High seed Novak Djokovic overcame a dogged problem from 81st-ranked Korean Kwon Quickly-woo and his personal grasscourt rustiness to achieve the Wimbledon second spherical with a 6-4, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 victory on Monday.
The defending champion, bidding for his fourth Wimbledon title in a row, regarded out-of-sorts at occasions in opposition to Kwon, who introduced a vigorous combination of tennis, from booming forehands to delicate drop-shots, onto Centre Court docket.
The 24-year-old Korean broke Djokovic’s serve within the fourth sport of the second set and went on to win it with a drop-shot and a giant serve.
However the 35-year-old Serb, aiming to win a twenty first Grand Slam title, recovered sufficient of his trademark consistency to see off the problem.
Djokovic, who performed no grass-court warm-ups earlier than the championships, secured victory with an ace on his first match level and can subsequent meet both Thanasi Kokkinakis or Kamil Majchrzak.
Britain’s Norrie eases by after rain delay
Ninth seed Cameron Norrie made mild work of Spain’s Pablo Andujar to provide Britain its first win at this 12 months’s Wimbledon, easing by 6-0 ,7-6(3), 6-3.
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With the house highlight very a lot on Centre Court docket the place fellow Britons Emma Raducanu and Andy Murray have been in motion later, Norrie opened proceedings on Court docket Two.
Left-hander Norrie, the highest-ranked house participant within the males’s draw, dominated the opening set in opposition to the 36-year-old who regarded uncomfortable on the grass.
Anjujar, who had suffered six first-round defeats in his eight earlier Wimbledon appearances, broke serve early within the second set however Norrie recovered and moved two units forward when he comfortably took a tiebreak.
Norrie was gifted a break to like within the third sport of the third set and moved to the brink of victory at 3-5 on the Anjujar serve however did not convert three match factors earlier than heavy rain compelled the gamers off courtroom.
On the resumption, Norrie accomplished the job with a backhand cross to maneuver into spherical two.
“That was not straightforward. I noticed the darkish clouds coming and somebody shouted out ‘get it accomplished earlier than the rain’ – I used to be like ‘come on, I am making an attempt to get it accomplished,” Norrie mentioned.
“Plenty of ready round and it wasn’t the prettiest efficiency however I received it accomplished in straight units and I will take that and transfer on.”
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Seventeen British gamers began out within the singles foremost draw, essentially the most since 2001.
Jodie Burrage turned the primary of the house contingent to lose after happening 6-2, 6-3 to Ukraine’s Lesia Tsurenko.
Third seed Ruud seals maiden Wimbledon win at third try
Norwegian third seed Casper Ruud registered his maiden Wimbledon victory in his third main-draw look when he noticed off skilled Spaniard Albert Ramos-Vinolas 7-6(1), 7-6(9), 6-2 within the first spherical.
French Open runner-up Ruud did not get previous the opening hurdle in 2019 and 2021 and arrived at this 12 months’s grasscourt Grand Slam following a first-round loss at Queen’s to world quantity 180 Ryan Peniston.
The percentages have been once more stacked in opposition to the 23-year-old Ruud, who as soon as joked that grass is for golfers, as he confronted an opponent who had defeated him in three out of 4 profession conferences — although all of the matches have been on clay.
Ruud served strongly, meting out 14 aces, and dominated the baseline battle in opposition to the left-hander throughout a rain-interrupted match.
Each gamers had alternatives within the first set however neither managed a service break earlier than Ruud dictated phrases within the tiebreaker to nostril forward.
The 34-year-old Ramos-Vinolas, ranked thirty fourth, traded two service breaks together with his opponent within the second and had 4 set factors within the tiebreaker to degree the competition however ended up shedding it to fall 2-0 behind.
Ruud grew in confidence because the Spaniard’s problem melted away and after two breaks within the third set the Norwegian sealed victory to arrange a gathering with Argentine Tomas Martin Etcheverry or Frenchman Ugo Humbert.