Wimbledon: Novak Djokovic defeats Kwon Soon-woo in four sets to start winning | tennis news

Novak Djokovic is aiming to become the fourth player to win four consecutive Wimbledon titles along with Roger Federer (2003-06, Pete Sampras (1997-2000) and Bjorn Borg (1976-80); Djokovic advanced with a 6-3 3- 6 6-3 6-4 win; Hubert Hurkacz is the first seed to leave the draw

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Novak Djokovic had to work hard for his first round victory at Wimbledon on Monday

Novak Djokovic kicked off his Wimbledon title defense with a rusty four-set victory against Kwon Soon-woo on Center Court on opening Monday.

Djokovic has won the Wimbledon Championship six times and has won the last three editions of the Major on grass.

Despite losing the second set, the Serb bounced back as the match wore on and secured his 80th Wimbledon victory 6-3, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 in just under two and a half hours. .

The win makes him the first man or woman to have won at least that many singles matches in each of the four major tournaments.

Djokovic will face either Thanasi Kokkinakis or Kamil Majchrzak in the second round.

“I’ve said this several times before, but this court is really special for me,” Djokovic said after the match on Center Court.

“It’s always been the court I’ve dreamed of playing and winning on. All my childhood dreams came true here on this court at this tournament, so of course it’s an absolute honor and pleasure to be back.”

match statistics

Novak Djokovic Kwon Soon Woo
fifteen aces 7
two double faults 5
63/104 (61%) First serve in % 60/102 (59%)
54/63 (86%) % win on first serve 45/60 (75%)
20/41 (49%) % win on second serve 19/42 (45%)
17/26 Net Points Earned 13/19
4/8 Break points won 2/6
31 winners 31
29 unforced errors 26
112 Total Points Earned 94

This was Djokovic’s first official match on grass since he won last year’s final against Matteo Berrettini and later paid tribute to world No. 81 Kwon, who had been an uncomfortable opponent.

“Thanks to Kwon for playing very high quality tennis,” Djokovic said.

“I haven’t had any preparation, preparation tournaments or matches before, so you’re always going to feel a little less comfortable than you’d like, particularly playing against someone as talented as him who stays close to the line and hits very cleanly in both. sides.

“It was very difficult to get through, so I had to find a tactical way to control the point. It wasn’t easy.”

In the third and fourth sets, Djokovic progressively increased the percentage of first serves he hit and produced 10 aces over the course of the final two sets.

As the match progressed, he hit the same number of game winners (12) in the third set as he did in the first two combined.

After realizing that her victory gave her another piece of tennis history: being the first male or female player to have 80 wins or more in each major, she reiterated her dedication to the sport.

Djokovic said: “This sport has given me everything, I owe a lot to this sport. I still love it with all my heart, I have a lot of passion for it and I am as dedicated as anyone.”

“I’m not one of the youngsters anymore, things change a bit, but the love and flame for this sport still burns in me,” he continued.

“At this stage in my career, I always try to play my best tennis at the Grand Slams and really deliver the best time on the biggest courts our sport has.

“Now that we hit 80… let’s hit 100!”

Hurkacz surprised, Cilic out due to positive test

Alejandro Davidovich Fokina is making his second appearance in the Championship

Alejandro Davidovich Fokina is making his second appearance in the Championship

Elsewhere in the male draw of the first day, Alexander Davidovich Fokina stunned seventh seed Huberto Hurkacz.

Hurkacz was a semifinalist last year but lost 7-6 (7-4) 6-4 5-7 2-6 7-6 (10-8) after a marathon contest on Court No. 3.

Davidovich Fokina, the 2017 Wimbledon junior champion, returned after losing in the fifth set and losing in the match tiebreak.

The win was Davidovich Fokina’s first victory at Wimbledon in his second appearance. The three-hour, 28-minute duel was his third career top-10 victory and he will face either Federico Coria or Jiri Vesely next.

Former Wimbledon finalist Marin Cilic is out of the tournament after testing positive for Covid.

Cilic, who lost to Roger Federer in the 2017 final, was due to face Mackenzie McDonald in the first round but will be replaced by Nuno Borges.

“Hey guys, sad to share that I tested positive for COVID,” Cilic wrote on Twitter.

“I have been self-isolating and was hoping to be ready, but unfortunately, I still feel unwell and unable to compete at my best. I am heartbroken to miss Wimbledon and see my grass-court season end this way.” [I am] I’m looking forward to competing next year!”

casper ruud he earned his first main draw win at the All England Club by defeating Albert Ramos-Vinolas 7-6 (7-1) 7-6 (11-9) 6-2.

Ruud hit 14 aces and 46 game winners overall during the contest and capitalized on Ramos-Vinolas’ higher double-fault count (seven to three).

Nikoloz Basilashvili and Lukas Rosol delivered the first five-set match of the Championship, with 22nd-seeded Georgia prevailing 6-7 (4-7) 7-6 (8-6) 3-6 6-3 6-3.

Basilashvili will meet with France Quentin Hayes in the second round, after Halys outclassed compatriot Benoit Paire in four sets 4-6 6-1 6-2 6-4.

Francis Tiafoe he began his fifth Wimbledon appearance with a straight-set result against Andrea Vavassori 6-4 6-4 6-4 and spent just under two hours on the court. The 23rd seed will now face the qualifier. Maximilian Martererwho beat Aljaz Bedene 4-6 7-5 6-4 7-5.

tommy paul He could also face a second-round qualifier after his 6-1, 6-2, 7-6 (7-4) victory over Fernando Verdasco. Qualifier Max Purcell must beat Adrian Mannarino for that to happen.

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