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Carlos Alcaraz Beats Seven-Time Champion Djokovic In Epic To Win Wimbledon



Carlos Alcaraz overcame a first-set hammering to beat Novak Djokovic in a thrilling match to claim his first Wimbledon title at the age of 20. 

The rollercoaster final at SW19 saw the top seed bounce back to triumph 1-6, 7-6(5), 6-1, 3-6, 6-4, against a player who had won the past four editions of the tournament. Sunday’s showdown featured a staggering 25-minute Djokovic service game in which Alcaraz broke in front of an animated crowd who was cheering the youngster on with chants of ‘Carlos, Carlos.’ In total, the two battled on court for four hours and 42 minutes in what was one of the longest-ever title matches to take place. 

“It’s a dream come true for me. I said before it would have been so good to win but even if would have lost I would be really proud of myself,” Alcaraz said afterward.
“Making history in this beautiful tournament, playing a final against a legend of the sport. It’s a dream come true.’
“It is unbelievable to play in these stages. It’s amazing for a boy – 20 years-old – I didn’t expect to reach this situation really fast.
“I am really proud of myself, I am really proud of the team and the work we put in every day to be able to lift this (trophy).”

Djokovic, who was targeting a record-equalling eighth title, got off to a perfect start with the help of some costly errors coming across the court from Alcaraz. Utilizing his extensive defensive skills, he surged to a 5-0 lead with relative ease. It wasn’t until 31 minutes into the match that Alcaraz had something to celebrate after holding for the first time which promoted a huge roar from the crowd. However, the damage was already done by the second seed who closed the opener out on his first set point by hitting a smash.

It was shortly after that Djokovic’s problems started to unfold. The wind was proving to be causing his problems with his serving, Alcaraz was starting to find his footing and the Center Court crowd was much more vocal in their support for the Spaniard. So much so that even Djokovic was toying with them and at one stage encouraged them to cheer louder for him. Quite a surreal scenario when you consider he is the most decorated Grand Slam player in the history of men’s tennis.

The tension was high throughout the second set when Alcaraz broke early on for a 2-0 before getting pegged back. There was little to separate the two heading into what turned out to be a dramatic tiebreak. Djokovic received a time violation whilst down 4-5 but still managed to hold. Two points later a backhand down the line set him up for a two-set lead but he failed to convert. Paving the way for Alcaraz to work his way to a set point which he converted with a blistering passing shot. 

Alcaraz’s breakthrough brought to an end opponents’ run of winning 15 straight tiebreaks in Grand Slam matches. Continuing to gain momentum into the third frame, he went on to triumph in what was the most dramatic game of the final and some could argue the entire tournament. A marathon Djokovic service game lasted more than 25 minutes and featured a staggering 13 deuces before the world No.1 broke to secure a commanding 4-1 lead before moving to a set away from glory.

The rollercoaster continued with a relentless Djokovic fighting back in the fourth frame to force a decider. He managed to do so with the help of a double break in his favor with the set ending with an Alcaraz double fault. 

Despite the Serbian’s best efforts, it was not enough. Alcaraz’s continued to chase down every ball and wear down his rival. The decisive blow occurred three games into the decider when he broke a livid Djokovic who smashed his racket on the net post out of anger. Continuing to hold his nerve, he worked his way to his first championship point with a 130 mph serve that Djokovic returned out. He then prevailed after a Djokovic shot crashed into the net. 

“After the first set I thought ‘Carlos, increase the level. Everyone would be disappointed,’ the new champion commented.
“I have to congratulate Novak, it was amazing to play against him. You inspire me a lot. I started playing tennis watching you. Since I was born you were already winning tournaments. You said 36 is the new 36 and you make that happen. It’s amazing.”

Alcaraz has become just the third Spanish man to win the title and only the second in the Open Era after Rafael Nadal. He is also the third-youngest men’s Wimbledon champion in history after Boris Becker and Bjorn Borg. Since 1969, only four other players on the ATP Tour have managed to win multiple major titles before the age of 21.

Before this season, Alcaraz had never won a Tour-level match on the Grass but this year he has managed to record 12 consecutive wins on the surface which started at Queen’s. His triumph has secured his place as No.1 which would have been taken away from him if Djokovic had won. 

“I thought I would have trouble with you only on clay and hard court, but not on grass but now it’s a different story from this year obviously,” said an emotional Djokovic who began to cry during the trophy presentation when he saw his son in the crowd. 
“Congrats, an amazing way to adapt to the surface. You played maybe one or twice. Amazing, what you did in Queens and congratulations to everybody in your team.’
“As for me, you never like to lose matches like these but I guess when all the emotions are settled I’ll have to be very grateful. I won many tight and close matches in the past here, to name a few. 2019 against Roger. Maybe I should have lost a few finals that I won so maybe this is even stevens.”

Alcaraz is the first player to have beaten Djokovic on the Wimbledon Center Court since Andy Murray, who was in the crowd watching, back in 2013. 

“I’ve fallen in love with grass right now. It’s amazing. I didn’t expect to play at this level in a really short period,” he summed up when asked about his 2023 campaign on the surface.
“I have played just four tournaments on grass, I won Queen’s. It’s a dream come true. I am happy with the work we were doing, coming into the grass season. I learn really fast and I am really proud.”


