Djokovic survives scare as Murray and Raducanu progress at Wimbledon

Jonathan Davies in Wimbledon 27 Jun 2022
Djokovic claimed a historic 80th win at Wimbledon on Monday (Action Plus Sports Images / Alamy Stock Photo)

Reigning champion Novak Djokovic survived a scare as he launched his Wimbledon title defence with a hard-earned victory over Soonwoo Kwon on Monday.

Djokovic took the opening set on Centre Court, but was pegged back by the world number 81, who was looking to become the first player to defeat the six-time winner in round one at SW19.

Nevertheless, the Serb dug deep to eventually prevail 6-3 3-6 6-3 6-4 and claim his 22nd successive victory at the All England Club.

It was also a historic victory for the 20-time Grand Slam champion, who became the first male player of the Open Era to win at least 80 matches in all four Majors.

Joining Djokovic in the second round is two-time winner Andy Murray, who also maintained his record of having never fallen at the first hurdle after recovering from a set down to beat James Duckworth 4-6 6-3 6-2 6-4.

Compatriot Cam Norrie ran out a straight-sets winner against Pablo Andujar, while fifth seed Carlos Alcaraz was taken to five by Jan-Lennard Struff before eventually prevailing 4-6 7-5 4-6 7-6(3) 6-4 after four hours and 10 minutes.

Casper Ruud claimed his first victory at Wimbledon; the French Open runner-up hitting 14 aces as he saw off Albert Ramos-Vinolas 7-6(1) 7-6(9) 6-2. Meanwhile, Jannik Sinner earned his first win on grass at ATP level after putting three-time Major champion Stan Wawrinka to the sword 7-5 4-6 6-3 6-2.

But there was no joy for seventh seed Hubert Hurkacz. Despite a spirited fightback from two sets down, the 2021 semi-finalist was ousted in a decider by former Junior winner Alejandro Davidovich Fokina.

Pablo Carreno Busta was another big name to fall after the 16th seed was forced to retire from his clash with Dusan Lajovic through injury.

Over in the Ladies’ draw, second seed Anett Kontaveit overcame Bernarda Para 7-5 6-1, while third seed Ons Jabeur took just 54 minutes to wrap up a convincing 6-1 6-3 victory over Swedish qualifier Mirjam Bjorklund.

US Open champion Emma Raducanu delighted her home crowd on Centre Court by defeating Alison Van Uytvanck 6-4 6-4, while maintaining her perfect record in the opening round of Grand Slam tournaments (5-0).

Angelique Kerber – winner here in 2018 – also advanced in straight sets as she put Kristina Mladenovic to the sword 6-0 7-5.

Australian Open runner-up Danielle Collins has endured a stop-start season due to a string of niggling injuries. The seventh seed went down 5-7 6-4 6-4 against Marie Bouzkova, while Beatriz Haddad Maia and Martina Trevisan were also sent packing.

Seeded at Wimbledon for the first time after triumphing in Nottingham and Birmingham, Haddad Maia was beaten 6-4 4-6 6-2 by Kaja Juvan.

As for Rabat champion Trevisan, who arrived off the back of 10 wins from 12 matches, the Italian fell 6-2 6-0 to compatriot Elisabetta Cocciaretto.

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Wimbledon 2022 Day One Results

Monday June 27

Centre Court (1.30pm onwards)
Novak Djokovic 6-3 3-6 6-3 6-4 Soonwoo Kwon
Alison Van Uytvanck 4-6 4-6 Emma Raducanu
Andy Murray 4-6 6-3 6-2 6-4 James Duckworth

No.1 Court (1pm onwards)
Mirjam Bjorklund 1-6 3-6 Ons Jabeur
Jan-Lennard Struff 6-4 5-7 6-4 6-7(3) 4-6 Carlos Alcaraz
Angelique Kerber 6-0 7-5 Kristina Mladenovic

No.2 Court
Cameron Norrie 6-0 7-6(3) 6-3 Pablo Andujar
Bernarda Pera 5-7 1-6 Anett Kontaveit
Jannik Sinner 7-5 4-6 6-3 6-2 Stan Wawrinka

No.3 Court
Alejandro Davidovich Fokina 7-6(4) 6-4 5-7 2-6 7-6(8) Hubert Hurkacz
Danielle Collins 7-5 4-6 4-6 Marie Bouzkova
Tamara Korpatsch v Heather Watson

Court 12
Casper Ruud 7-6(1) 7-6(9) 6-2 Albert Ramos-Vinolas
Kaja Juvan 6-4 4-6 6-2 Beatriz Haddad Maia

Court 18
Jodie Burrage 2-6 3-6 Lesia Tsurenko
Enzo Couacaud 7-6(6) 6-7(3) 6-4 3-6 5-7 John Isner

Court 4
Tommy Paul 6-1 6-2 7-6(4) Fernando Verdasco
Camila Osorio 6-1 2-6 2-4 Ret. Elise Mertens
Martina Trevisan 2-6 0-6 Elisabetta Cocciaretto

Court 6
Tomas Martin Etcheverry 3-6 6-3 6-4 3-6 4-6 Ugo Humbert
Clara Tauson 1-4 Ret. Mai Hontama
Tamara Zidansek 4-6 6-7(1) Panna Udvardy

Court 7
Anhelina Kalinina 4-6 6-2 6-4 Anna Bondar
Alejandro Tabilo 7-6(6) 6-2 1-6 4-6 7-6(11) Laslo Djere
Oscar Otte 6-1 6-2 6-1 Peter Gojowczyk

Court 8
Maximilian Marterer 4-6 7-5 6-4 7-5 Aljaz Bedene
Aleksandra Krunic 6-7(5) 6-7(1) Sorana Cirstea

Court 9
Benoit Paire 6-4 1-6 2-6 4-6 Quentin Halys
Federico Coria 3-6 2-6 6-7(3) Jiri Vesely
Lucia Bronzetti 1-6 4-6 Ann Li

Court 10
Ylena In-Albon 2-6 4-6 Alison Riske
Rebecca Marino 4-6 6-3 5-7 Katarzyna Kawa
Maddison Inglis 7-5 3-6 4-6 Dalma Galfi
Alexander Bublik 6-1 6-2 6-4 Marton Fucsovics

Court 11
Thiago Monteiro 2-6 4-6 5-7 Jaume Munar
Jule Niemeier 6-1 6-4 Xiyu Wang
Tim Van Rijthoven 7-6(7) 6-1 6-2 Federico Delbonis

Court 14
Adrian Mannarino 6-3 7-6(0) 4-6 4-6 6-4 Max Purcell
John Millman 3-6 6-2 3-6 4-6 Miomir Kecmanovic

Court 15
Nikoloz Basilashvili 6-7(4) 7-6(3) 3-6 6-3 6-3 Lukas Rosol
Kaia Kanepi 4-6 4-6 Diane Parry
Dusan Lajovic 3-6 6-4 Ret. Pablo Carreno Busta

Court 16
Katerina Siniakova 0-6 5-7 Maja Chwalinska
Thanasi Kokkinakis 7-6(5) 6-2 7-5 Kamil Majchrzak
Tallon Griekspoor 5-7 7-5 6-3 6-4 Fabio Fognini
Ekaterine Gorgodze 4-6 1-6 Irina-Camelia Begu

Court 17
Frances Tiafoe 6-4 6-4 6-4 Andrea Vavassori
Caroline Garcia 4-6 6-1 7-6(4) Yuriko Miyazaki
Magda Linette 6-1 6-4 Fernanda Contreras Gomez

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