Djokovic, Swiatek win during Wimbeldon day 1

Wednesday 05th July 2023 06:33 EDT

Despite a one-hour rain delay, the defending men's champion Novak Djokovic and the women's top seed Iga Swiatek both won their opening matches at Wimbledon. Djokovic defeated Pedro Cachin to extend his incredible streak at SW19, while Swiatek defeated Zhu Lin. Fourth seed Jessica Pegula, three-time Grand Slam finalist Casper Ruud, multiple Grand Slam winner Victoria Azarenka and Andrey Rublev were among the big names that advanced to the second round. Meanwhile, in battle of the wild cards, five-time Wimbledon winner Venus Williams lost to Elina Svitolina in straight sets. Novak Djokovic helped dry the grass on Wimbledon’s Centre Court with his towel before picking up where he defeated Argentina’s Pedro Cachin 6-3, 6-3, 7-6 (7/4) in his opening match on Monday. The Serbian second seed was broken in the third game when he double-faulted but hit back immediately to level at 2-2. Djokovic broke again in the eighth game before serving out the set as he pursued a record-tying ninth Wimbledon men's singles victory. The delay didn't phase Djokovic, who was aiming to surpass Margaret Court's record of 24 Grand Slam singles victories. He broke in the opening game of the second set to seize control of the match and repeated the feat to win the set. Cachin, ranked 68th dug deep in the third set, with neither player able to force a break in the early evening sunshine. Djokovic was immediately on top in the tie-break, surging into a 6-2 lead and he wrapped up the match when Cachin netted.

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