‘Flawless’ Novak Djokovic (36, Serbia, world No. 2) took the first step toward winning his fifth consecutive Wimbledon championship and his eighth career title.
Djokovic defeated Pedro Kachin (28, Argentina, 68th in the world) in the first round of men’s singles at the 2023 Wimbledon Tennis Championships held at the All England Club Center Court in Wimbledon, London, England on the 3rd (Korean time) 3-0 ( 6-3 6-3 7-6 <7-4>).
Djokovic, the “defending champion,” won Wimbledon four years in a row from 2018 to last year. This year, he is trying to win 8 times out of 5 consecutive losses. Roger Federer (42, Switzerland, retired) is the only person who has won the Wimbledon men’s singles eight times so far. If Djokovic holds this year’s trophy in his arms, he will stand shoulder to shoulder with Federer.
Djokovic, who conquered the Australian Open and French Open this year, also aims for his 24th Grand Slam title in his career.
In many ways, Djokovic, who is on the verge of breaking records, met Kachin in his first game. Kachin reached the third round at last year’s US Open, his best performance in a major tournament.
Kachin aimed for a surprise with a strong serve that showed power on the grass court. However, he could not overcome the wall of Djokovic, who was flawless in attack and defense.
In the first set, Kachin broke first and took a 2-1 lead. However, Djokovic immediately responded with a break and turned the tide of the game 3-2 with the subsequent serve game. Adapting to the grass court as the game progressed, he took the lead and won the first set 6-3.
After the first set, the game was briefly interrupted by a shower. With the roof of the center court covered, the game was delayed for over an hour. Djokovic and Kachin meticulously inspected the coat from which the tarp was removed to prevent injury.
In the match that started again after that, Djokovic took the second set 6-3. Kachin, who was driven to the last set, played a consistent match in the third set. The third set, which proceeded as a one-break fight, led to a 6-6 tiebreak.
The potential of Djokovic, who rarely loses in tiebreaks, was demonstrated this time as well. Djokovic, who took the lead with a 5-1 lead, took the third set and extended his Wimbledon winning streak to ’29’.
Jordan Thompson (2-6 2-6 6-4 7-6<7-4> 6-3) came from behind to beat Brandon Nakashima (21, USA, world No. 55) in the second round. 29, Australia, 70th in the world) to advance to the third round.
Alexander Rublev (25, Russia, world No. 7) also defeated Max Purcell (25, Australia, world No. 64) 3-0 (6-3 7-5 6-4) and passed the first round. In the second round, Rublev faces Aslan Karachev (29, Russia, world number 50).
Iga Sibiong Tech (22, Poland, world No. 1) in the first round of women’s singles defeated Zhu Lin (29, China, world No. 34) 2-0 (6-1 6-3).
Sibiong Tech, currently reigning as the strongest in women’s tennis안전놀이터, achieved two consecutive victories at the Roland Garros French Open this year. Having reached the top three times (2020, 2022, 2023) at the French Open and once (2022) at the US Open, he will challenge for his fifth Grand Slam title at Wimbledon.
Compared to her strong clay and hard courts, Sibiong Tech did not show the strongest performance on grass courts. In 2021, she was eliminated in the round of 16, and last year she was eliminated in the third round.
Sibiong Tech, who is aiming for Wimbledon as well as her first grass court competition, defeated Zhu Lin, a Chinese women’s tennis star, to advance to the second round.
In the second round, Sibiontech will face the winner of the first round of Martina Trevisan (29, Italy, world number 64) and Sara Soribes Tormo (26, Spain, world number 84).
World No. 4 Jessica Pegula (29, USA) also defeated Lauren Davis (29, USA, No. 46 in the world) 2-1 (6-2 6-7<8-10> 6-3) to win the second round. rose to
Fegula’s opponent in the second round is Cristina Buxia (25, Spain, 78th in the world).
Meanwhile, TV channels SPOTV and SPOTV ON, as well as sports OTT service SPOTV NOW, will broadcast live Wimbledon matches via satellite. It will also be broadcast live on SPOTV ASIA (Spotv Asia). Sporty Asia is a channel broadcasting to 13 countries in Southeast Asia, and broadcasts tennis grand slam tournaments such as Wimbledon and US Open, men’s professional tennis ATP tour, motorcycle racing competition MotoGP (GP), WTT (World Table Tennis) table tennis competition, and BWF ( World Badminton Federation) Badminton competition, International Sports Climbing (IFSC), Sports Climbing World Cup, etc. are provided.