Wimbledon 2022: Novak Djokovic through to second round© AFP
Defending champion Novak Djokovic overcame a fear of taking his 80th Wimbledon win on Monday with a four-set win over South Korea’s Kwon Soon-woo. Six-time champion Djokovic triumphed 6-3, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 under the roof of the Center Court. But the first-seeded was put to work after dropping a break in the first two sets against his 81st-ranked opponent – he lost the second of those.
Djokovic becomes the first player, male or female, to win 80 singles in all four Grand Slam tournaments.
“Now we have the 80, let’s get to the 100,” said Djokovic, a 20-time Grand Slam title winner.
“I didn’t play any run-up tournaments before Wimbledon, so you always feel less comfortable.
“Kwon stays close to the lines, hitting clean forehands and backhands, so I had to find a way to go through him.
“That meant tactically figuring out how to get the points under control.”
Djokovic will face Australia’s Thanasi Kokkinakis or Poland’s Kamil Majchrzak for a place in the last 32.
(This story was not edited by DailyExpertNews staff and was generated automatically from a syndicated feed.)
Topics mentioned in this article