Wimbledon Centre Court results: Andy Murray, Emma Raducanu and Novak Djokovic get off to winning starts

Novak Djokovic, Emma Raducanu and Andy Murray all began their Wimbledon campaigns with victories on Centre Court on day one of The Championships.

Defending champion Djokovic opened proceedings by defeating South Korean Soon-woo Kwon in four sets as the top seed began his quest for a fourth consecutive triumph at the grass-court Grand Slam.

British No.1 Raducanu then entertained the British crowd with a 6-4 6-4 win over Belgium’s Alison Van Uytvanck in her first ever appearance on Centre Court ,before Murray came from a set down to beat Australian James Duckworth.

The 35-year-old rolled back the years on Centre Court, and despite dropping the first set, he booked his spot in the second round in convincing fashion to give the home crowd plenty to cheer about.

The Sporting News was on hand to bring you live updates of all today’s matches on Centre Court – check out how the action unfolded below.

Andy Murray vs. James Duckworth result

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*Andy Murray 4-6 6-3 6-2 6-4 James Duckworth – MURRAY WINS FOURTH SET AND THE MATCH

The crowd cheer as Duckworth hits his backhand into the net for the opener. The Australian responds with a nice volley to go 15-15. Murray hammers a forehand at Duckworth’s feet which he can’t return to move to within two points of victory. He gets set point as Duckworth can’t return a powerful serve. Murray then wins it with another big serve, Duckworth challenges, but it’s on the line. Murray lets out a huge roar and throws his sweatbands to the crowd. He’s into the second round and he’s absolutely delighted about it.

Andy Murray 4-6 6-3 6-2 5-4 *James Duckworth

Murray is patient to earn himself two break points. Duckworth saves one but can’t the other and Murray has the crucial break! He’ll serve for the match.

*Andy Murray 4-6 6-3 6-2 4-4 James Duckworth

More aces and more games for Murray. A hold of service to love.

Andy Murray 4-6 6-3 6-2 3-4 *James Duckworth

Duckworth’s 45th winner of the match is as sweet as they come. Murray’s annoyed he didn’t get near it but there’s not much he can do about that in all honesty. Murray then does well to get to a drop shot but can’t guide his effort in and duly takes a seat on his chair.

*Andy Murray 4-6 6-3 6-2 3-3 James Duckworth

Murray is breathing heavily in between points but still delivering some big serves. An ace down the middle ensures a hold.

Andy Murray 4-6 6-3 6-2 2-3 *James Duckworth

Duckworth hits a brutal ace to go 30-0 up and then a neat volley at the net follows. Murray copies that approach at the net to get things back to 30-40 before Duckworth sees him off with another ace.

*Andy Murray 4-6 6-3 6-2 2-2 James Duckworth

Straight forward serving from Murray. He knows he’s in the driving seat right now and just needs to keep grinding out the points.

Andy Murray 4-6 6-3 6-2 1-2 *James Duckworth

Murray’s annoyed at himself for trying to second guess Duckworth’s sly drop shot but he makes amends with a return-winner off the serve. The Australian digs deep to hold.

*Andy Murray 4-6 6-3 6-2 1-1 James Duckworth

A lovely bit of serve and volley from Murray puts him in control in this game as he sees it off with an ace.

Andy Murray 4-6 6-3 6-2 0-1 *James Duckworth

Duckworth’s got his cap on back to front now… maybe it’s not just his tennis game he wants to see change in right now. He races away to 40-15 and comfortably holds.

8.45pm: They’ll now be a 10-minute break while the roof is closed to turn the lights on…

*Andy Murray 4-6 6-3 6-2 James Duckworth – MURRAY WINS THIRD SET

Murray gives it everything in the second point to end a long rally with a powerful forehand. Unforced errors from Duckworth give Murray set point. Murray takes it at the first opportunity with a forehand catching out his opponent on the back foot.

Andy Murray 4-6 6-3 5-2 *James Duckworth

Duckworth hits a lovely forehand out of Murray’s reach en route to holding serve. Murray now needs to hold his own to take the third set.

