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Defending champion Novak Djokovic started his quest for a fourth successive Wimbledon title with a hard-fought four-set win over South Korean Kwon Quickly-woo beneath the Centre Courtroom roof.
Djokovic is aiming to win a seventh title at SW19, which might take him one behind Roger Federer’s males’s document.
Serbia’s high seed prevailed 6-3 3-6 6-3 6-4 over the world quantity 81.
The win takes the previous world primary’s victory streak at Wimbledon to 22 matches.
It additionally means Djokovic turns into the primary participant, man or girl, to document 80 singles wins in any respect 4 Grand Slam tournaments.
“I’ve mentioned this earlier than however this court docket is actually particular, for me it has all the time been the court docket I dreamed of enjoying and successful and all my childhood goals got here true right here so it is an honour and pleasure to be again on Centre Courtroom,” mentioned Djokovic.
On successful 80 matches at Wimbledon, he added: “This sport has given me the whole lot, I owe rather a lot to the game and I adore it nonetheless with all my coronary heart.
“I’m as devoted as anybody on the market, I’m not one of many children anymore however the love for this sport nonetheless burns in me and I attempt to all the time play my finest tennis on the Grand Slams and ship my finest tennis at one of the best courts. Now that we’re at 80, let’s get to 100.”
Djokovic pulls by as Kwon rises to Centre Courtroom event
As custom dictates, defending males’s singles champion Djokovic was elected to start proceedings on Centre Courtroom because the Championships returned with full capability crowds on Monday.
The 35-year-old world quantity three is the favorite to retain the title as soon as once more within the absence of top-ranked Daniil Medvedev – banned following Wimbledon’s choice to disclaim entry to Russian and Belarusian gamers – and the injured Alexander Zverev.
He overcame a spirited opponent to again up that billing and arrange a second-round assembly with Australian Thanasi Kokkinakis or Pole Kamil Majchrzak.
It was 24-year-old Kwon who landed the primary blow to the delight of an excitable Centre Courtroom crowd, gorgeous the highest seed with a break to fifteen and once more surrendering only a single level as he employed spectacular selection to consolidate a 3-1 benefit.
However Djokovic settled in, breaking again earlier than one other allowed him to serve out the opening set with a five-game streak.
Undeterred, Kwon, who gained his sole ATP title to this point in Astana final September, responded with a break for 3-1 within the second set and impressively noticed off three break factors from a 0-40 deficit to carry within the following recreation on his method to levelling the competition.
Inspired by the group as he continued to use stress within the third, the South Korean was unable to clinch a break level within the fifth recreation – permitting Djokovic to strike late on and retake the lead.
They proved essential moments, as Djokovic, having saved a break level within the opening recreation, ultimately asserted himself within the fourth set.
A single break proved sufficient for him to earn a record-breaking win at SW19 and are available by this difficult first-round encounter.