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Djokovic beats Federer to win his third Wimbledon title

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TENNIS – Novak Djokovic lifted the third Wimbledon title and the ninth Grand Slam title of his career after beating Roger Federer in four sets with 7-6(1) 6-7(10) 6-4 6-3. Djokovic ties Federer 20-20 in their 40 head-to-hea dmatches but he leads 2-1 in Grand Slam finals and 7-6 in Grand Slam matches. Diego Sampaolo

 

Federer, who played his 10th Wimbledon final and his 26th Grand Slam final, held serve to love. Djokovic responded by holding his own serve. Federer earned three break points in the sixth game and broke on his first break point chance for 4-2 as Djokovic made a backhand error. Djokovic brought up two break points and broke back with a backhad pass.

Federer earned a set point opportunity but he did not convert it when he sent a backhand wide. The seven-time Wimbledon champion brought up a second set point but Djokovic saved it with an ace.

Djokovic won the 12th game with an ace forcing the first set to the tie-break. Djokovic stormed out to a 5-1 lead and earned five set points as Federer made a series of errors and converted the first opportunity after 45 minutes as Federer made a double fault.

In the second set  Federer could not convert on his two break point chances. Djokovic held his serve for 3-2 on serve. Djokovic earned a set point on Federer’s serve but he failed to convert it when he sent his forehand long. Federer held his serve for 5-5.

Federer earned a break point chance with a forehand error but committed his 20th error of the match and failed to convert it. Djokovic held his serve for 6-5 after a eight-minute game.

Djokovic raced out to a 6-3 lead in the tie-break but Federer saved three set points to draw level to 6-6. Federer earned a set point at 8-7 but Djokovic saved it for 8-8 with a 119 mph ace down the middle. Federer saved a total of set points in the second set to draw level to 10-all. Federer earned a set point at 11-10 when Djokovic made a forehand error and converted it to seal the second set in 66 minutes with a backhand volley.

In the third set Federer brought up a break point chance in the second game but he did not convert it. Djokovic broke serve in the third game for 2-1 as Federer made a forehand error. Federer held his serve for 2-3 before the match was suspended because of rain.

The match resumed after twenty minutes. Djokovic held his serve to love to wrap up the set after 32 minutes. Both players held their serve until the fifth game when Djokovic broke serve for 3-2 when Federer hit a backhand error. Federer fended off two break points to hold his serve in the sixth game.

Djokovic held his serve in the 8th game for 5-3 before breaking Federer for the second time in the fourth set with an inside-out forehand winner on the championship point to seal the win with a forehand winner. Djokovic defended his title won last year against Federer in an epic five-set match with 6-7 6-4 7-6 5-7 6-4.

Djokovic broke Federer four times and saved six of the seven break points he faced.

After the match Djokovic plucked some grass and put it in his mouth

“It tasted very good this year. I don’t know what the groundspeaople have done, but they have done a great job. It’s a little tradition. As a kid, I was dreaming of winning Wimbledon, and as every child, you dream to do something crazy when you actually achieve it, if you achieve it, and that was one of the things”, said Djokovic.

The two tennis legends met for the 40th time in their careers and for the third time at Wimbledon. Djokovic has now drawn level to 20-20. Apart from the 2014 final, Djokovic and Federer met in the 2012 semifinal where Federer prevailed before winning his seventh Wimbledon title.

Djokovic brought his total of Grand Slam titles to nine Trophies.

With today’s triumph at the All-England Club Djokovic equalled his coach Boris Becker who won three times in 1985, 1986 and 1989.

“We managed to find the right chemistry and he has contributed a lot. This is trophy equally as mine”, said Djokovic

“It’s always a great privilege playing against Roger. He has done so much for our sport. He is someone all players from my generation look up to. I was aware coming on that Roger was going to push me to the limits. These particular matches you work all your life for. He makes you push your limits. He makes you work hard and earn every single point. He is not going to hand you the match”, said Djokovic

Federer, who would have become the oldest player to win at Wimbledon in the Open Era and the third oldest player to win a Grand Slam after Ken Rosewall and Andres Gimeno, paid tribute to Djokovic for his consistency during the season. “Novak not only played well the past two weeks, but through the year. I had my chances in the first set. I had my chances in the first set being up a break but I was lucky to win the second set. I feel very hungry and motivated to keep playing. It has been an hour and a privilege to play here but Novak was very good today.

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Novak Djokovic Confirmed For Olympics But Del Potro Pulls Out After Medical Advice

The Serbian will be bidding to win gold in Tokyo later this year for the first time in his career.

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This year’s Olympic tennis tournament has been given a boost after officials confirmed world No.1 Novak Djokovic will be playing at the Games.

 

The 19-time Grand Slam champion had been contemplating whether to play at the event or not amid ongoing COVID-19 conditions. Djokovic previously said he would reconsider travelling to Tokyo if fans weren’t allowed to attend. Since that comment, organisers have given the green light for up to 10,000 domestic fans to attend Olympic venues. Although foreign fans are banned from attending this year due to the pandemic.

Amid questions over Djokovic’s participation, the Serbian Tennis Federation has told Sportski Zurnal that he has pledged to play. It will be the fourth time the 34-year-old has represented his country in the Olympics. So far in his career, Djokovic has only won one medal which was bronze back in 2008. He also finished fourth in 2012.