*Andy Murray 4-6 6-3 5-1 James Duckworth

Murray curses himself as an easy forehand goes high and long at 15-30. The Scot does brilliantly to get to the net from the base line and steer home a forehand winner to go 40-30 up. Duckworth gets back to deuce but that hard work is undone by a Murray ace. A few deuces follow but Murray gets the hold eventually.

Andy Murray 4-6 6-3 4-1 *James Duckworth

Murray rolls back the years with the opener here, all over the court and finishes with an overhead volley. Duckworth hits the net to allow Murray back in at 30-30 and his aggressive style pays off as he breaks again.

*Andy Murray 4-6 6-3 3-1 James Duckworth

Cheeky from Murray… he plays an underarm serve. Duckworth gets to it but he’s out of position for the next shot and Murray gets to 30-0. Duckworth does well to get back to deuce after slipping mid-shot. The Aussie shakes his head as Murray gets the hold.

Andy Murray 4-6 6-3 2-1 *James Duckworth

Murray gets some air time to avoid a lob and win the second point to go 15-15. Murray plays a delicious drop shot to the left side to get break point and Duckworth then hits the net at the next point. He’s got an important break and now needs to build on that momentum.

*Andy Murray 4-6 6-3 1-1 James Duckworth

“Come on!” Murray shouts to himself after going 30-15 up. He follows that with back-to-back aces. The pep talk worked.

Andy Murray 4-6 6-3 0-1 *James Duckworth

Duckworth’s forehand down the line is just out as Murray goes 0-30 up. The Australian double faults to give Murray break point but  the 35-year-old can’t take advantage of it. Duckworth holds.

*Andy Murray 4-6 6-3 James Duckworth – MURRAY WINS SECOND SET

Murray lets Duckworth make the mistakes to go 30-0 up. Duckworth can only find the net on set point and Murray is level. 

Andy Murray 4-6 5-3 *James Duckworth

Duckworth pulls off an exquisite lob shot to go 40-15 up and then has the perfect amount of back spin on a drop shot to hold. Murray to serve for the second set.

*Andy Murray 4-6 5-2 James Duckworth

A collective groan from the crowd as Murray hits the net to start things off. Murray soon takes control with two aces and a Duckworth error to hold.

Andy Murray 4-6 4-2 *James Duckworth

Murray hits a lovely backhand down the line to claw himself back to 30-40 and then hits another, this time across the court, to get to deuce. The fans enjoyed those. They equally enjoy Duckworth hitting one up to the skies to present Murray with break point. Duckworth sends it wide and Murray has the break!

*Andy Murray 4-6 3-2 James Duckworth

Nobody is in the mood for rallies at the moment it seems. Each of their service game is near faultless. A forehand winner to the left sees out the game for Murray.

Andy Murray 4-6 2-2 *James Duckworth

Duckworth makes the most of his too. He holds to love.

*Andy Murray 4-6 2-1 James Duckworth

Murray is making the most of his serves as he gets to 40-0 and then Duckworth’s forehand goes beyond the base line.

Andy Murray 4-6 1-1 *James Duckworth

Murray wins an epic long rally to go 15-30 up. Duckworth rattles off an ace to move to 40-30. At deuce, Murray looks to the grass as he sends a shot into the crowd before Duckworth wastes a drop shot into the net. Murray gets himself break point as Duckworth gets it all wrong with an overhead attempt but ensures he doesn’t do the same again at the next point to save himself. Duckworth holds after giving Murray the runaround in the decisive point.

*Andy Murray 4-6 1-0 James Duckworth

Murray will hope all his service games are like that as Duckworth barely hits a ball. Love-hold.

Andy Murray 4-6 *James Duckworth – DUCKWORTH WINS FIRST SET

Murray’s showing some early fighting spirit at 30-30 but struggles to return a wide serve and Duckworth has set point. Wow. A stunning forehand right to the back left corner leaves Murray no chance. 

