Novak Djokovic beats Soon-woo Kwon in the first round of Wimbledon 2022, in a match that turns out to be decidedly more complicated than expected for the Serbian champion, forced to catch up a late break in the heart of the first set, but above all to push himself at least until the fourth.
A praise also to the Korean who plays an absolutely fearless match against the six-time champion of the tournament, who scores 80 on the Wimbledon lawns and also becomes the first tennis player in history to win at least 80 games in all majors.
However, the 6-3 3-6 6-3 6-4 is emblematic. The winner of the match between Kokkinakis and Majchrzak awaits Djokovic in the second round. Neither of them has yet won a match at the Championships. The greyness that grips the London sky also has a considerable influence on Djokovic's performance at the first on Center Court.
Two wins and twelve defeats: this is Jan-Lennard Struff's calling card on the eve of the Championships. That it could embarrass Carlos Alcaraz, who had only played two career games on the lawns, seemed quite clear. That it could push him to a marathon for nearly five hours and stroke victory, well, maybe a little less.
The Spanish talent, fresh from a string of stroardinary successes in the first part of the season and from the half-disappointment in the Parisian Grand Slam, in his second career experience at the Championships needs overtime to overcome the cut of the first round.
He finishes 4-6 7-5 4-6 7-6 (3) 6-4.
The bests and the worsts from the London Slam
Nick Kyrgios said he was against the exclusion of Russian and Belarusian tennis players from the tournament: "Honestly, I don't think it was a good idea to ban them.
Medvedev is the best we have right now in our sport. Also other players like Rublev or Khachanov, young people who are important for the growth of tennis. Personally, as a competitor and as a person who wants to play against them, I am disappointed in their absence.
It is strange that Medvedev is not here. We all know what he is capable of. They wanted to play, they wanted to participate. " Meanwhile Djokovic made a new historic record at Wimbledon. The twenty-second consecutive victory on the All England Club lawns allowed the Serbian to reach an incredible milestone and sign yet another career record.
Djokovic has in fact become the first tennis player in history to win at least eighty games in every Grand Slam tournament. At the Tennis Channel microphones, Jan-Michael Gambill analyzed Nadal's scoreboard in detail. After a smooth debut against Francisco Cerundolo, the 22-time Grand Slam champion could meet Sam Querrey in the second round: "Sam Querrey is playing fairly well and is in a good draw zone.
He should have no problem beating Berankis in his debut, being much superior. on this surface. Could he be a threat to Rafael Nadal? I think so. Rafa has often suffered against big servers at Wimbledon, we have seen this several times in the past. It would be an interesting match. " On day-2 everyone is shaking: Serena Willliams is back!