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Novak Djokovic ganó los primeros nueve juegos ante James Ward en su debut de Wimbledon 2016.

Djokovic Begins Historic Quest At Wimbledon

The World No. 1 will next play Adrian Mannarino

Three-time champion Novak Djokovic started the defence of his title at The Championships on Monday by beating British wild card James Ward 6-0, 7-6(3), 6-4 in two hours and three minutes for a place in the second round. He is now unbeaten in 29 matches at the four Grand Slam championships, tied for an Open Era record with Rod Laver.

MAJOR MATCH WINS STREAKS

Player
Match Wins Streak
Tournament Span
1) Don Budge (USA)
37
1937 Wimbledon-1938 US Championships
2) Rod Laver (AUS)
31
1962 Australian Championships-1968 Roland Garros
3=) Rod Laver (AUS)
29
1969 Australian Open-1970 Wimbledon Round of 16
3=) Novak Djokovic (USA)
29
2015 Australian Open-2016 Wimbledon first round

The World No. 1 is attempting to join Don Budge as the second player in tennis history to win five straight majors. Budge won six successive titles between 1937 Wimbledon and the 1938 US Championships.

"I honestly didn't expect myself to start that well," said Djokovic. "Nine games in a row, 6‑0, 3‑0. I thought it was just a matter of time when James would win his first game. I knew that the reaction of the crowd, and his own reaction, will be the way it was.

"As a home player, he enjoyed a lot of support today, especially when he won his first game. That's when the energy kind of shifted on his side. He felt huge relief obviously winning the first game. On the other hand, I maybe dropped the concentration a little bit. The second set was quite close. Credit to him for serving well.

"The first part of the match was almost flawless, so I'm very pleased with the way I started Wimbledon."

Djokovic won the first nine games of the match, losing just 13 points. Ward broke to 30 in the fifth game of a competitive second set, which saw Djokovic save three break points at 5-5. Ward was broken to 15 in the third game of the third set, but held on in a 16-point fifth game. Djokovic has now won 45 of his 48 matches this year.

World No. 177 Ward had played Top 10 opponents twice before in then No. 8-ranked Fernando Verdasco at 2009 Wimbledon and No. 8-ranked Milos Raonic at the 2015 Aegon Championships.

Djokovic, who has spent a total of 205 weeks at No. 1 in the Emirates ATP Rankings, will next face Adrian Mannarino, who hit 31 winners, including 12 aces, in a 6-2, 7-5, 6-4 victory over ATP Next Generation's Kyle Edmund in two hours and three minutes. Edmund is still seeking his first win at the grass-court major (0-4).

"I thought I just played quite inconsistently today, with the way I was constructing points," said Edmund. "I didn't put enough pressure on him. [I] served well in patches and in patches it went off. My level has gone up on the grass, but still lots more to improve on."

Elsewhere, Pierre-Hugues Herbert got the better of No. 21 seed Philipp Kohlschreiber 7-5, 6-3, 3-6, 6-3 in one hour and 56 minutes.

Sam Querrey, the No. 28 seed, fired 33 aces past Lukas Rosol in a 6-7(6), 6-7(5), 6-4, 6-2, 12-10 in three hours and 22 minutes. He is now 4-10 lifetime in fifth-set matches. "It's exciting," said Querrey. "It feels good. A couple of times I have come back from two sets down and I have got it to a fifth and lost. It's nice to get over that hurdle and get a win."

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