*Andy Murray 4-5 James Duckworth

A powerful serve flys of Duckworth’s racket into the stands as the two-time Wimbledon champion goes 30-15 up. One of the longer rallies so far then goes Duckworth’s way to give break point. Duckworth hits a neat return down the middle to break and he’ll now serve for the opening set.

Andy Murray 4-4 *James Duckworth

Duckworth slips mid-rally but still gets the ball over the net where Murray is there waiting as the Scot leads 15-30. Duckworth regains his composure to hold though and there’s little to separate the pair so far.

*Andy Murray 4-3 James Duckworth

Duckworth is unsuccessful in a challenge as Murray goes 30-0 up. Duckworth can’t return an easy backhand at 30-15 but Murray then gets his angles wrong as the ball hits the rim of his racket. He gets the hold of serve and they’ll be new balls for Duckworth’s serve next.

Andy Murray 3-3 *James Duckworth

A lovely return off the serve gets Murray to 15-15 before Duckworth responds with an ace and takes control of the next point as Murray hits one into the net.

*Andy Murray 3-2 James Duckworth

Murray’s finding his groove as an ace gets him to 40-0. Duckworth’s backhand down the line goes wide and Murray leads.

Andy Murray 2-2 *James Duckworth

An ace from Duckworth followed by some unforced errors presents Murray with a chance to break back. Duckworth saves one but not the other as the Scot skips towards the net with an early fist clench.

*Andy Murray 1-2 James Duckworth

Duckworth’s showing the power he possesses right from the start, from fierce serves and now some pinpoint forehands, as he gets to 0-40. Murray then hits a forehand into the net and it’s an early break for the Australian.

Andy Murray 1-1 *James Duckworth

Murray takes advantage of Duckworth’s shot trickling over the net with a nice drop shot that takes it to 30-30. At deuce, Murray hits a poor forehand wide and a sweet drop shot from Duckworth has Murray agonisingly try and reach it but his shot isn’t steered correctly.

*Andy Murray 1-0 James Duckworth

Both players are wearing all white (obviously), a cap and two sweat bands each which is not ideal for a live blog at times. However, it’s easy to spot which one the crowd favours with plenty of Murray fans in the building. Murray is up and running, Duckworth’s failed backhand drop shot going into the net to hand the Scot the opening game.

6.35pm: The final match on Centre Court is about to get underway as two-time Wimbledon champion Andy Murray takes on Australian James Duckworth. Can Murray follow in Raducanu’s footsteps and get a second British win of the day on Centre Court? We’re about to find out…

Emma Raducanu vs. Alison Van Uytvanck result

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*Emma Raducanu 6-4 6-4 Alison van Uytvanck – RADUCANU WINS SECOND SET AND THE MATCH

Raducanu goes 30-up up before Van Uytvanck hands her three match points by firing one into the net. Neat work at the net sees her volley to win the match. The crowd rise to their feet and Raducanu is all smiles as she jumps around on court. That’s her first ever victory on Centre Court and she’s into the second round.

Emma Raducanu 6-4 5-4 *Alison van Uytvanck

“Come on Emma” are the chants from the crowd as she gets break point. The home crowd can sense she’s getting closer to victory and it can’t help her opponent. She double faults at the worst moment and Raducanu will now serve for the match.

*Emma Raducanu 6-4 4-4 Alison van Uytvanck

Raducanu lets out a scream as she pulls off a rare ace at 15-30 and then uses her power to force Van Uytvanck into making a mistake in the following point before getting the hold.

Emma Raducanu 6-4 3-4 *Alison van Uytvanck

A few frustrations beginning to show from Raducanu as she kn0ws she should do better with several points on the forehand that don’t go her way. Van Uytvanck finishes the game with a neat winner of her own.

*Emma Raducanu 6-4 3-3 Alison van Uytvanck

The double backhand is working a treat for the Brit, the consistency in finding corners helps her get to 40-0 before Van Uytvanck’s unforced error.

