World No.: 1, Novak Djokovic of Serbia is through to the second round of the Wimbledon tennis tournament in London.
Djokovic beat South Korea’s 80th-ranked Soon-woo Kwon 6-3 3-6 6-3 6-4 to advance.
Victory on center court made Djokovic the first player ever to win a record 80 matches at Wimbledon.
Djokovic is bidding to become the fourth man to win a fourth consecutive Wimbledon title in the open era.
Kwon had the first break of serve in the third game of the opening set to take a 2-1 lead. He then won his service game when Djokovic’s return sailed long to consolidate his break. But the Serb broke back in the sixth game to level the set. He then held serve to take a 4-3 lead.
Another break of serve in the eighth game saw the top-seed tighten his grip on the set at 5-3. The first set was over in 33 minutes with Djokovic winning it 6-3 when Kwon’s return sailed long.
After having an early break in the second set, Kwon closed it out to level the match at 1-all.
Djokovic upped the ante in the third set. He broke the Korean in the eighth game to take a 5-3 lead. He then served an ace on set point to take a two-set to one lead.
After breaking his opponent in the fifth game of the fourth set, Djokovic held serve to inch closer to victory at 4-2. The defending champion served an ace on match point to seal victory.
“I try to always play my best tennis at the grand slams on these significant courts and now that we are on 80, let’s get to 100,” says Djokovic.
In the women’s draw, third-seed Ons Jabeur of Tunisia beat qualifier, Mirjam Bjorklund of Sweden 6-1, 6-3 on court one to also progress.
Jabeur had a good start and led 2-LOVE after an early break in the opening set. She broke Bjorklund again in the fifth game when the Swede netted a forehand for a 4-1 lead. The first set was over in 25 minutes with Jabeur closing it out with another break of serve in the seventh game.
Jabeur had another early break of serve in the second set and led 3-LOVE after three games. The world No.: 2 sealed a comfortable 6-1 6-3 win in just 55 minutes to advance.