“Novak has confirmed his desire to participate in the Olympic Games and we have already sent a list with his name on it to the Olympic Committee of Serbia. It will be forwarded from there,” the Tennis federation told Sportski Zurnal.

As it currently stands Djokovic is on course to achieve the calendar ‘golden slam.’ A rare achievement where a player wins all four Grand Slam titles, as well as the Olympics, within the same year. In singles competition the only person to have ever achieved this was Stefi Graf back in 1988.

“Everything is possible, and I did put myself in a good position to go for the Golden Slam,” Djokovic said after winning the French Open
“But, you know, I was in this position in 2016 as well. It ended up in a third-round loss in Wimbledon. This year we have only two weeks between the first round of Wimbledon and the finals here, which is not ideal because you go from really two completely different surfaces, trying to make that transition as smooth as possible, as quickly and efficiently as possible.
“So obviously I will enjoy this win and then think about Wimbledon in a few days’ time. I don’t have an issue to say that I’m going for the title in Wimbledon. Of course, I am.”

Del Potro’s comeback delayed again

There is less positive news for Juan Martin del Potro, who was the player who beat Djokovic to win a bronze medal back in 2012. The Argentine hasn’t played a competitive match on the Tour since June 2019 due to a troublesome knee injury. Back in March the former US Open champion said playing at the Olympics again was motivating him during his rehabilitation.

However, since then progress has been slower than what Del Potro would have liked. As a result, he has been advised not to play in the event and continue his recovery.

Delpo won’t be able to play the Olympics Games. The knee rehab is going well according to the doctor’s plan but he suggested Juan Martin to go on with his rehab process and training, and skip Tokyo 2020,” a statement from Del Potro’s communication team reads.

Since 2010, the former world No.3 and two-time Olympic medallist has undergone eight surgeries.One on his right wrist, three on his left wrist and four on his knee. He has won a total of 22 ATP titles so far in his career.

The Olympic Tennis event will start on July 24th at the Ariake Coliseum.

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Vasek Pospisil dispatches James Ward in Eastbourne

Vasek Pospisil is into the second round at Eastbourne.

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The Canadian won his first match on grass of the year beating the local favourite James Ward.

 

Vasek Pospisil is through to the second round of the Viking International ATP 250 in Eastbourne after beating the Brit James Ward in straight sets 6-4, 6-4 in one hour and 13 minutes on court number two.

“It was a good match, I played pretty well, I thought I served well and he is a tough opponent on grass because he has a tough first serve but I was pretty sharp and played well when I needed to and happy to get the win”.

It was the Canadian who had the first chance to break at 1-1 and he got the early break and that one break was good enough for him to serve out the first set.

The second set was much of the same and actually was identical to the first with the world number 66 getting the break to take a 2-1 lead but faced a breakpoint when consolidating the break.

Again that one break was enough for him to serve out the match and book his spot in the next round. This is Pospisil’s first win since the month and after the match, he spoke about how the last couple of months have been for him.

“It was good I just took a break from the tour just to refresh the mind and the body and I hadn’t seen my family in nine months so it was a good reset and I felt I needed a break to kinda be excited about touring and the covid conditions and now I’m back and I am happy to be back and I am playing well so it was a nice break.”

Pospisil will now face Alejandro Davidovich Fokina in the next round after the Spaniard beat the Swede Mikael Ymer in straight sets 7-5, 6-1.

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Daniil Medvedev Searching For Confidence Boost Ahead Of Wimbledon

The two-time Grand Slam finalist says he is not the same player as he was two years ago when he last played Wimbledon.

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When it comes to playing on the grass this year Daniil Medvedev admits that the biggest issue for him might concern the mental side of the sport as opposed to the physical side.

 

The world No.2 kicked-off his grass swing last week in Halle where he was stunned in the first round by Germany’s Jan-Lennard Struff. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic disrupting the Tour in 2020, that was the first time the Russian had played a match on the surface in almost two years. Short on matches, Medvedev is back in action this week in Mallorca after taking a wildcard into the tournament.

“I like to play on grass, I just need to get some confidence in my game on the surface, because we didn’t play [on it] for two years. Two years ago, I was not the same player as I am right now,” Medvedev told atptour.com. “It is tough for me to say where I see myself, but I know I can play very good on this surface. I just need to find the right balance.”

Since he last played at Wimbledon, Medvedev surged on the ATP Tour by winning six titles with all of them being on a hardcourt. Furthermore, he also reached the final of the US Open in 2019 and the Australian Open this year. He is the first player outside of the Big Four to be ranked in the world’s top two since July 2005.

Despite his previous success on the grass, Medvedev admits he remains wary about playing on the surface and the conditions he may face.

“When I started playing on grass, I played in Challengers and even in [ATP] Tour tournaments on the outside courts, not on the central courts, and I can tell that the central courts are quite slow,” he said. “Especially the match I played with Gilles Simon at Queen’s [Club], we had rallies of 40 shots every second point. That is what makes it a little bit tougher.
“When I practise on practice courts, I feel like I am playing so good as the ball is so fast. Then I come onto the centre court to play the match, and the ball just stops after the bounce, and you have to adapt your game, so it can be tough. But I know I can play really well on grass.”

In Mallorca Medvedev has a bye in the first round. His opening match will be against either South Africa’s Lloyd Harris or France’s Corentin Moutet.

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