Rising Spanish Carlos Alcaraz was happy that he managed to come up big in key moments against Yasutaka Uchiyama.
Alcaraz, ranked at No. 75 in the world, edged out Japanese Uchiyama in five sets 6-3 6-7 (4) 6-2 3-6 6-3 to reach the Wimbledon second round.
Alcaraz, 18, is having his debut at The Championships.
“In the fifth set, I stayed calm. I am improving to stay calm in the tough moments and play at the same level. I played really well, and I am excited to play against [Daniil] Medvedev in the second round.”
Alcaraz claimed a tight win
Uchiyama claimed the first break of the fifth set in the fifth game to take a 3-2 lead.
After taking a 3-2 lead, Uchiyama’s game shut down as Alcaraz claimed back-to-back breaks to overturn the deficit and claim a win in five sets.
Alcaraz plays next against Daniil Medvedev, who beat Jan-Lennard Struff in his opener.
“When I saw the draw the week before in Mallorca, I was like, ‘Okay that’s not going to be an easy match,’” Medvedev said in an on-court interview.
“But that’s what tennis is about, rematches and revenges.”
Meanwhile, world No. 1 Novak Djokovic beat Kevin Anderson 6-3 6-3 6-3.
“Obviously I’m in a high level of confidence after winning [Roland Garros]. But I was nervous coming into this match because I was playing a very good player, experienced player, whom I faced in the final three years ago,” Djokovic said. “He’s a big server. He’s very dangerous opponent, especially in the early rounds.
“But I’ve done things on and off the court to make myself feel that I’m focused, yet at the same time calm and composed and clear with my game plan and what I want to do. Obviously did my homework, talked with my coach, worked well on the practice court.
“I think it’s a combination of all these factors that make you feel confident on the court and to execute the shots that you want.”