After losing in Roland-Garros semi final, Carlos Alcaraz he said he wanted to shoot again Novak Djokovic. He said it would make winning Wimbledon even more special. Alcaraz got the chance to meet Djokovic. And he beat him.
Alcaraz put aside a poor start and went on to end Djokovic’s 34-match winning streak at the All England Club by beating him 1-6, 7-6 (6), 6-1, 3-6, 6-4 in the set. an impressive final, back and forth, taking her first Wimbledon title and second Grand Slam title.
No. 1 Alcaraz denied Djokovic an eighth title, and fifth in a row, at the grass court.
Djokovic was also kept short of his 24th career major.
Instead of Djokovic, the 36-year-old Serbian, becoming the oldest Wimbledon champion in the Open era, Alcaraz, the 20-year-old Spaniard, became the third youngest. The age gap between the two was the largest in the men’s Slam final since 1974.
So Alcaraz had youth on his side, which he did again, when they met at Roland-Garros last month. That was a surprise for two sets before Alcaraz came up short and faded. This time, he had the power and strokes to get past Djokovic.
Alcaraz is fast and capable of a lot of power – it runs 210km / h, in front of 160km / h – but Djokovic has more skill and more muscle memory. He’s been there, and he’s done it in a way Alcaraz, right now, can only dream of.
But if this win on a windy and overcast day on Center Court, where Djokovic last lost in 2013, was any indication, Alcaraz is well on his way to achieving a little more.
Djokovic is ranked fifth
However, this is all new to him: Djokovic’s record of 35 Grand Slam titles was second only to Alcaraz.
Yet it was Alcaraz who won a 32-point, 25-minute mini-masterpiece en route to a third set. And it was Alcaraz who got out in front for good and broke to go up 2-1 in the fifth with a backhand winner.
Djokovic, who fell at this point, but quickly got out, took action and waved his club against the tree, and stopped hitting. He damaged his equipment and was fouled by referee Fergus Murphy.
He played for another 24 minutes, bringing the total to four and a half hours, but Alcaraz didn’t change, he didn’t give up. And it was Alcaraz, not Djokovic, who received the trophy in the evening.
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