Friday August 12, 2022

A three-time defending Wimbledon champion Novak Djokovic is through to the second round at the All England Club. Novak took down the young Korean Soonwoo Kwon 6-3, 3-6 6-3, 6-3 in two hours and 27 minutes on Centre Court. It was Novak’s 80th Wimbledon victory from 90 encounters in the cathedral of tennis.

Djokovic did not play at his usual level, and he still did enough to topple a persistent opponent in four sets and make a winning start. Both players scored four breaks of serve, and Novak prevailed with a single break of serve in the fourth set.

Kwon grabbed a break in the opener’s third game and built a 3-1 advantage. Djokovic raised his level after that, produced three good holds and delivered breaks in games six and eight to rattle off five straight games and claim the opener 6-3.

Soonwoo was a better player in the second set, surviving one challenging game and keeping the pressure on the other side with good hitting, especially from his forehand.

Novak Djokovic is through to the second round at Wimbledon.

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The Korean broke in the fourth game and fended off three break chances in the next one to cement the lead and bring the set home with a hold at 5-3.

In one pf the pivotal moments, Novak fended off a break chance at 2-2 in the third set with a valiant second serve. Kwon lost only four points in the opening four service games, and it all changed when Djokovic broke him at 4-3 to move in front.

The Serb held at 15 in game nine to wrap up the set and move closer to the finish line. Novak survived three break points in the fourth set’s second game and served perfectly in the remaining games. The pressure was on Kwon, and he could not endure it.

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Novak broke him in the fifth game to build the crucial advantage and served well after that to seal the deal with a hold in game ten.

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