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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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French Open Crowd Crossed The Line, Says Frustrated Alex de Minaur

The Australian explains why he wasn’t entirely happy with the atmosphere in the French capital.

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Alex de Minaur didn’t hide his irritation with fans at Roland Garros following his shock exit from the tournament on Tuesday.

 

The 19th seed fell to home player Hugo Gaston in a five-set epic that lasted more than four hours. De Minaur had a 3-0 lead in the decisive set but ended up losing 4-6, 6-2, 6-3, 0-6, 7-6(10-4) to the world No.74. He has now lost in the first round of the French Open in four out of six appearances.

During the match De Minaur had to contend with a boisterous crowd who were cheering on Gaston. He faced some booing and jeering from those in the stands which the world No.20 was not happy about.

“I think there is a difference between a great atmosphere and supporting your fellow countrymen, which is completely fine and it’s great. I’m sure for him was an amazing atmosphere, he enjoyed every second of it.” De Minaur said afterwards.
“But there is a line that, when I’m getting told things by people in the crowd, making eye contact with me after I hit a double fault, I think there is a certain line that needs to be kind of looked at.”
“Good on him (Gaston) for playing a great match in front of his home crowd and being able to feed off that, and you know, having a moment that I’m sure he won’t forget.”

De Minaur refused to go into what exactly was being said to him from certain members of the crowd but insisted that he was not being intimidated by what was occurring on the court. Towards the end of the match a series of unforced errors, including double faults, costed him dearly.

“I’m pretty sure I dealt with it pretty well, all things considering,” he said. “I was in the moment. I was in the heat of the moment battling out there. It felt like kind of an away Davis Cup match, and I thrive on that. It was a lot sometimes and sometimes you do your best to focus on playing a tennis match. There are outside factors that you do your best to control.“

Heading into Paris, De Minaur had shown encouraging results on the clay with semi-final runs to tournaments in Barcelona and Lyon. He also reached the third round in Rome and took a set off Andrey Rublev when they clashed in Monte Carlo.

Given those recent results on the Tour, it is clear that the latest defeat is one that will sit with him for a while.

Ideally, I will sleep tonight and I will forget all about it, but I have a feeling that won’t be the case,” de Minaur admits.
“It’s disappointing, as everything is, it is what it is. It’s a sport that we are playing. You have your good days, your bad days. You win absolute battles; you lose absolute battles.”

As for Garon, he will face Argentine qualifier Pedro Cachin in the second round. This year’s draw is a golden opportunity for the Frenchman with him guaranteed to not play a seeded player until at least the last 16 if he makes it that far.

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Novak Djokovic Opens Up About Wimbledon Points Removal

The world No.1 states that he will always support the views of his peers.

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In his press conference following his win over Yoshihito Nishioka at the French Open, Novak Djokovic expressed his views about the ATP decision to remove points from Wimbledon.

 

Negatively affected by such a decision – he will drop 2000 points – the world No.1 praised the ATP’s stance and called for players’ unity.

“I think collectively I’m glad that players got together with ATP, the governing body of the men’s tennis, and showed to the Grand Slam that when there is a mistake happening, and there was from the Wimbledon side, then we have to show that there are going to be some consequences. So I support the players, unification always. I have always done that. I will always do that.” He said.

Djokovic criticized the lack of communication between the parties involved, in particular with regard to a document of recommendation by the English Government which contained diverse options. Had it been discussed by the All England Club with ATP and players, a compromise may have been reached.

“I think it was a wrong decision. I don’t support that at all. But, you know, during these times, it’s a super sensitive subject, and anything that you decide, it’s unfortunately going to create a lot of conflict, a lot of separation instead of unification.” He continued.

Djokovic also mentioned other suggestions coming from WTA and ATP, that possibly men’s and women’s players from Belarus, Ukraine, and Russia could play together at some exhibition event during the slam or something like this and prize money could go to the victims in Ukraine. There were different ideas, but there was never really a strong communication coming from Wimbledon.

He stressed that removing the points from Wimbledon, therefore not allowing players to earn or to defend points, is a decision that affects everyone, a lose-lose situation for everyone, as he called it.

Nonetheless, the charm and prestige of Wimbledon shall rest unaltered and its meaningfulness extends far beyond: “A Grand Slam is still a Grand Slam. Wimbledon for me was always my dream tournament when I was a child. You know, I don’t look at it through the lens of points or prize money. For me, it’s something else.”

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Injury-Hit Borna Coric Reacts To First Grand Slam Win In 16 Months

The Croat admits he was unsure how his shoulder would hold up in his opening match at Roland Garros.

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Borna Coric said he is relieved that his body managed to hold up during his opening win at the French Open on Sunday.

 

The former world No.12 spent almost three hours on the court before defeating Spain’s Carlos Taberner 3-6, 6-2, 6-3, 6-1, in what was his first Grand Slam match of any kind since the 2021 Australian Open. Paris is only the seventh tournament Coric has played in since returning to the Tour following a year-long absence due to shoulder surgery. The 25-year-old is yet to win back-to-back matches this season.

It does feel great. I didn’t know what to expect in terms of my shoulder because I’ve never been in the fourth set, fifth set (of a match) for one-and-a-half years,” said Coric.
“So it was also kind of worrying for me, I didn’t know what to expect, I didn’t know how I’m going to feel and how my whole body is going to behave in those later sets. Obviously I’ve been practicing it, but it’s really never the same.”

Impressively the Croat produced a total of 54 winners against 39 unforced errors in his latest match in the French capital. Furthermore, he won 76% of his first service points and 53% of his second.

“The last few weeks haven’t been very easy, I lost many tight matches. I mean, I was also quite happy with my tennis, but I was just losing,” he reflected.

Coric was once tipped to be the future of men’s tennis after rising quickly up the ranks at a young age. In 2014 he was the youngest player to end the season in the top 100 and a year last he was the youngest to do so in the top 50. He has recorded a total of nine wins over top five players, including Roger Federer, as well as winning two Tour titles.

In the second round at Roland Garros Coric will take on the formidable Grigor Dimitrov who has been ranked as high as third in the world. He will enter the clash as the underdog given his ongoing comeback from injury. At present Coric’s principal focus is on his body but that will change in the coming weeks.

Until Wimbledon my health needs to come first and after Wimbledon I can kind of try to switch in my mind so I can start playing more and more tournaments. I can train more and I can focus more on the tennis rather than on my shoulder,” he explains.

Coric has reached the third round of the French Open on four previous occasions.

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