LONDON: Defending Wimbledon champion Novak Djokovic grew to become the primary participant to win 80 matches in any respect 4 Grand Slams on Monday whereas teenage star Carlos Alcaraz battled over 5 units to make the second spherical.
Six-time champion and prime seed Djokovic noticed off South Korea’s Kwon Soo-woo 6-3, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4.
But 20-time Grand Slam winner Djokovic was made to work after falling a break down within the opening two units in opposition to his 81st-ranked opponent — shedding the second of these.
“Now we have got to 80 wins, let’s get to 100,” mentioned Djokovic, who praised an opponent whose love of karaoke led to an look on the South Korean model of TV hit “The Masked Singer” final month.
Djokovic, 35, is making an attempt to win a fourth successive Wimbledon title and be a part of a choose group.
In the Open period, solely Bjorn Borg, Pete Sampras and Roger Federer have managed such a streak on the All England Club.
Alcaraz, a possible quarter-final opponent for Djokovic, got here again from two units to 1 right down to defeat Germany’s Jan-Lennard Struff.
The 19-year-old fired 30 aces and 73 winners in a blinding show of shot-making to win 4-6, 7-5, 4-6, 7-6 (7/3), 6-4.
“Last year, I played five sets in the first round here as well so this shows how much I like grass,” joked Alcaraz.