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Novak Djokovic beats Roger Federer in Wimbledon men's final



TENNIS WIMBLEDON 2014 – It wasn’t Novak Djokovic’s first hurrah, his victory Sunday in the Wimbledon men’s final, but it might have been Roger Federer’s last. By Art Spander for Newsday


A month from his 33rd birthday, Federer was out to get his eighth All-England title. Djokovic had that in mind and also hoped to rid himself of the doubts about his play in championship matches.

So Djokovic’s 6-7 (7), 6-4, 7-6 (4), 5-7, 6-4 victory, his second at Wimbledon, “has a special importance to me mentally. I managed to not just win against my opponent but win against myself as well and find that inner strength that got me the trophy today.”

That’s a rare comment from athletes at the top — and Djokovic has regained the lead in the ATP rankings — but in five of his previous six Grand Slam finals, including the French Open last month and the U.S. Open and Wimbledon last year, he lost.

But in this one — which fell four minutes short of four hours — after wobbling and blowing the fourth set after taking a 5-2 lead, the 27-year-old from Serbia steadied. He now has seven Slams, not bad but a distance from Federer’s 17.

“I was just overwhelmed by the emotions,” said Djokovic, who duplicated his reaction after the 2011 victory by picking some blades of grass and chewing on them.

Federer served well — he had 29 aces to Djokovic’s 13 — but had trouble breaking Djokovic’s serve.

“I just couldn’t figure out why I wasn’t breaking his serve or actually creating opportunities,” Federer said. “That can happen if the other guy plays well in the big moments.”

The usual packed crowd of about 15,000 at Centre Court, the majority cheering for Federer because of his longtime success, included the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (William and Kate) and David Beckham.

“It’s the first tournament I watched on TV when I was 5 years old,” Djokovic said to the crowd. “It’s the biggest in the world.”

Then he said, “I’d like to thank Roger for letting me win.”

Federer came to the net more than Djokovic, hoping to reduce Djokovic’s advantage in mobility.

“I’m not surprised,” Djokovic said. “He’s coming down the line with backhands more often than in previous years. Those were particular changes in his game that I noticed before coming into this match. I paid attention to it and I was ready for it.”

Federer also was prepared, but the years are gaining on him. However, before he left the court, he told the crowd, “I love you. See you next year.”

For sure, so will Djokovic.

“The future you can’t predict,” he said. “You can only be in the present moment. That’s what I tried to do against Roger.”

Art Spander for Newsday


Fabio Fognini beats Guido Pella in straight sets to reach the fourth round in Melbourne



Fabio Fognini beat Guido Pella 7-6 (7-0) 6-2 6-3 to reach the fourth round at the Australian Open in Melbourne. The Italian star converted five of his six break points to close out the match after 2 hours and nine minutes.


Fognini saved two break points in the first set with a forehand and a backhand and held his serve. The Italian star did not convert a break point in a long seventh game. Both players went on serve to set up a tie-break. Fognini did not drop a single point to cruise through to a 7-0 win.

In the second set Fognini earned a crucial break in the sixth game to take a 4-2 lead. He held his serve on the second deuce after saving a break point. The 2019 Monte-Carlo champion sealed the second set with another break with a forehand return winner.

Fognini earned a break lead in the fourth game of the decisive set. Pella broke straight back in the fifth game. Both traded breaks again in the sixth and seventh games. Fognini broke for the third time and converted his second match point with a serve up the T.

He is also the 12th player to come back from two sets down at all four Grand Slam tournaments.

With his five-set victories over Reilly Opelka and Jordan Thompson in the first two matches Fognini made history on Wednesday when the “Come-back king” became the first player to win back-to-back Australian Open matches in final set tie-breaks.

“I am so happy to be in the fourth round again in Australia. Now it’s time to recover. I played a really solid game against a really tough opponent. I am happy with the performance”, said Fognini.

Fognini set up a fourth round match against 2018 Australian Open quarter finalist Tennys Sandgren, who beat Sam Querrey 6-4 6-4 6-4 after 1 hour and 52 minutes. Sandgren fended off nine break points and converted just 2 of his 14 break point chances. Two years ago Sandgen beat Stan Wawrinka and Dominic Thiem en route to reaching his first quarter final at a Grand Slam event.

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Marin Cilic prevails over Roberto Bautista Agut in five-set thriller in Melbourne



Marin Cilic overcame Spain’s Roberto Bautista Agut 6-7 (3-7) 6-4 6-0 5-7 6-3 after 4 hours and 10 minutes to score his first top 10 win since the 2018 US Open, when he beat David Goffin.


Cilic fought back from losing the first set at the tie-break, but he bounced back in the second set by breaking serve in the ninth game, when Bautista Agut made a forehand error. Cilic held on his serve to win the second set 6-4 to draw level to 1-1.

Cilic cruised through to a bagel win in the third set. The Croatian player got an early break in the fourth set to open up a 3-1 lead. Bautista Agut broke back in the sixth game to draw level to 3-3. Cilic did not convert a break point chance at 5-5. Bautista Agut earned the break at 6-5 to force the match to the fifth set.

Cilic broke serve in the opening game of the fifth set with a forehand winner, but he did not convert a break point at 4-2. He broke for the seventh time in the match in Bautista Agut’s next service game to clinch a thrilling win, as Bautista Agut fired a backhand into the net.

Cilic took a re-match against the Spanish player, who won their previous head-to-head clash at the 2019 Australian Open in five sets.

“I had an incredible patch. It was a surreal level. Every ball I was hitting was going in. It was coming off my raquet incredibly well. I knew Roberto would always fight and he pushed me all the way in the fourth set”, said Cilic.



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Karen Khachanov edges Mikael Ymer in marathon match in Melbourne



Karen Khachanov battled past Mikael Ymer 6-2 2-6 6-4 3-6 7-6 (10-8) in a marathon match after 4 hours and 14 minutes.


Ymer broke serve twice in the second and fourth games of the fourth set to open up a 4-1 lead. Khachanov broke back in the seventh game, but Ymer broke for the third time to take the fourth set 6-3.

Khachanov broke serve in the sixth game to take a 4-2, but he was broken back in the next game.

Khachanov was not able to serve out the match at 5-3 in the fifth set before trailing 6-8 in the decisive match tie-break. Khachanov came back by winning four consecutive points to clinch a thrilling win.

Australia’s Alexei Popyrin beat Spain’s Jaume Munar 6-2 7-6 (7-5) 6-2 after 2 hours and 4 minutes setting up a third round match against Danil Medvedev. Popyrin broke twice in each of the first and third sets and saved all four break point chances.

Taylor Fritz came back from two sets down to beat Kevin Anderson 4-6 6-7 (5-7) 7-6 (7-4) 6-2 6-2. Anderson was leading by two sets and 4-2 in the third set, but Fritz broke back before winning the third set at the tie-break. Fritz cruised through the fourth and fifth sets. Fritz will face Dominic Thiem in the third round.

“That was huge for me. He played a really tough five setter just the other day and then obviously coming back. Going back to back five setters is going to be tougher for him than usual. I felt fresh, so I just told myself that I have to keep running”,said Fritz.

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