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Five Things To Know About The Wimbledon Men’s Final

All you need to know about Novak Djokovic’s clash with Kevin Anderson.

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After coming through their marathon semi-final encounters, Novak Djokovic will lock horns with Kevin Anderson. The winner will exit the tournament with £2.25 million in prize money as well as 2000 ranking points. Djokovic is bidding to win his biggest title since returning to the tour from a six-month absence due to a elbow injury. Meanwhile, Anderson is targeting the biggest title of his entire career.

Here are five things to know about the 2018 final.

1. The head-to-head

Should the Wimbledon final goes according to their head-to-head, Djokovic is destined to claim the title. They have clashed on six previous occasions with the Serbian winning the last five of them. At Wimbledon Djokovic has already defeated Anderson twice before. In 2011 he cruised to a 63, 64, 62 win. Then in 2015, which was the last time they met prior to today, he experienced some tough resistance before prevailing 67(6), 67(6), 61, 64, 75.

The only time Anderson defeated Djokovic was back in 2008 at the Miami Open. That was also the first time he had ever defeated a top 10 player in his career.

Head-to-head record

2. The overs 30s record

For the first time in Wimbledon history, the men’s final will be contested by two players over the age of 30. Djokovic’s age is 31 years 54 days and Anderson’s is 32 years 58 days. In grand slam tennis, this is only the eighth time this has happened in the Open Era (on the men’s tour).

Wimbledon finalists over the age of 30
Rod Laver – 1969 (champion)
Ken Rosewall – 1970 and 1974 (champion on both occasions)
Arthur Ashe – 1975 (champion)
Jimmy Connors – 1984 (runner-up)
Roger Federer – 2012 (champion), 2014-2015 (runner up twice) and 2017 (champion)
Novak Djokovic – 2018 (TBD)
Kevin Anderson – 2018 (TBD)

3. Djokovic is targeting lucky No.13

Should the Serbian prevail at The All England Club, he will move to fourth on the all-time list for most grand slam titles. Only Federer (20), Rafael Nadal (17) and Pete Sampras (14) have won more than him. So far, he has won 12 grand slam titles.

Djokovic has a 12-9 win-loss record when it comes to grand slam finals. This is his fifth Wimbledon final and the only player to have defeated him at this stage of the tournament was Andy Murray back in 2013.

He is one of only two men to have achieved 60 or more wins at all four grand slam tournaments. A win at Wimbledon would be his fifth grass-court title. The third highest among active players.

4. Anderson’s South African milestone

Anderson has already created tennis history for his home country. He is only the second South African player to reach multiple grand slam finals and the first in the Open Era. The only other player to do so was Eric Sturgess during the 1940s and 1950s. He is also the first South African Wimbledon finalist since 1921.

Should Anderson go on and defeat Djokovic, he would achieve a series of milestones. Including :-

  • Becoming only the second South African grand slam champion in history. The first was Johan Kriek at the 1981 Australian Open.
  • The first ever African man to win a Wimbledon title in the Open Era. The other other to triumph was Jaroslav Drobny, who represented Egypt, in 1954.
  • He would also become the second-oldest first-time grand slam winner in history. The first was Andres Gimeno, who won the 1972 French Open at the age of 34 years 206 days.

5. The rankings

Due to a six-month injury lay-off during 2017, Djokovic dropped to as low as 22nd in the world earlier this year. The first time he has been outside of the top 20 since 2006. Nevertheless, his run at Wimbledon means he will rise to at least 11th in the world. Should he win the title, he would re-enter back into the top-10 at 10th for the first time since November.

Anderson will make his top-5 debut regardless of if he wins or loses in the final. He will be fifth as runner-up and fourth if he wins the title.

The men’s final will get underway on Sunday afternoon at 14:00 local time.

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Acapulco Faces Safety Issues Ahead Of ATP 500 Tournament

Acapulco faces safety and infrastructure issues before the ATP 500 tournament next week.

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Acapulco has faced safety concerns ahead of the tournament as players have been advised to stay in the tournament hotels or tennis venues.

As exclusively revealed by James Gray of the i newspaper, Acapulco is facing security and infrastructure concerns ahead of the tournament.

