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World No.4 Novak Djokovic overcame a stauch test from Frenchman Julien Benneteau before breaking through to win 6-7(8), 7-6(1), 6-2, 6-4 in the first day of the Wimbledon Championships.
After succumbing to a first set 18-point tie-break, Djokovic appeared to fell into a bigger hole as his opponent continued to impress – winning 81 percent of his service points and 14 of 16 net approaches through the duration of the first two sets. The Serbian served twice to stay in the second set, and then stepped up his game a notch to clinch the second set tie-break.
With a change of momentum, Djokovic earned the first break of the match with Benneteau making a number of errors and rolled out to a 5-0 lead in the third set.
The Frenchman showed more grit in the fourth set, getting back a break of serve and later denying the Serbian to serve out the match. He saved two match points in the next game but saw his own forehand run long on Djokovic’s third opportunity.
The Former No.3 Djokovic will now face German qualifier Simon Gruel, who beat Amercian Michael Yani 6-4, 6-2, 7-5.