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By Chris Oddo | @TheFanChild | Monday June 27, 2022

 
Djokovic Wimbledon

Novak Djokovic dropped a set but kept his Wimbledon winning streak alive.

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Novak Djokovic’s bid for a seventh Wimbledon title is up and running.

The top-seeded Serb opened Centre Court with a 6-3, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 triumph over South Korea’s Soonwoo Kwon, stretching his Wimbledon win streak to 22 victories.


Djokovic is bidding to become the fourth player to claim four consecutive men’s singles titles at Wimbledon, which would allow him to join Bjorn Borg, Pete Sampras and Roger Federer.

The six-time Wimbledon champion was pushed by Kwon, who claimed the second set and had chances to move ahead in the third, but he held fast in sets three and four, tightening things up behind his serve as he confidently found the finish line.

The Serb finished with 31 winners against 29 unforced errors, and won 86 percent of his first-serve points.

80 at all Four Slams

35-year-old Djokovic cracked another milestone on Monday with his 80th Wimbledon win. The 20-time major champion has become the first player to claim 80 victories at all four Grand Slams.

He hinted toward bigger and better things as he spoke the the Centre Court crowd after the match.

“This sport has given me everything,” Djokovic said. “I owe a lot, I love it still with all my heart – I have lots of passion for it. I’m as dedicated as anybody out there, of course I’m not one of the youngsters anymore, and things change a little bit, but the love and the flame for this sport still burns in me.

“Of course at this stage of my career I try to always play my best tennis at the Grand Slams… what can I say, now that we got to 80, let’s get to 100!”

Djokovic will face either Thanassi Kokkinakis or Kamil Majchrzak in the second round.

 

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