(Wimbledon) Reigning three-time champion Novak Djokovic lost one set but qualified for 2 on MondayAnd round of Wimbledon eliminating South Korean Soon-woo Kwon (81And world) 6-3, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 in 2h 27.
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The 35-year-old Serb thus won his 80sAnd played in the Major on grass, becoming the first player, both men and women, to reach this level in singles in the four Grand Slam tournaments.
“Now we aim for 100And ! “Launched the number 3 in the world before leaving Center Court, the roof of which was closed due to the rain, at times very heavy, which fell on Wimbledon on this first day of the tournament.
Djokovic, in search of the 7And title on the London lawn to return to a record length of 22 Grand Slam titles held by Rafael Nadal, admitted he is happy to have made it through this first round.
“Presto-woo played high quality tennis. For my part, I have not done a preparation tournament and therefore the first matches are always more complicated than expected. I had to find a tactical way to take control of the exchanges, “she explained.
His start was therefore complicated against a 21-year-old player who bravely played his luck.
Under 1-3 after being shattered in the first set, the Serbian chained five games in a row to win the first set.
A discomfort in the audience then interrupted the start of the second set for a few minutes, but it was still Kwon who took the lead by breaking 3-1 and then confirming to break 4-1. This time around, the South Korean maintained his lead: largely supported by the crowd, brought 0-30 to serve at 5-3, he lined up four points in a row to equalize in a set anywhere.
In the third round, this time it is Djokovic who finishes first to score three games, but without being able to win Kwon.
Under the growing pressure of the Serbian, Kwon however began to bend: he lost his serve to allow Djokovic to lead 5-3 and serve to win the set, which ended with an ace.
The fourth set is just a formality: Djokovic takes the lead 3-2 and wins with a 15And ace.
Not all went well in his match on Monday, with 29 unforced errors in particular, but he was able to count on an excellent service (15 aces for 2 double fouls, 61% of first balls passed and 86% of successes behind the first ball ).
In the next round, Djokovic will face Australian Thanasi Kokkinakis (79And) or the Polish Kamil Majchrzak (91And).
Carlos Alcaraz advances to the second round
Carlos Alcaraz, 7And world championship, he got scared, but ended up qualifying for the 2And round of Wimbledon on Monday ejecting German Jan-Lennard Struff (155And) 4-6, 7-5, 4-6, 7-6 (7/3), 6-4.
Last year, for his first participation in the Major on grass, Alcaraz had benefited from a pass and was eliminated on 2And round by the Russian Daniil Medvedev.
This time he will be opposed to the Italian Fabio Fognini (63And) or the Dutch Tallon Griekspoor (53And).
Struff had beaten Alcaraz in three sets in their only previous match, at 3And round of Roland-Garros in 2021.