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    Djokovic racks up 80th Wimbledon win as Alcaraz fights back

    LONDON (AFP) – Novak Djokovic became the first player to win 80 matches at all four Grand Slams as he made a successful start to his Wimbledon title defence on Monday while teenage star Carlos Alcaraz battled over five sets to make the second round.

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

    But 20-time Grand Slam winner Djokovic was made to work after falling a break down in the opening two sets against his 81st-ranked opponent.

    “Now we have got to 80 wins, let’s get to 100,” said Djokovic.

    Djokovic, 35, is attempting to win a fourth successive Wimbledon title and join a select group.

    In the Open era, only Bjorn Borg, Pete Sampras and Roger Federer have managed such a streak at the All England Club.

    Serbia’s Novak Djokovic celebrates after beating Korea’s Kwon Soonwoo. PHOTO: AP

    Next up for Djokovic is Thanasi Kokkanikis. “Novak is kind of a brick wall,” said the Australian.

    Alcaraz, a potential quarter-final opponent for Djokovic, came back from two sets to one down to defeat Germany’s Jan-Lennard Struff.

    The 19-year-old fired 30 aces and 73 winners in a dazzling display of shot-making to win 4-6, 7-5, 4-6, 7-6 (7/3), 6-4.

    “Last year, I played five sets in the first round here as well so this shows how much I like grass,” joked Alcaraz. Spain’s Alejandro Davidovich Fokina knocked out 2021 semi-finalist Hubert Hurkacz courtesy of the tournament’s first final-set 10-point tiebreak.

    World number 37 Davidovich Fokina triumphed over the seventh-seeded Pole 7-6 (7/4), 6-4, 5-7, 2-6, 7-6 (10/8) in a match interrupted twice by rain.

    “When the rain came at 5-5 in the third set, I didn’t know whether to have lunch or take a siesta,” admitted 2017 junior champion Davidovich Fokina, who needed five match points to seal the win.

    Two-time Andy Murray also made it through, coming from a set down to see off Australia’s James Duckworth, who hasn’t registered a single win in 2022.

    Murray won 4-6, 6-3, 6-2, 6-4.

    “I’m getting on a bit now so don’t know how many more chances I’ll get to play on Centre Court,” said the 35-year-old. Around two hours of play was lost on Monday due to rain – and 10 matches cancelled – but that did not faze new women’s world number two Ons Jabeur.

    The Tunisian, a quarter-finalist in 2021, eased past Swedish qualifier Mirjam Bjorklund 6-1, 6-3 in just 54 minutes under the Court One roof.

    World number three Anett Kontaveit began her bid to reach the second week for the first time with a 7-5, 6-1 win against Bernarda Pera of the United States (US).

    US Open champion Emma Raducanu beat Alison van Uytvanck 6-4, 6-4, much to the delight of a partisan home crowd on Centre Court.

    The 10th seed became the first British female player to win a Grand Slam singles crown since Virginia Wade at Wimbledon in 1977 when she triumphed in New York last year.

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