Novak Djokovic, the world number one and defending champion, overcame a rain delay and a spirited challenge from Pedro Cachin, the Argentine qualifier, to advance to the third round of Wimbledon 2023 with a 6-3, 6-4, 6-2 victory.
The match was interrupted by rain for more than an hour in the second set, with Djokovic leading 4-3 and facing a break point. The players had to leave the court and wait for the roof to be closed on Centre Court. When they resumed, Djokovic saved the break point and held his serve, then broke Cachin in the next game to take the set.
Cachin, ranked 152nd in the world, showed no signs of intimidation or fatigue in his first appearance at Wimbledon. He played aggressively and matched Djokovic’s baseline rallies with some powerful strokes. He also displayed some touch and finesse at the net, winning 11 of 15 points when he ventured forward.
However, Djokovic was too consistent and experienced for the 25-year-old Argentine. The Serbian star raised his level in the third set and broke Cachin twice to seal the win in one hour and 52 minutes. He finished with 31 winners and 14 unforced errors, while Cachin had 23 winners and 28 unforced errors.
Djokovic, who is chasing his seventh Wimbledon title and his 24th Grand Slam trophy, praised Cachin for his performance and said he was happy to overcome the rain delay.
“It was a tough match. He played very well, especially in the first two sets. He was hitting the ball very cleanly and serving well. He deserved a lot of credit for his performance,” Djokovic said in his post-match interview.
“The rain delay was not easy for either of us. We had to stay focused and warm up again. I think I played better after the break. I was more solid and made fewer mistakes. I’m glad I managed to close it out in three sets.”
Djokovic will face either David Goffin of Belgium or Lorenzo Musetti of Italy in the third round.
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