Wimbledon 2022: Carlos Alcaraz, Andy Murray rally to victory

Carlos Alcaraz overcame slow start to rally to victory at Wimbledon on Monday

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Carlos Alcaraz overcame slow start to rally to victory at Wimbledon on Monday

Carlos Alcaraz and Andy Murray overcame slow starts to rally to victory in the first round of Wimbledon on Monday.

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

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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 (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.

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Two-time champion 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.

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Around two hours of play was lost on Monday due to rain – and 10 matches cancelled.

Another landmark for Novak Djokovic

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.

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

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But the 20-time Grand Slam winner 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.

Emma Raducanu shines on Centre Court

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.

“It’s an incredibly special feeling to be back at Wimbledon,” said the British No 1, who reached the fourth round last year.

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Also making it to the second round were World No 2 Ons Jabeur and World No 3 Annet Kontaveit.

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

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Kontaveit opened her campaign with a 7-5, 6-1 win against Bernarda Pera of the United States.

Australian Open finalist Danielle Collins was the day’s biggest casualty as the seventh-seeded American was knocked out by Marie Bouzkova of the Czech Republic.

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