Wimbledon, England (AP) —Today, Novak Djokovic rewrites history every time he wins a tennis match. On Monday, the Serbian star was in charge of doing it at Wimbledon.
Kwon Soon Woo, who won the All England Club six times, defeated Kwon Soon Woo 6-3, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 on the Center Court and won his 80th Grand Slam on the Grass Court. I put it in. As a result, he became the first male or female tennis player to record that number of individual victories in each Grand Slam tournament.RELATED
“Playing like a defending champion and always being the first on the pitch is unique,” said Djokovic, who has won 22 consecutive tournaments. “Since Wimbledon changed this year to be able to train (on the center court) before kickoff, we always had to leave the grass and go out. It’s a very unique and special feeling in our sport.”
It was Djokovic’s first match since losing to Rafael Nadal last month in the French Open semi-finals.
Not everything went well on Monday.
Kwon, whose roof was closed by sporadic rain, fought with his powerful right hand. His best moment came in the second set and he extended it in the third set. However, Djokovic stepped up and played as usual in southwest London and was always indomitable.
Djokovic has won the championship in the last three editions of Wimbledon, looking for a total of seven titles. This will connect him with Pete Sampras and William Renshaw and leave him on the second list in history. The first is eight Roger Federers.
Another major title will leave 21 in his career. Nadal leads with 2222 and Federer adds 20.
Djokovic’s most singles title in Slams came at the Australian Open where he has nine crowns. However, he was unable to defend his title in Melbourne this year after being deported for not following Australia’s COVID-19 vaccination protocol.
Despite all the controversy caused by the incident, the masses of Center Court gave him a warm welcome at Wimbledon.
“I felt support,” said Djokovic, who could miss the Australian Open and another Australian Open because he was not vaccinated.
After his debut, Djokovic showed that he wasn’t thinking about New York right now, but added: I want to do it, “she said.
After Djokovic performed his mission, Emma Raducanu set foot on the center court for the first time in his precocious career. The 19-year-old Briton, who won the US Open last year, dropped out of the fourth round of last year before joining the All England Club.
“It was a great feeling to be back in Wimbledon,” Raducanu said after defeating Belgium’s Alison van Utvank 6-4, 6-4.
—Two-time champion Andy Murray has reached the second round of the 14th tournament after defeating Australia’s James Duckworth 4-6, 6-3, 6-2, 6-4. 2013 and 2016 champion Murray has never lost in his first round at Wimbledon. His on-duty rival is American John Isner.
— Colombia’s Camilla Osorio had to leave the first round due to pain in her right leg with Belgium’s Elise Mertens. During the sixth game of the third set, Osorio suffered a slip and was unable to continue. Mertens was seeded 24th and won 1-6, 6-2, 4-2.
— In the baptism at Wimbledon, Mexico’s Fernanda Contreras lost to Poland’s Magdalinette 6-1, 6-4. The 24-year-old Contreras went through the qualifying phase of the tournament and took part in the main draw. He did the same at Roland Garros last month and managed to get to the second round.
— Chile’s Alejandro Tabilo will be in the second round for the first time after defeating Serbian Laslo Jere 7-6 (6), 6-2, 1-6, 4-6, 7-6 (11). did. In the fifth set of Super Tiebreakers, Tabiro celebrated the victory prematurely — completed with a handshake — but the video review forced a replay of points, but the Chileans won it again.
— Carlos Alcaraz of Spain (fifth seed) up to 5 to submit 4-6, 7-5, 4-6, 7-6 (3), 6-4 to Jan Leonard Trough in Germany I had to row the set.
— Casper Ruud, who won second place at the French Open, made his debut in flying color on Court 12. The third-seeded Norwegian defeated the Spaniard Albert Ramos-Vinolas 7-6 (1), 7-6 (9), 6-2. ..
—The biggest surprise of the day in the men’s draw was the elimination of last year’s semi-finalist Paul Hubert Hurkacz. The seventh seed surrendered to Spanish Alejandro Davidovich Fokina 7-6 (4), 6-4, 5-7, 2-6, 7-6 (10-8).
— Among the women, American Danielle Collins (Seed 7) lost to Czech Marie Bouzkova 6-0, 7-5. Anett Kontaveit (2), Ons Jabeur (3) and Angelique Kerber (15) stood out in the seeded victories.