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Djokovic secures 80th win as Raducanu delights Wimbledon crowd

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Defending Wimbledon champion Novak Djokovic turned the primary participant to win 80 matches in any respect 4 Grand Slams on Monday, whereas British teenager Emma Raducanu progressed safely to the second spherical on the All England Membership.

Six-time champion and high seed Djokovic noticed off South Korea’s Kwon Soo-woo 6-3, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4.

However 20-time Grand Slam winner Djokovic was made to work after falling a break down within the opening two units towards his 81st-ranked opponent — shedding the second of these.

“Now now we have obtained to 80 wins, let’s get to 100,” Djokovic informed AFP.

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Djokovic, 35, is making an attempt to win a fourth successive Wimbledon title and be part of a choose group.

Within the Open period, solely Bjorn Borg, Pete Sampras and Roger Federer have managed such a streak on the All England Membership.

In the meantime, teenage star Carlos Alcaraz, a possible quarter-final opponent for Djokovic, got here again from two units to at least one 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.

“Final 12 months, I performed 5 units within the first spherical right here as effectively so this reveals how a lot I like grass,” joked Alcaraz.

House crowd favorite

Within the ladies’s match, US Open champion Raducanu beat Alison van Uytvanck 6-4, 6-4 on Monday to the delight of a partisan crowd on Wimbledon’s Centre Court docket.

The 19-year-old British participant, who was an damage doubt for the Grand Slam, struggled to impose herself early within the first-round match however broke serve within the seventh sport.

Van Uytvanck broke again however Raducanu once more seized the initiative by breaking once more and survived a tricky take a look at on her serve to take the primary set 6-4.

The pair swapped breaks within the second set and Raducanu broke once more within the ninth sport, comfortably holding serve and sealing victory with a backhand volley to the delight of the gang.

Emma Raducanu returns the ball throughout her first-round match at Wimbledon. Image: Getty Pictures

“It’s an extremely particular feeling to be again at Wimbledon,” mentioned the British primary, who reached the fourth spherical final 12 months.

“I felt the help the minute I walked out and strolling across the grounds. I need to say thanks to everybody who has been right here supporting, by means of the powerful instances as effectively. It’s all price it to play on Centre Court docket and are available by means of with a win.”

Raducanu has struggled with a string of minor accidents since her sensational win at Flushing Meadows final 12 months, together with a facet pressure earlier this month.

{The teenager} didn’t drop a set in New York, changing into the primary British feminine participant to win a Grand Slam singles crown since Virginia Wade at Wimbledon in 1977.

However she has not received greater than two matches at a match since.

She is going to tackle France’s Caroline Garcia for a spot within the final 32.

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