It was at Wimbledon last year that Djokovic equalled Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal’s men’s grand slam record of 20 titles with a victory over Matteo Berrettini, however, the Serbian has since fallen two behind the Spaniard. The No 1 seed at this year’s tournament due to the ban on Russian players, leaving Daniil Medvedev unable to compete, Djokovic opened his title defence with a four-set win over Soonwoo Kwon.
It was then the turn of Emma Raducanu to make her Centre Court debut after her remarkable run to the fourth round at last year’s tournament. The US Open champion shook off injury concerns pre-tournament but faced a tricky opening match against world No 46 Alison van Uytvanck, who reached the fourth round herself in 2018. However, the Brit triumphed 6-4, 6-4 to book a spot in the second round.
Closing out the action will be Murray, who faces James Duckworth. Murray made it to the third round last year but was emphatically defeated by Denis Shapovalov and admitted afterwards that he was questioning his future. The 35-year-old comes into the slam in encouraging form though after reaching the final of the Stuttgart Open, with that run including victories over Stefanos Tsitsipas and Nick Kyrgios. Elsewhere, Great Britain’s Jodie Burrage came to the aid of a ballboy who was taken ill during her first-round defeat to Lesia Tsurenko. The youngster looked unsteady on his feet early in the second set of her 6-2 6-3 loss before he was later treated by paramedics and left in a wheelchair.
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Emma Raducanu defeats Alison van Uytvanck to reach Wimbledon second round
Homecomings are rarely supposed to amount to more than a procession but, nine months after her dizzying US Open triumph, Emma Raducanu required all her skill and tenacity to survive the gauntlet of her Wimbledon return. Be it the weight of expectation, concerns over her fitness or simply the quality and guile of her dangerous opponent, Alison Van Uytvanch, it was a sense of jeopardy rather than celebration that underlined the 19-year-old’s debut on Centre Court.
A 6-4 6-4 scoreline couldn’t illustrate an exhausting 100 minutes on court that featured no shortage of drama as breaks were exchanged and momentum shifted as quickly as cheers could turn into gasps. Raducanu’s opening service game was a titanic saga in itself, but it was the Briton who drew first blood and, although she immediately surrendered that advantage, Raducanu rallied again to clinch a rollercoaster first set. The second was more assured, with Raducanu able to impose herself more on points and make use of her wicked forehand as she slowly ground down Van Uytvanck’s resistance. A double-fault surrendered the break at 4-4 and Raducanu closed out the match in style.
“It’s an incredibly special feeling,” Raducanu said. “I felt the support as soon as I walked out of those doors. I want to say thank you to everyone for supporting me, through the tough times as well. It’s all worth it to play here on Centre Court and come through with a win.”
Michael Jones27 June 2022 18:37
Post-match reaction from Emma Raducanu
“It’s an incredibly special feeling to be back at Wimbledon,” she said. “I felt the support the minute I walked out and walking around the grounds. I want to say thank you to everyone who has been here supporting, through the tough times as well, it’s all worth it to play on Centre Court and come through with a win.
“I know Alison [van Uytvanck] is a tricky opponent, she has had some great results on grass and I played her last summer and it’s really tricky to neutralise that hard serve, she hits the ball really hard.
“I’m extremely pleased to have come through that match and I’m looking forward to coming out and hopefully playing in front of you guys again.
“I’ve been feeling it [the support] since stepping onto the practice courts, I feel people behind me saying ‘Emma, you’ve got this!’ and it makes me think ‘yes, I’ve got this!’ It’s amazing to walk on these grounds and courts so I’m just so happy to stay another day.”
Michael Jones27 June 2022 18:35
Emma Raducanu beats Alison van Uytvanck to reach Wimbledon second round
A delighted Emma Raducanu wins on her debut on Centre Court. She’s into the second round at Wimbledon but faces another difficult customer in Caroline Garcia. How far can she go?
Michael Jones27 June 2022 18:31
Van Uytvanck 4-6, 4-6 Raducanu*
There it is! Emma Raducanu wins on her Centre Court debut!
She moves 40-0 up in the final game of the match before firing a drop shot over to the left side of the court. Van Uytvanck races up to the ball and flicks it back but the teenage meets it on the volley and whacks it into the open space!
Raducanu is through to the second round.
Michael Jones27 June 2022 18:18
Van Uytvanck* 4-6, 4-5 Raducanu
It’s a mistake from Alison van Uytvanck who goes too long on her serve and double faults to give Emma Raducanu the game!
The US Open champ now has the opportunity to serve for the match.
Michael Jones27 June 2022 18:13
Van Uytvanck* 4-6, 4-4 Raducanu
We’re at the time in the set that every point Raducanu gets is met with loud cheers and silence when Van Uytvanck takes the point.
Raducanu latches onto a backhand return from Van Uytvanck’s second serve and draws the game level at 30-30.
The Belgian then smokes one into the net and Raducanu finds herself with a break point!
Michael Jones27 June 2022 18:12
Van Uytvanck 4-6, 4-4 Raducanu*
Game Raducanu! All square once more.
Michael Jones27 June 2022 18:09
Van Uytvanck 4-6, 4-3 Raducanu*
This is an important game for Raducanu. Van Uytvanck has her at 30-30 and the pressure is on.
Great rally. Van Uytvanck slices the ball over the net and the 19-year-old counters with a backhand slice of her own. The Belgian gets the ball back but Raducanu follows it up with a powerful two-handed backhand that Van Uytvanck dinks into the net.
Michael Jones27 June 2022 18:08
Van Uytvanck* 4-6, 4-3 Raducanu
This set could come down to the wire. Alison van Uytvanck keeps herself in front with a nice hold after being 15-15. She wins the game by whipping a forehand on the angle across court.
It’s evident that she enjoys that shot. She’s played it a few times today and it’s worked for her most of the time.
Michael Jones27 June 2022 18:05
Van Uytvanck 4-6, 3-3 Raducanu*
Raducanu follows up her break with a confident service game to love. The 19-year-old is back on level terms in the set at three games apiece.
Michael Jones27 June 2022 18:00