Emma Raducanu 6-4 2-3 *Alison van Uytvanck

Van Uytvanck has Raducanu doing all the running but she finds herself 0-30 down. Van Uytvanck gets an overhead volley all wrong and all the hard work from the previous game is undone. Raducanu breaks back immediately.

*Emma Raducanu 6-4 1-3 Alison van Uytvanck

Van Uytvanck is patient with her shots once again, forcing Raducanu into the mistakes and she goes 0-30 up. Raducanu’s resilience gets her level before the Belgian’s fearless volley gives her break point. A rally of real quality ends with a forehand winner from Van Uytvanck and she gets the break.

Emma Raducanu 6-4 1-2 *Alison van Uytvanck

Raducanu does well to return a couple of serves but Van Uytvanck ensures the second shot is in the opposite corner and the Brit can’t reach them.

*Emma Raducanu 6-4 1-1 Alison van Uytvanck

Raducanu goes 30-0 up without breaking a sweat before Van Uytvanck sends a forehand beyond the base line. Raducanu takes the game with a delightful forehand winner across court. The crowd loved that shot.

Emma Raducanu 6-4 0-1 *Alison van Uytvanck

Van Uytvanck double faults to go 0-30 down. Raducanu then follow up with a stunning shot down the line to get herself three break points. The Belgian keeps her composure to fight back to deuce, allowing Raducanu to make the mistakes. Van Uytvanck saves another break point with a neat volley at the net. The Belgian eventually holds… but that opening game took a lot out of both of them and we’ve just passed the hour mark since play began.

*Emma Raducanu 6-4 Alison van Uytvanck – RADUCANU WINS FIRST SET

Groans from an expectant British crowd as Raducanu drops the first point. An out-swinging ace puts Raducanu back in control at 15-15. Raducanu goes on to save two break points to pull it back to deuce. Van Uytvanck’s backhand goes wide to deliver set point but Raducanu doesn’t take advantage of it, hitting into the net. At the second time of asking, she gets it though and lets out a huge roar to the crowd.

Emma Raducanu 5-4 *Alison van Uytvanck

Raducanu shows her agility to get to the net to punish the Belgian’s drop shot. Suddenly, the Brit has three break points of her own. A wayward forehand from Van Uytvanck gives Raducanu the break and the chance to serve for the opening set.

*Emma Raducanu 4-4 Alison van Uytvanck

Raducanu is forced to play from the base line as her opponent comes to the net and the Brit goes 0-30 down. A misjudgement of the ball on an easy forehand gifts Van Uytvacnk three break points. It’s level at 4-4 as Raducanu’s backhand goes wide.

Emma Raducanu 4-3 *Alison van Uytvanck

Raducanu gets a huge round of applause for holding firm in a long opening rally to get the first point. A stunning backhand return off the serve across court gives Raducanu two break points and she takes it.

*Emma Raducanu 3-3 Alison van Uytvanck

The Brit is putting in plenty of aggression to her serves too, this time an ace sealing the sixth game.

Emma Raducanu 2-3 *Alison van Uytvanck

Raducanu is showing a bit too much aggression in some of her forehands that are going beyond the base line at present as another sees her go 15-30 behind. Van Uytvanck delivers a powerful serve that Raducanu can’t return and the Belgian holds.

*Emma Raducanu 2-2 Alison van Uytvanck

Raducanu goes 30-15 up with a wide serve that Van Uytvanck is unsuccessful in challenging. Van Uytvanck gets back to 30-40 with a neat volley at the net but sends a follow-up forehand into the net as Raducanu holds.

Emma Raducanu 1-2 *Alison van Uytvanck

Van Uytvanck races into a 40-0 lead with Raducanu struggling to match her power and the Belgian rounds off with an ace.

*Emma Raducanu 1-1 Alison van Uytvanck

Raducanu double faults to allow her opponent back into the game at 30-30. Van Uytvanck hits a neat forehand winner to the edge of the tram line to go to deuce and an unforced error from Raducanu gifts her break point. A few more deuce exchanges follow and she saves break point but the 19-year-old is up and running and that should settle a few nerves.

