Djokovic Ups Wimbledon Streak To 22, Hurkacz Out, Alcaraz Wins; Nadal Tues.

by Sean Randall | June 27th, 2022, 6:12 pm

Novak Djokovic had a good but not great start to his 2022 Wimbledon campaign easing past Soonwoo Kwon 6-3, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 under the roof in the first round.

Djokovic wasn’t at his supreme best against the overmatched Kwon how broke Djokovic early in the second then had a break chance in the middle of the third to really make things interested.

The Serb fought off a break chance in the fourth then rolled on his serve, reeling off four straight love holds to win his 22nd set match on grass.

“I’ve said this before but this court is truly special,” said Djokovic on court. “For me it has always been the court I dreamed of playing and winning, and all my childhood dreams came true here so it’s an honor and pleasure to be back on Centre Court.”

The win is also Djokovic’s 80th at Wimbledon, making his the first man to win at least 80 matches at all four Grand Slam events.

Carlos Alcaraz had another harrowing 5-setter. The 19-year-old kept his run of going the distance in Majors coming from 2 sets to 1 down to defeat Jan-Lennard Struff 4-6, 7-5, 4-6, 7-6(3), 6-4 in 4 hours, 11 minutes.

“I enjoyed a lot,” Alcaraz said of the match. “Great battle over four hours. For me play on grass is so beautiful. I like to play on grass. I would say my level on grass has to improve a little bit. But I’m happy with my level today.”

Two-time champion Andy Murray overcame a sluggish start against James Duckworth then got into gear to win it 4-6, 6-3, 6-2, 6-4 and earn his 60th career Wimbledon win.

“I thought I did well to rebound after the first set. He likes playing on the grass. He’s come back from a hip surgery himself in January and was playing very well,” Murray said. “Once I started to find my returns a little bit more as the match went on, I felt a bit more comfortable. Did well to get through it.”

Murray will now meet the dangerous American John Isner who smacked 54 aces on Enzo Couacaud in a 5 set 6-7(6), 7-6(3), 4-6, 6-3, 7-5. Murray leads Isner 8-0 in their series.

Also advancing were British No. 1 Cameron Norrie and French Open finalist Casper Ruud who earned his families first Wimbledon win and Americans Tommy Paul and Frances Tiafoe.

The big upset was handed out by Alejandro Davidovich Fokina who won a rollercoaster with 2021 semifinalist Hubert Hurkacz 7-6(4), 6-4, 5-7, 2-6, 7-6(10-8).

Davidovich Fokina held three match points up two sets and serving 5-4, 40-0 in the third but after a failed tweener and a resurgence from the Pole, the match was level. After an 80 minute rain delay Hurkacz would take the third and the fourth, and then served for it at 5-4 in the fifth. But he too couldn’t finish.

In the first-ever deciding set 6-all breaker at Wimbledon, Hurkacz went ahead 7-4 but crumbled as the Spaniard won six of the last seven points for his first Wimbledon win and avoid a second straight 0-2 collapse at the club.

“It means a lot. I had a lot of matches that I played against Top 10 and I didn’t win,” said Davidovich Fokina. “Here on grass I could prove that I could beat anyone.”

Tomorrow, Rafael Nadal opens playing along with defending finalist Matteo Berrettini, Mallorca champion Stefanos Tsitsipas, Nick Kyrgios and Taylor Fritz.

1. Iga Swiatek v Jana Fett
2. Francisco Cerundolo v Rafael Nadal
3. Serena Williams v Harmony Tan

NO.1 COURT – 1:00PM
1. Matteo Berrettini v Cristian Garin
Not Before: 2:30pm
2. Tamara Korpatsch tied Heather Watson
3. Karolina Muchova v Simona Halep
4. Alexander Ritschard v Stefanos Tsitsipas

NO.2 COURT – 11:00AM
1. Steve Johnson v Grigor Dimitrov
2. Coco Gauff v Elena-Gabriela Ruse
3. Jasmine Paolini v Petra Kvitova
4. Jason Kubler v Daniel Evans

NO.3 COURT – 11:00AM
1. Maria Sakkari v Zoe Hives
2. Paul Jubb v Nick Kyrgios
3. Felix Auger-Aliassime v Maxime Cressy
4. Garbine Muguruza v Greet Minnen
Not Before: 5:00pm
5. Tereza Martincova v Karolina Pliskova

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12 Comments for Djokovic Ups Wimbledon Streak To 22, Hurkacz Out, Alcaraz Wins; Nadal Tues.

fred stone Says:

Hip, Hip, Hooray, the BoJO Cup is under way.
New rules aplenty to ‘modernize’ the game.
Coaching for all during matches.(might as well legalize it, always happens)
Allowing pre-tournament practicing on centre court (proactive injury prevention the goal or something else?)
No ranking points (reverting back to the good old days before pro tennis monetized everything)
No Ruskies (always a good thing)

I have no favorites, they are retired or nearly so.
Caught the Alcaraz comeback victory; thought Struff had him, but still a close and fast-paced game, easy to watch.
Murray fighting well the little I saw.
In the end, the Tour has effectively ‘canceled’ Wimby (no ranking points) so why should this ‘slam’ count in the grand slam count?
Will the Tour count it as a regular slam, with no points?? Can’t see that logic.


fred stone Says:

What irks me is the ATP Tour, which canceled ranking points for the BoJo Cup, er, Wimby, are excited about who and what is happening at this non-slam event per their web site.
Hypocrites on every corner.
IMO this is a fake slam, politically-tainted and meaningless.

zed Says:

Yes Fred, just like the Aus Open this year.

