World number one Novak Djokovic set out his quest for the fifth Wimbledon title on Monday with a winning start. The Serbian had recently employed a new coaching team, and 2001 victor, Goran Ivanisevic helping steer the ship.
Djokovic, going after a fifth title at the All England Club, defeated 35-year-old Philipp Kohlschreiber of Germany 6-3, 7-5, 6-3.
However, he needed to recoup from early breaks in both of the initial two sets against a player who overcame him at Indian Wells earlier this year.
Djokovic, pursuing a sixteenth Grand Slam, will confront Denis Kudla of the United States for a spot in the third round.
Djokovic disclosed that he and Ivanisevic had been long-lasting companions.
“I have dependably admired Goran. When he won here in 2001, I believe I was a piece of that as he had trained in Germany at a similar base as me when I was 13-14,” said the World Number One.
Fourth seed Kevin Anderson, the runner-up to Djokovic in 2018, also moved into the next round defeating Pierre-Hugues Herbert of France 6-3, 6-4, 6-2.
Anderson will play Serbia’s Janko Tipsarevic who had just achieved his first victory at the competition in seven years when he crushed Japan’s Yoshihito Nishioka 6-4, 6-7 (2/7), 6-2, 5-7, 6-2.
Meanwhile, Yulia Putintseva registered a second successive triumph over Naomi Osaka to dump the second seed and two Grand Slam winner out of Wimbledon on the first day of the competition.
Osaka’s previous match before Wimbledon was a straight-sets defeat to the same opponent, Putintseva, at the Nature Valley Classic in Birmingham and again the Kazakh demonstrated showed steady performance.
Osaka, the present US, and Australian Open title holder led at the early stage of the match, but couldn’t keep up with that advantage and Putintseva ended the game with a 7-6 (4) 6-2 triumph as one of the greatest successes of her career.
Osaka presently can’t seem to move beyond the third round at Wimbledon although her two past visits saw defeats to 2018 hero Angelique Kerber and five-time champion Venus Williams.
In other matches, third seed Karolina Pliskova eased past China’s Zhu Lin 6-2, 7-6 (7/4).
Czech former world number one Pliskova has never moved beyond the fourth round at Wimbledon.
She will face Olympic champion Monica Puig in the next stage of the competition.
Slovakia’s Magdalena Rybarikova, who reached the semi-finals in 2017, caused the first surprise victory of the competition when she defeated tenth-seeded Aryna Sabalenka of Belarus 6-2, 6-4 in only 70 minutes.
The defeat became Abalenka’s second successive loss in the first round of the competition.
Former French Open winner Simona Halep overcame an injury to move to the next round with a 6-4, 7-5 triumph over Aliaksandra Sasnovich.
Halep ranked seven and a semi-finalist in 2014, needed her left lower leg tied after a fall on Court One.
She slipped at 2-5 down in the subsequent set before recouping to beat her Belarus rival who thumped out former Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova at the first stage in 2018.
In another shocker, 15-year-old Cori Gauff beat one of her tennis idols, Venus Williams, in straight on Monday first-round match at Wimbledon. She defeated the World Number forty-four player in straight sets, 6-4 6-4.
Gauff is the youngest player to have qualified for Wimbledon. Also, she is the youngest woman to win a Wimbledon match since 1991, according to reports.
Venus, 39, first played at the All England Club in twenty-two years ago. At that time, Cori Gauff was seven years from being conceived.