Emma Raducanu 0-1 *Alison van Uytvanck

A lengthy opening game sees break point come and go for Raducanu with some long rally exchanges throughou as the Belgian eventually holds.

4.25pm: The second match of the afternoon sees British No.1 Emma Raducanu take on Alison Van Uytvanck. Both players are taking to the court. This will be Raducanu’s first appearance on Centre Court. Oh… and the roof is off!

Novak Djokovic vs. Soon-woo Kwon result

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*Novak Djokovic 6-3 3-6 6-3 6-4 Soon-woo Kwon – DJOKOVIC WINS FOURTH SET AND THE MATCH

A 14th match ace starts the ball rolling for Djokovic.Two quick points hand the Serb three match points and he finishes up with a final ace down the middle to advance to the second round. That’s now a 17-0 record of first round matches at Wimbledon.

Novak Djokovic 6-3 3-6 6-3 5-4 *Soon-woo Kwon

Djokovic can’t believe he’s missed a forehand into space to go 0-30 down.The South Korean has Djokovic on string going after a drop shot, which he makes, before he punishes him by sending a return into empty space. Djokovic then hits one beyond the base line and he’ll now serve for the match.

*Novak Djokovic 6-3 3-6 6-3 5-3 Soon-woo Kwon

Full steam ahead for the Serb as an ace down the middle sends him 40-0 up and Kwon’s return on the next point can only find the net. One game away.

Novak Djokovic 6-3 3-6 6-3 4-3 *Soon-woo Kwon

It’s been a while but Kwon has a smile back on his face as a neat drop shot pays off to go 40-15 up. Djokovic fails to return his next serve and it’s another game on the board for Kwon.

*Novak Djokovic 6-3 3-6 6-3 4-2 Soon-woo Kwon

Djokovic is just starting to turn it up a notch now and is in a hurry to wrap this one up. At 40-0 he delivers a perfect overhead smash to move within two games of the second round.

Novak Djokovic 6-3 3-6 6-3 3-2 *Soon-woo Kwon

Not quite the same level of ease for Kwon as he falls 0-40 behind. Djokovic apologies as his effort mid-rally hits the top of the net but he won’t mind too much as he gets an important break in the fourth set.

*Novak Djokovic 6-3 3-6 6-3 2-2 Soon-woo Kwon

Djokovic gave Kwon absolutely nothing there. A perfect love-hold.

Novak Djokovic 6-3 3-6 6-3 1-2 *Soon-woo Kwon

Djokovic has no answer to Kwon’s drop shot once again as he falls 0-40 behind. Another ace from Kwon hold the serve.

*Novak Djokovic 6-3 3-6 6-3 1-1 Soon-woo Kwon

Turns out Kwon can also make things difficult for his opponent. A tidy forehand winner leaves Djokovic no chance and he’s got two break points. Djokovic saves both and then serves an ace to deny Kwon a third break point. A stunning lob over Kwon at the net sees Djokovic raise his fist in the air as Kwon’s drop shot on the next point doesn’t clear the net and the Serb holds.

Novak Djokovic 6-3 3-6 6-3 0-1 *Soon-woo Kwon

Djokovic is making things difficult for Kwon right now but the South Korean’s over hit forehand presents the favourite with an early break point. Kwon remains patient and focused though with a winner at the net to hold.

*Novak Djokovic 6-3 3-6 6-3 Soon-woo Kwon – DJOKOVIC WINS THIRD SET

That break of serve has lit the fire in Djokovic’s belly as he goes 30-0 up with one point coming from an ace. Three set points arrive and the top seed takes it at the second opportunity with an ace to win the third set.

Novak Djokovic 6-3 3-6 5-3 *Soon-woo Kwon

The new balls are out and it has Djokovic flinging himself to his left to try and return Kwon’s shot but he can’t connect with the ball in the opening point. Errors from Kwon gives Djokovic two break points and the Serb duly obliges.