The result of the Aus should not be counted.

skeezer Says:

Yep, nor should any other Slam during the pandemic.

skeezer Says:

Fact is, regardless of “pointsies”, Wimby is a Slam. Arguably, THE biggest Slam. Wimpy also historically, made its own rules(eg; seedings), and is unique with its own traditions(eg; white wear only). So no surprise here about the stance they have taken. There has been plenty of top notch matches displayed on the tele, and the attendance at the matches remains high. Players will take a title here anytime over ATP points.

Hope your around when Novax wins this Slam, can hardly wait to see you post he won a “fake slam”. ;)

zed Says:

Skeezer, I’m just giving these weasels back what they give to me.

If they want to pretend that Novak winning this Wimbeldon is somehow illegitimate than I will reply that Rafa is not the legitimate Aus Open champion becayuse the defending champion and certain winner was thrown out of the country by slimy politicians even though Novak did everything according to their own rules.

PK Says:

The rule at the Australian Open was about being vaccinated. Djokovic refuses to get vaccinated and knew the consequences.

But sure, go ahead and blame the politicians. They certainly turned the whole process into a circus of clowns.

fred stone Says:

No problem banning players as long as the tennis is ‘entertaining’?
Is that a British tradition, just look the other way and all is fine?

Truth Says:

Atp can ban a player for pushing a ball that the lineswoman couldn’t care less about paying attention to..
I’m sick of brainwashing cults & greedy trash liar players and their sycophantic tennis organizer pals. If has a brain now, then his evil behavior would be forgiven.

Money grubber Novak & his family knew he lied. He’s a money investment slave for a competition Covid vaccine so he refuses to support another vaccine.
He’s a radical alternative medicine phoney that has no ability to be his own man.

He has to cash in on anything to please his greedy wife & lie that he’s scared of being harmed by a Covid vaccine. Of course he took drugs & had surgeries without crying about dying, didn’t he?

zed Says:

PK you do not know what you’re talking about.

Totally within the rules Novak was allowed to play.

Despite meeting all the rules the Aust govt still tried to deport him

Novak’s team legally challenged in the High Court and won. The presiding judge even said Novak had done everything within the rules and asked “what more could this man have done?”

After that Morrison (who knew he was badly polling for the coming election) assumed he would win more votes than he would lose if he ordered his immigration minister to use ministerial privelege to deport Novak despite Novak meeting all their rule requirements.

It didn’t save Morrison, he’s now bludging on his tax payer funded pension for life on some beach somewhere.

So there it is, I accept your apology because it’s obvious your Mum and Dad are first cousins.

Truth Says:

No one cares about Morrison.
Novak knew what these laws were. He just want everyone to bow down & tell him how moral he is. The mental illness isn’t the only problem. He crossed to criminal intent. Getting Covid deliberately to have his fake legacy.

Novak decided that he could manipulate and use his greedy Aus open organizer to fool people with the “champ can get med exemptions” propaganda, without knowing what happened. The bizarre silence 2 weeks before the Australian Open was a big clue about trouble maker Novak’s mental issues.
Novak knew last year that he needed to get out & breathe in Covid to fool the exemption board. He knew he could be picked for exemption due to the lack of rules. Intention and mental state were not even issues for the Australian clowns. If he truly was petrified & scarred for life by a vaccine, then why did he welcome a competition vaccine for millions of people, smile & refuse to accept the consequences of his admitted lies? He was lucky for not going to prison like his buddy Boris Becker.

No top player ignored the safety of vulnerable folks, like his pregnant friend who caught Covid because he organized a tennis exhibition full of liars & infected crowds.
No one else avoided a vaccine but had money Covid vaccine investment greed for another vaccine company. It’s about money. Not respect for the lives of kids & adults. His image in Serbia is more important than others’ lives. Nationalist and cult member for lies against disease researchers that prevented deaths, brain damage and worse diseases from progressing. I’m not afraid to call Novak out. I don’t care if he wins 30 Slams. I’m not a rabid bitter Novak fan that only cares about trophies.

zed Says:

LOL “Novak’s mental issues”.

Truth, you are the unhinged one. Your posts are rambling rants with no clear narrative.

I have asked you before about your sad life, are you prepared to share those details? Don’t you think it would help to expel those poisons from your person?

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