Cilic will face either Australian qualifier Jason Kubler or Guido Pella.
Eight-time champion Roger Federer breezed into the Wimbledon second round on Monday with a 6-1, 6-3, 6-4 win over Serbia’s Dusan Lajovic.
Top seed Federer, sporting gear designed by Japanese giant Uniqlo after a two-decade link with Nike, will next face either Lukas Lacko of Slovakia or French qualifier Benjamin Bonzi.
Federer, who beat Marin Cilic in last year’s final, is playing Wimbledon for a 20th straight year.
Third seed and 2017 runner-up Marin Cilic eased into the Wimbledon second round on Monday with a 6-1, 6-4, 6-4 win over Japan’s Yoshihito Nishioka.
Cilic, who won the Wimbledon warm-up event at Queen’s Club last month, will face either Australian qualifier Jason Kubler or Guido Pella or Argentina for a place in the last 32.
Vekic stuns US Open champ Stephens
Sloane Stephens became Wimbledon’s first big-name casualty this year as the world number four crashed to a shock 6-1, 6-3 defeat against Croatia’s Donna Vekic.
Stephens was expected to mount a strong challenge at the All England Club after winning her maiden Grand Slam crown at the 2017 US Open and finishing as French Open runner-up last month.
But the 25-year-old American, who has been in fine form since returning from foot surgery last year, had only gone past the Wimbledon third round once in six previous visits.
She was beaten in the first round last year and maintained her poor record on grass with another limp display against world number 55 Vekic on Court One.
Vekic, who sealed the upset on her fourth match point, faces Slovakia’s Viktoria Kuzmova or Sweden’s Rebecca Peterson in the second round.
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