*Novak Djokovic 6-3 3-6 4-3 Soon-woo Kwon

Kwon gives himself a talking to after a rush of blood to the head sees him try an ambitious forehand winner that goes well wide when he didn’t need to. Djokovic holds.

Novak Djokovic 6-3 3-6 3-3 *Soon-woo Kwon

Kwon races to a 40-0 lead before gifting Djokovic a point after failing to react to a volley fired directly at him. Djokovic hits a forehand beyond the base line at the next point.

*Novak Djokovic 6-3 3-6 3-2 Soon-woo Kwon

Kwon is still trying to catch Djokovic out with his drop shots, that have worked to good effect so far, but this one hits the net despite the Serb scrambling to his feet. Kwon has him where he wants him again to win a crucial point at 30-40. Djokovic then can’t believe he’s missed a forehand volley at the net to gift Kwon break point. Djkovic pulls off a few big serves and keeps his cool to hold though.

Novak Djokovic 6-3 3-6 2-2 *Soon-woo Kwon

A rally of backhand slices goes Kwon’s way to go 30-15 up. A brilliant volley at the net from the South Korean follows before another forehand winner sees his coaching team rise to their feet. They loved that entire service game.

*Novak Djokovic 6-3 3-6 2-1 Soon-woo Kwon

A magical shot from Djokovic at the net from a tight angle leaves Kwon no chance at 15-15. A ruthless serve and volley sees Djokovic hold.

Novak Djokovic 6-3 3-6 1-1 *Soon-woo Kwon

This time a drop shot doesn’t come off for Kwon and he’s 0-30 down. Djokovic challenges a shot that’s called out, more out of frustration than anything after a long rally, but his effort was well wide of the line. Kwon is back in control as the Serb hits another easy forehand into the net and then gifts another point with a poor overhead smash.

*Novak Djokovic 6-3 3-6 1-0 Soon-woo Kwon

Even Djokovic looks a little shocked that Kwon’s taken a set off him. He puffs out his cheeks as Kwon’s over hit forehand puts him 40-15 up. Kwon hits another unforced error and Djokovic is on the board in the third set.

Novak Djokovic 6-3 3-6 *Soon-woo Kwon – KWON WINS SECOND SET

After Djokovic takes the opening point in a crucial service game for Kwon there’s a brief stoppage due to an incident in the crowd again. Djokovic shakes his head after hitting his shot into the net at 0-30. Kwon then opens his body up to smash a forehand into the corner to level it up at 30-30 and another drop shot gives him set point. A massive serve forces Djokovic to return long and Kwon has the set! He fully deserves it.

*Novak Djokovic 6-3 3-5 Soon-woo Kwon

Not often does Djokovic find himself serving to avoid dropping a set in the first round at Wimbledon but he is now. He races to a 40-0 lead though and smashes a forehand cross-court winner to put the pressure back on Kwon to take a set off him.

Novak Djokovic 6-3 2-5 *Soon-woo Kwon

Djokovic is left doing the splits as Kwon gives him the eyes and fires a forehand winner to go 30-0 up. Kwon gets a huge round of applause for a sliced backhand drop shot winner, his fourth of the game.

*Novak Djokovic 6-3 2-4 Soon-woo Kwon

Kwon is growing in confidence and it’s frustrating. An acrobatic effort only just fails to go over the net for Kwon at 15-30. Djokovic then shows his ruthlessness with a forehand beyond Kwon’s reach to go 40-30 up and then holds.

Novak Djokovic 6-3 1-4 *Soon-woo Kwon

Kwon’s second double fault of the match puts him 0-30 down. Djokovic soon has three break points of his own. Kwon saves all three with some energetic points and an overhit forehand from Djokovic gives Kwon advantage. An ace from Kwon at the perfect moment sees him fight back to hold an important serve.

*Novak Djokovic 6-3 1-3 Soon-woo Kwon

Brilliant decision-making by Kwon sees him earn three break points. Djokovic then hits an easy shot into the net and Kwon is the first to break in a set once again.

