Novak Djokovic will get Wimbledon title protection off the bottom with battling win

On the primary day of motion at Wimbledon, Djokovic opened play underneath the roof of Centre Court docket in a bid to win his fourth straight title at SW19 and first grand slam of the 12 months.

The highest seed’s victory towards Kwon was maybe not as routine as some anticipated. First, he got here from a break down within the opening set, then Kwon leveled the match by taking the second.

Djokovic started to seek out his rhythm in direction of the top of the third set and accomplished the win after securing a break halfway by the fourth — shortly after he had saved three break factors on his personal serve.

The victory made it 22 wins in a row at Wimbledon for Djokovic — a run that stretches again to the 2017 quarterfinals — in addition to his eightieth on the match.

“Credit score to Kwon for enjoying some actually prime quality tennis, he deserves some applause,” mentioned Djokovic. “If he had damaged me within the third set, this match may have gone a special method.”

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Kwon got here out firing in Monday’s first-round match and swatted a giant, inside-out forehand to maneuver a break forward early within the first set.

The slender lead was short-lived as Djokovic hit again with a double break of his personal to wrap up the set, however his Korean opponent continued to use the stress within the second with a mixture of highly effective baseline hitting and delicate drop pictures.

Kwon moved right into a 3-1 lead within the second set after which saved three break factors the following recreation to disclaim Djokovic a break of his personal — a bonus that enabled him to take the set and degree the match.

The sounds of rain lashing towards the roof and the occasional rumble of thunder may very well be heard from inside Centre Court docket at the beginning of the third set, muffling the cheers of the group and the noise of racket towards ball.

Djokovic lines up a forehand in his first-round match.
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The pair traded service video games earlier than Djokovic confirmed his expertise to clutch the match. The Serbian’s first serve turned extra constant and his floor strokes extra exact as he broke for a 5-3 lead. A sequence of massive serves — together with two aces — helped him take the next recreation and the third set.

Within the fourth, Djokovic saved three break factors at 2-2 earlier than securing a break of his personal at 3-2. From right here, Kwon could not discover a method again and Djokovic acquired his pursuit for a twenty first grand slam title up and working, with both Australia’s Thanasi Kokkinakis or Poland’s Kamil Majchrzak awaiting within the second spherical.

With the victory, he additionally made a small piece of tennis historical past as the primary participant to win not less than 80 matches at every of the 4 grand slams.