Taiwan.
Other men in action include No. 5 Kei Nishikori, No. 6 Milos Raonic and No. 7 Richard Gasquet.
Among the women, French Open champion and No. 2 Garbine Muguruza is set to play on Court 1 against Jama Cepelova.
More than a dozen players are still stuck in the opening round because of rain delays.