ATP players have reportedly been told in an email to stay confined to the tournament hotels and the tennis venue as crime rates have increased in the city.

Organisers in Mexico have reassured people that players will be able to train safely with the following statement, “The Arena GNP, venue for the Mexican Open of Tennis, and the host hotel are currently operational to carry out the tournament,” the tournament organisers told the i newspaper.

“Since Tuesday, we have been receiving players in Acapulco, and they have already had the opportunity to train at the venue.”

However there are still infrastructural problems including lack of flights to Acapulco as well as other safety concerns which have been affected by Hurricane Otis.

Despite the problems the ATP seem confident that the event will be safe and secure ahead of the ATP 500 event, “It is not uncommon for players to receive security advisories from ATP as a precautionary measure across more than 250 Tour and Challenger Tour events each season,” A spokesperson told the i newspaper.

“The advisory sent for Acapulco factors in the additional complexity of Hurricane Otis’ disruption. There have been major efforts and investment to restore the Acapulco venue in recent months.”

The ATP 500 event in Acapulco will take place next week with Alex De Minaur being the defending champion.

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Ons Jabeur’s Latest Withdrawal Raises Doubts Over Season Ambitions

Ons Jabeur will be hoping to re-energize herself ahead of a big few months in her career.

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Ons Jabeur’s latest withdrawal in Dubai has raised doubts over how successful the Tunisian can be this season.

Despite having high hopes for revitalizing her season in Dubai, Ons Jabeur has had another setback in 2024.

The Tunisian was forced to withdraw from one of her favourite tournaments of the year in Dubai due to a knee injury.

This withdrawal came days after Jabeur said she was ready for the challenge in Dubai and was excited to compete in front of a passionate crowd in Dubai.

In a statement Jabeur explained her injury and why she was unable to compete in Dubai this week, “After consultation of my doctors and team we have decided that I will have to withdraw from Dubai this week and go for more medical treatments,” Jabeur was quoted by tennishead as saying.

“Looking forward to reconnect with all on the courts for the US swing. Thank you for your continuous support.”

This latest setback isn’t a coincidence though as Jabeur has struggled with injuries ever since her Wimbledon final.

The mental and physical toll that the last eight months have taken of Jabeur are starting to show.

There doesn’t seem to be a plan in place as Jabeur has been open about her mental health struggles since that comprehensive defeat to Marketa Vondrousova at Wimbledon.

That’s a potential problem for Jabeur going forwards as it continues to get tougher for the world number six to find motivation going forwards.

A long break away from tennis may be beneficial for Jabeur as it feels like this summer may be the Tunisian’s last opportunity at Grand Slam glory.

An innovative and new approach may be required for Jabeur as her physical and mental stamina continues to fade with every week.

However will Jabeur manage reinvent herself before it’s too late? Only time will tell and SW19 may be the final destination in that bid.

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Iga Swiatek ‘Proud’ After Claiming Doha Title

World number one Iga Swiatek won her 18th career title in Doha.

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Iga Swiatek defeated Elena Rybakina 7-6(8) 6-2 to claim the title in Doha.

The world number one sealed an 18th career title with a straight sets win over Rybakina.

Swiatek had previously struggled to beat the Kazakh and that continued at the start of the opening set with the Pole conceding a double break deficit at 4-1.

However Swiatek was resilient as she won four games in a row to get back on track in the opening set.

Rybakina broke in the eleventh game and had the opportunity to serve for the opening set but couldn’t take the opportunity.

In the tiebreak, Swiatek converted her fourth set point as she claimed a mammoth tiebreak 10-8.

After that Swiatek seized control as she broke twice after saving two break points in the second game.

The Pole held comfortably to claim her maiden title of the 2024 season in what was her first tournament since a third round exit at the Australian Open.

In her-post match speech Swiatek admitted that she is proud of her performance in Doha this week, “You don’t even know hard it was not to think about it,” Swiatek was quoted by France 24 as saying after winning her 13th match in Doha.

“I came here and was pretty stressed because I felt the expectations. I wanted to do everything step by step like I always do. I’m really happy. I’m really proud of myself.”

Swiatek will now look to continue that form in Dubai next week where she takes on either Sloane Stephens or Clara Burel in her opening round match.

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