‘Let’s get to 100,' says Novak Djokovic after record 80th Wimbledon win

28 June,2022 07:20 AM IST |  London  |  AFP

Defending champion Novak Djokovic wins record 80th Wimbledon match, beating Korea’s Kwon Soon-woo; Serb drops a set and admits being uncomfortable since he did not play any lead-up games

Serbia’s Novak Djokovic stretches as he returns to South Korea’s Kwon Soon-woo during their first-round match on Day One at Wimbledon in London yesterday. Pics/AFP



Defending champion Wimbledon win on Monday with a hardfought four-sets victory over Kwon Soon-woo of South Korea.

Six-time champion Djokovic triumphed 6-3, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 under the Centre Court roof. However, the top seed was made to work hard after falling a break down in the opening two sets against his 81st-ranked opponent - losing the second of those.

Kwon Soon-woo

Djokovic becomes the first tennis player, man or woman, to record 80 singles wins at all four Grand Slam tournaments. "Now we have got to 80, let*s get to 100," said Djokovic, a 20-time Grand Slam title winner.

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"I didn*t play any lead-up tournaments before Wimbledon so you always feel less comfortable. Kwon stays close to the lines, hits clean forehands and backhands so I had to find a way to go through him. That meant figuring out tactically how to get control of the points," he added.

Djokovic will face either Australia*s Thanasi Kokkinakis or Poland*s Kamil Majchrzak for a place in the last 32.

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