WIMBLEDON – These days, Novak Djokovic makes history almost every time he wins another game. On Monday, the top-ranked Serbian did so at Wimbledon.
Djokovic, a six-time All England Club champion, defeated Kwon Soon-woo 6-3, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 on the center court, his 80th victory on the grass court. With him, he became the first man or woman to win so many games in each of the four Grand Slam tennis tournaments.
Djokovic has been playing for the first time since losing to Rafael Nadal last month in the quarterfinals of the French Open.
However, Monday was not all his way.
With the roof closed due to the sporadic rain, Kwon was able to pick his points with his strong right-footed shot. It all came together in the second set, and even continued in the third, but Djokovic stepped up and played as he usually does in south-west London, unbeatable.
Djokovic has won the last three Wimbledon titles and is going for his seventh overall. That would put him in a second-place tie with Pete Sampras and William Renshaw. Only Roger Federer, with eight, has more.
Another important title would also give him 21 for his career. Nadal is 22 and Federer is 20.
Most of Djokovic’s individual Grand Slam championships have reached the Australian Open, where he is a nine-time champion. But this year he was unable to defend his title in Melbourne after being deported because of Australia’s vaccination protocols.
The first player to reach the second round was Alison Riske. The 28th American defeated the Swiss Ylena In-Albon 6-2, 6-4.
Other top seeders who advanced were No. 3, Ons Jabeur, from Tunisia, and No. 29, Anhelina Kalinina, from Ukraine. Kalinina will face in the second round another Ukrainian, Lesia Tsurenko.
Tsurenko’s match was stopped for about 10 minutes when his opponent, the British wildcard Jodie Burrage, stopped to help a ball that felt faint.
Burrage gave the boy a sports drink and a nutritional gel before someone in the crowd passed him some chewy candy. The boy was soon helped out of court.
French Open finalist Casper Ruud won his opening match on track 12. The Norwegian, third seed, defeated Albert Ramos-Vinolas 7-6 (1), 7-6 (9), 6- 2.
Also in the men’s draw were No. 9 Cam Norrie of Great Britain, 22 Nikoloz Basilashvili of Georgia, 23 Frances Tiafoe of the United States and 30 Tommy Paul of the United States.
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Djokovic makes more history with the 1st round victory at Wimbledon
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