Getting started more difficult than expected for Novak Djokovic. Triple defending champion, the Serb dropped a set before beating Korean Soon-woo Kwon in four sets on Monday in the first round of Wimbledon (6-3, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4). This is his 80th victory at the All England Club. The Serb was playing his first game on the surface this season, and it showed. Challenged in the exchange by his opponent, ranked beyond the 80th place in the world, “Nole” took two sets to get started. While he had lost his commitment twice in the first two sets, even conceding the gain of the second, the ex-world number one raised his voice in service in the third set, culminating in 89% success behind his first pitch and making five aces. Just as solid in the next set despite some unusual unforced errors, he finally won in four sets and just under two and a half hours of play. He thus qualifies for the second round where he will face the winner of the match between Thanasi Kokkinakis and Kamil Majchrzak on Wednesday.
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