Novak Djokovic 6-3 1-2 *Soon-woo Kwon

A few frustrations from Djokovic who hits a forehand long and then some brilliant reactions at the net from Kwon keeps him in the rally before Djokovic smashes one into the air and the South Korean holds.

*Novak Djokovic 6-3 1-1 Soon-woo Kwon

Play was briefly paused due to a medical emergency in the crowd but after several minutes players are back off their chairs. It’s nice and easy for Djokovic as Kwon makes several unforced errors.

Novak Djokovic 6-3 0-1 *Soon-woo Kwon

A delightful drop shot has Djokovic chasing shadows as Kwon goes 40-0 up at the start of the second set. He then tries the same shot again but Djokovic makes this one and pulls off a cheeky cross-court shot at the net of his own. A wild backhand from Djokovic gives Kwon the first game.

*Novak Djokovic 6-3 Soon-woo Kwon – DJOKOVIC WINS FIRST SET

Djokovic’s own powerful serve is causing Kwon problems now as he moves to 40-15. Kwon’s forehand then goes down the middle but beyond the base line and Djokovic has the first set under his belt in 33 minutes.

Novak Djokovic 5-3 *Soon-woo Kwon

Djokovic is now returning more serves than Kwon would like. A reckless forehand beyond the baseline gifts Djokovic another break point before another unforced error puts him one game from the first set.

*Novak Djokovic 4-3 Soon-woo Kwon

Djokovic is just starting to find a bit of rhythm now and has Kwon doing all the running. A powerful backhand into the corner causes Kwon problems to go 40-0 up and he wraps up his service to love game with an easy shot at the net.

Novak Djokovic 3-3 *Soon-woo Kwon

Kwon misses an easy forehand winner at 0-15 and again should do better the next shot after Djokovic came to the net. Djokovic gets his first break point after Kwon fires into the net and another unforced error sees the Serb level.

*Novak Djokovic 2-3 Soon-woo Kwon

The world No.3 is looking a little rusty at present, he’s not played a competitive match since his quarter-final defeat to Rafael Nadal at Roland Garros on May 31, but he gets the job done with an ace to take the fifth 40-30.

Novak Djokovic 1-3 *Soon-woo Kwon

Kwon rattles off another ace at the start of the fourth game before hitting the first drop shot of the match to go 30-0 up and then hits another ace. It’s clear his serve is going to be big for him today. Djokovic’s forehand goes beyond the baseline and it’s a 3-1 lead for the Kwon.

*Novak Djokovic 1-2 Soon-woo Kwon

Wow. A ruthless forehand has Djokovic 40-15 down trying to avoid an early break. He then hits another ferocious forehand that leaves his opponent rooted and he has the break. That was not in the script for today!

Novak Djokovic 1-1 *Soon-woo Kwon

Kwon fires an ace of his own to start his service game. Some further patient play from the South Korean puts him 40-30 up as Djokovic’s backhand goes long. At deuce, Djokovic fails to return an aggressive serve and doesn’t even attempt to reach the follow up. That’ll give the underdog some early confidence.

*Novak Djokovic 1-0 Soon-woo Kwon

The first point goes to Kwon as Djokovic fires into the net but two strong serves from the Serb put him back in control. Kwon gets back to deuce after his opponent hits a forehand long but back to back aces gives Djokovic the first game.

1:35pm: Big cheers as the defending champion takes to the court through the new middle entrance under the Royal Box. The first Centre Court match of the 2022 Wimbledon Championships is about to begin!

1.30pm: We’ve already had play suspended on the outside courts due to rain but luckily Centre Court has a roof and so they’ll be no delay for Djokovic and Kwon who will be taking to the court any minute now. The sun is now starting to come out and a decision on the roof being open will be made after the first set.

1.10 pm: Hello, and welcome to today’s live coverage from Centre Court where The Sporting News is in place to bring you all the latest news from the opening matches. Up first is none other than defending champion and 20-time Grand Slam winner Djokovic. He is the favourite with the bookies for a reason and South Korean star Soon-woo Kwon is set to be in for a busy afternoon on the court.

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