Wimbledon Day 1: Novak Djokovic, Iga Swiatek win

Defending males’s champion Novak Djokovic and ladies’s prime seed Iga Swiatek began their Wimbledon campaigns with routine victories on Monday.

Djokovic, 36, started the Centre Court docket programme with a 6-3 6-3 7-6(4) win over Argentine Pedro Cachin after a 70-minute delay as a consequence of rain.

It’s the 12 months’s third main match — and Djokovic received the primary two: the Australian Open in January and the French Open in June. That places him midway to the primary calendar-year Grand Slam in males’s tennis since 1969. He got here near the feat in 2021, falling only one victory quick when he misplaced within the last of the U.S. Open.

He seeks a fifth consecutive title on the All England Membership and eighth total, which each would tie data for males.

Djokovic’s title at Roland Garros was his twenty third at a Slam occasion, breaking a tie with Rafael Nadal for the boys’s mark in that class.

“It was positively irritating, in fact, for all the gang. For us gamers, we each wished to play however the circumstances weren’t nice, clearly nonetheless slippery,” Djokovic mentioned of the delay.

The Serb used a towel to assist dry some moist spots.

“I usually come out with rackets, not with towels.”

Venus Williams and Coco Gauff are among the many different huge names in motion in a while Day 1.

Swiatek beat Zhu Lin of China 6-1, 6-3 at No. 1 Court docket, successful the ultimate two video games after the roof was closed following a rain delay.

World primary Swiatek mentioned she feels higher ready for the grass-court main this 12 months following her title on the French Open.

“After Roland Garros,” she mentioned on court docket, “I actually took a while to simply respect what occurred.

“Final 12 months, after I received Roland Garros, it was my second Grand Slam so it nonetheless felt, like, overwhelming, however this time I actually might simply concentrate on celebrating and really getting again to work with extra peace in my head and I attempt to be open minded for the grass season and I believe it is working.

“Hopefully I’ll have the ability maintain that mindset.”

Barbora Strycova, a semifinalist in 2019, grew to become the primary winner of this 12 months’s match by beating Maryna Zanevska 6-1, 7-5. On the boys’s aspect, seventh-seeded Andrey Rublev beat Max Purcell 6-3, 7-5, 6-4 on No. 3 Court docket.

Djokovic will likely be adopted in the principle stadium by Williams, a 43-year-old taking part within the sport’s oldest main match for the twenty fourth time and taking up Elina Svitolina of Ukraine. Williams — whose youthful sister, Serena, retired after final season — received 5 of her seven Grand Slam singles trophies at Wimbledon.

After Swiatek at No. 1 Court docket, three-time Grand Slam runner-up Casper Ruud was enjoying Laurent Lokoli. After which Gauff — a 19-year-old American who was a French Open finalist final 12 months — will face 2020 Australian Open champion Sofia Kenin. 

(With inputs from AP and Reuters)


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Up to date: 03 Jul 2023, 11:40 PM IST