The six-time champion, who was taking part in his first official match on grass since profitable final yr’s closing, discovered himself a break down in each the primary two units, dropping the second.
Kwon was proving a clumsy opponent together with his aggressive shot-making however Djokovic, as he has so many occasions prior to now, ultimately discovered a approach by way of the world quantity 81.
Novak Djokovic admitted he was ring rusty on his Wimbledon return, however he nonetheless set one other file by battling previous South Korean Kwon Quickly-woo in 4 units.
It was an eightieth match win on the Championships for Djokovic, making the 35-year-old the one participant in historical past to win 80 matches in any respect 4 grand slam occasions.
After sealing a 6-3 3-6 6-3 6-4 victory with an ace, Djokovic stated: “This courtroom is actually particular for me. It’s the courtroom I dreamed of taking part in and profitable on, and all my goals got here true on this courtroom.
“Credit score to Kwon for taking part in some actually high-quality tennis. Beginning the event I didn’t have any lead-up tournaments or matches so you might be at all times going to really feel much less snug than you wish to, particularly towards somebody as gifted as Kwon.
“It was actually troublesome to undergo him so I had to determine a approach tactically to get answerable for the factors.
“I confronted a break level within the third which, if he had received, the match may have gone a distinct approach.
“I owe rather a lot to this sport. I’m not one of many kids anymore however the love and the flame for this sport nonetheless burns for me.
“At this stage of my profession I attempt to save my greatest for the grand slams. Now we received to 80 wins, let’s get to 100.”
Alejandro Davidovich Fokina almost wrote himself into Wimbledon folklore when an tried trick shot virtually led to one of many largest collapses in tennis historical past.
The world quantity 37 from Spain was main Poland’s Hubert Hurkacz, a semi-finalist final yr, by two units and had three match factors, at 5-3 40-0, within the third.
However on the primary match level Davidovich Fokina tried a ‘tweener’ on the baseline, which he dumped into the online.
Fired-up Hurkacz promptly saved the following two match factors after which went on to stage the match at 2-2.
However Davidovich Fokina prevented a humiliating defeat when he received a fifth set tie-break for a 7-6 (4) 6-4 5-7 2-6 7-6 (8) victory.