Wimbledon: Defending champion Novak Djokovic survives Kwon Soon-woo, advances to 2nd round

With the win, Novak Djokovic became the first player, male or female, to record 80 singles wins at all four Grand Slams.

Defending champion Novak Djokovic reacts after winning 1st round at Wimbledon.

Defending champion Novak Djokovic reacts after winning 1st round at Wimbledon. (Courtesy: AP)

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Novak Djokovic beat Kwon Soon-woo 6-3, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 in 1st round
  • Novak Djokovic didn’t play any grasscourt warm-ups ahead of Wimbledon
  • Novak Djokovic will meet either Thanasi Kokkinakis or Kamil Majchrzak

Defending champion Novak Djokovic survived the first round challenge against South Korean Kwon Soon-woo 6-3, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 at Wimbledon on Monday.

With the win, the 35-year-old Djokovic became the first player, male or female, to record 80 singles wins at all four Grand Slams.

Djokovic, who is bidding for his fourth title in a row at Wimbledon, looked rusty on the grasscourt surface on Day 1 of the Championships, which saw rain interruptions after 30 minutes following the event got underway. However, the match between Djokovic and Soon-woo was free from rain as the centre court’s rooftop was closed.

Soon-woo broke Djokovic’s serve in the fourth game of the second set and went on to win it with a drop-shot and a big serve. However, the defending champion secured the win with an ace on his first match point.

Djokovic, who didn’t play any grasscourt warm-ups ahead of the Championships, will take on either Thanasi Kokkinakis or Kamil Majchrzak in the second round.

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