Novak Djokovic declared “the love for this sport still burns in me” after securing his 80th victory at Wimbledon.
The serve helped but at this level one or two shots decide a winner. I'm glad I was on the winning side Novak Djokovic
The reigning champion defeated South Korean Kwon Soon-woo 6-3 3-6 6-3 6-4 on Centre Court as he goes for his 21st Grand Slam singles title.
The 35-year-old Serb, aiming to equal the seven All England titles lifted by American legend Pete Sampras, said: “This sport has given me everything, I owe a lot to the sport and I love it still with all my heart. I am as dedicated as anyone out there.
“I am not one of the youngsters anymore but the love for this sport still burns in me and I try to always play my best tennis at the Grand Slams and deliver my best tennis at the best courts. Now that we’re at 80, let’s get to 100.
“I’ve said this before, but this court is truly special, for me it has always been the court I dreamed of playing and winning and all my childhood dreams came true here so it’s an honour and pleasure to be back on Centre Court.
“Credit to Kwon for playing some really high-quality tennis. He deserves an applause. Starting the tournament, I didn’t have any lead-up or preparation tournaments prior to this so you’re always going to feel a bit less comfortable than you would like , particularly if you’re playing against someone as talented as Kwon who stays close to the line and hits really clean.
“It was difficult to go through him so I had to figure out a way to get in control, it wasn’t easy. I had to put some variety in the game. The serve helped but at this level one or two shots decide a winner. I’m glad I was on the winning side.”