Wimbledon: Djokovic overcomes fierce challenge from Korean Kwon | Tennis News
The romance didn’t last very long or so it seemed. From the opening game of the first-round clash, a spectator shouted “Go Kwon” as Djokovic ready to serve at 40-30. It sounded more like a stand against the Serb than support for the karaoke-loving South Korean Soon Woo Kwon. And when the world No. 81 ripped a forehand down the line to break early in the set, the scream seemed to split the roof that was drawn over the iconic setup on an interrupted afternoon. by the rain.
Rooting for the underdog is not uncommon in sports, especially in individual disciplines. Djokovic’s dominance, having been ranked No. 1 for a record total of 373 weeks, motivates onlookers to even the odds. The game of the top seed is a science and not a symphony, a study of geometric designs, angles and lines; he’s the master of changing pace and direction, giving air to his punches before flattening them like a rolling pin on raw dough.
Unsurprisingly, the SW19 crowd followed the 24-year-old whose soft hands and quick feet pleased them for the first 72 minutes of the game, until the Serb changed gears. Monday’s 6-3, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 win gave Djokovic his 80th match win at Wimbledonmaking him the first player, male or female, to record at least 80 singles wins in all four Grand Slam tournaments.
Djokovic, who was cheered on by his wife Jelena and his son Stefan, touched the grass as the cheers rained down on him. The 35-year-old looked up at the roof, holding his gaze a bit longer than he normally does, and finished with his signature stadium corner salutes.
American tennis legend John McEnroe has applauded the Serb’s ability to use the negative energy of spectators to push him to a new level whenever he is faced with increasing decibel levels around him.
In other matches, Spaniard Alejandro Davidovich Fokina took down seventh-seeded Hubert Hurkacz of Poland, who had saved three match points in the third set before leveling the scores in the set. Fokina did well to stay mentally in the competition, claiming a 7-6(4) 6-4, 5-7, 2-6, 7-6 (10-8) victory in 3 hours and 28 minutes.
Third seed Ons Jabeur knocked out Swedish qualifier Mirjam Bjorklund 6-1, 6-3 in just 54 minutes.