Wimbledon | A win and a record for Novak Djokovic





(Wimbledon) Three-time defending champion Novak Djokovic lost a set but qualified for 2nd place on Mondaye Wimbledon round by eliminating South Korean Soon-woo Kwon (81ste World) 6-3, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 in 2h 27.

Posted at 11:44 am
Updated at 2:15 p.m

The 35-year-old Serb thus won his 80the Played in the Major on grass and became the first player, male and female, to reach that bar in singles at the four Grand Slam tournaments.

“Let’s aim for 100 nowe ! “Had the world No. 3 started before leaving Center Court, the roof of which was closed due to the at times very heavy rain that fell at Wimbledon on that first day of the tournament.

Djokovic, looking for a 7e Titles on the London lawn to return to a record 22 Grand Slam title length held by Rafael Nadal, who is admittedly happy to have passed that first round.

“Soon-woo played top-class tennis. For my part, I didn’t have a preparatory tournament and that’s why the first matches are always more complicated than I thought. I had to find the tactical way to take control of the exchanges,” he explained.

His start was therefore complicated against a 21-year-old player who played his luck bravely.

The Serb trailed 3-1 after a break in the opener and chained five games in a row to win the opener.

A public uneasiness then disrupted the start of the second set for a few minutes but it was Kwon who once again took the lead by breaking 3-1 and then confirming to walk away 4-1. This time the South Korean kept his advantage: Largely supported by the crowd, he led 0:30 on his serve to 5:3, hitting four points in a row to equalize with one set everywhere.

In the third round this time it was Djokovic who arrived first and scored three games but without being able to win Kwon.

However, under the Serb’s mounting pressure, Kwon began to give way, losing serve to put Djokovic 5-3 ahead and serve to win the set, which he completed with an ace.

The fourth set was only a matter of form: Djokovic broke to lead 3: 2 and won on 15e ace

His game on Monday wasn’t going well, especially with 29 unforced errors, but he could count on a very good service (15 aces with 2 double faults, 61% of first balls passed and 86% success behind his first ball).

In the next round, Djokovic meets Australian Thanasi Kokkinakis (79e) or the Pole Kamil Majchrzak (91e).

Carlos Alcaraz advances to the second round


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Carlo Alcaraz

Carlos Alcaraz, 7e world, got scared but he ended up qualifying for the 2e Round of Wimbledon due to the dismissal of the German Jan-Lennard Struff on Monday (155e) 4-6, 7-5, 4-6, 7-6 (7/3), 6-4.

Last year, Alcaraz benefited from a pass in his first participation in the Major on grass and was in second placee Round by the Russian Daniil Medvedev.

This time he meets the Italian Fabio Fognini (63e) or the Dutchman Tallon Griekspoor (53e).

Struff had beaten Alcaraz in three sets in their only previous meeting by 3e Round of Roland-Garros in 2021.

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