World no.3 Novak Djokovic started his Wimbledon title defence with a 4 set victory over Soonwoo Kwon.
Though Kwon took a set off the top-seeded Serb in a praiseworthy effort, Djokovic emerged as a winner 6-3, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4.
Novak overcame his spirited opponent in two hours and 27 minutes.
The 81st-ranked South Korean broke first and consolidated the break to go 3-1 up. Novak battled again to win the subsequent 5 video games and take the set, breaking Kwon twice within the course of.
Kwon once more raced to a 3-1 lead within the second set. This time, he stored that lead and took the set 6-3 to degree the competition.
We didn’t see a break of serve within the first seven video games of the third set. Novak made a break to go 5-3 up and held to seize a 2-1 lead within the match.
A single break within the fourth recreation proved sufficient for Novak to earn a record-breaking win at SW19 and are available by his difficult first-round encounter.
“I’ve stated this earlier than however this courtroom is really particular, for me it has all the time been the courtroom I dreamed of taking part in and profitable and all my childhood goals got here true right here so it’s an honour and pleasure to be again on Centre Court docket,” stated Djokovic.
On profitable 80 matches at Wimbledon, Nole added: “This sport has given me every part, I owe loads to the game and I adore it nonetheless with all my coronary heart. I’m as devoted as anybody on the market, I’m not one of many children anymore however the love for this sport nonetheless burns in me and I attempt to all the time play my finest tennis at Grand Slams and ship my finest tennis at the very best courts. Now that we’re at 80, let’s get to 100.”
Match statistics: aces (15-7), double faults (2-5), winners (31-31), unforced errors (29-26), whole factors gained (112-94).
Novak will likely be trying to win a seventh Wimbledon title this 12 months.
He goes on to play towards Australian Thanasi Kokkinakis (def. Pole Kamil Majchrzak) within the second spherical on Wednesday.