Hubert Hurkacz Undergoes ‘Knee Procedure’ Ahead of Olympic Bid



Poland’s top player on the ATP Tour is not giving up on his dream of winning a medal at the Olympic Games despite recently undergoing a medical procedure.

World No.7 Hubert Hurkacz suffered a knee injury during his second round clash at Wimbledon against France’s Arthur Fils. In the fourth set tiebreak of their clash, Hurkacz dived for a shot but landed badly on his knee and required on-court medical attention. He then played two more points before retiring from the match. 

In a social media post published on Wednesday, the  27-year-old confirmed he underwent a procedure on his knee earlier this week but didn’t provide any further details.  Although Hurkacz has stated his intention to play at the upcoming Olympic Games in Paris, where the tennis event will be held on the clay at Roland Garros. 

“I had a knee procedure this Monday, but I’m feeling better already and my team and are dedicating extensive time each day to the rehab process.” He wrote on Instagram. 

“It’s a dream for every athlete to represent their country at the Olympics, and I want to make sure I am fully fit and ready before making the final decision to step on court. The aim is not only to participate, but to win a medal for my country.”

So far this season Hurkacz has won 34 out of 48 matches played on the Tour. He won the Estoril Open in April and was runner-up to Jannik Sinner in Halle. 

The Olympic tennis event is scheduled to begin a week Saturday on July 27th. Poland is yet to win a medal in the event but expectations are high with women’s No.1 Iga Swiatek also taking part. 

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Motivation, Pressure And Expectations – Novak Djokovic Targets History At Wimbledon



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Novak Djokovic has broken numerous records throughout his career but he still feels the pressure of trying to make history in the sport. 

The world No.2 is through to his 10th Wimbledon final where he will play Carlos Alcaraz, who beat him at this stage of the tournament 12 months ago. There is plenty on the line for the Serbian who could equal Roger Federer’s record for most men’s titles won at SW19 and break the overall record for most major singles won in the sport if he triumphs over the Spaniard. Djokovic currently has 24 Grand Slam trophies to his name which is the same as Margaret Court, who won some of her titles before the Open Era started. 

“Obviously I’m aware that Roger [Federer] holds eight Wimbledons. I hold seven. History is on the line.” Djokovic said on Friday after beating Lorenzo Musetti.

“Also, the 25th potential Grand Slam. Of course, it serves as a great motivation, but at the same time it’s also a lot of pressure and expectations.”

Coming into Wimbledon, there had been doubts over Djokovic’s form after he underwent surgery to treat a knee injury he suffered at the French Open. However, he has defied the odds to reach the final. His run has also seen him beat Alexi Popyrin and Holger Rune before getting a walkover in the quarter-finals from Alex de Minaur, who sustained an injury during the tournament. Then on Friday, he overcame a spirited Musetti in three sets. 

Despite the challenge, Djokovic has insisted that his expectations to do well are always high no matter what the situation is. During what has been a roller-coaster first six months of the season, he is yet to win a title this year or beat a player currently ranked in the top 10. Although he will achieve both of these if her beats Alcaraz on Sunday. 

“Every time I step out on the court now, even though I’m 37 and competing with the 21-year-olds, I still expect myself to win most of the matches, and people expect me to win, whatever, 99% of the matches that I play.” He said.

“I always have to come out on the court and perform my best in order to still be at the level with Carlos [Alcaraz] or Jannik [Sinner] or Sascha [Zverev] or any of those guys, Daniil [Medvedev]. 

“This year hasn’t been that successful for me. It’s probably the weakest results the first six months I’ve had in many years. That’s okay. I had to adapt and accept that and really try to find also way out from the injury that I had and kind of regroup.”

Djokovic hopes that a Wimbledon win will help turn his season around like it has done in the past for him. 

“Wimbledon historically there’s been seasons where I wasn’t maybe playing at a desired level, but then I would win a Wimbledon title and then things would change.” He commented.

“For example, that was the case in 2018 when I had elbow surgery earlier in the year, dropped my rankings out of top 20, losing in fourth round of Australian Open, I think it was quarters of Roland-Garros, and just not playing the tennis that I want to play. Then I won Wimbledon and then won US Open and then later on became No.1 very soon.”

Meanwhile, 21-year-old Alcaraz is hoping to stop Djokovic in his tracks. Should he defend his title at Wimbledon, he would become the first player outside the Big Three to do so since Pete Sampras more than 20 years ago. He has won their only previous meeting on the grass but trails their head-to-head 3-2. 

“I’m sure he knows what he has to do to beat me,” said Alcaraz.

“But I’m ready to take that challenge and I’m ready to do it well.”

When the two players take to the court to play in the Wimbledon final, Djokovic will be 15 years and 348 days older than Alcaraz. Making it the largest age gap in a men’s Grand Slam final since the 1974 US Open. Whoever is victorious will receive £2,700,000 in prize money. 

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Carlos Alcaraz And Novak Djokovic Wouldn’t Yield To Medvedev And Musetti At Wimbledon



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Carlos Alcaraz seemed to be on his own against a vastly improved Daniil Medvedev. The defending Wimbledon champion appeared to be out of tricks.

And Medvedev sensed it.

Alcaraz still scored a 6-7 (1), 6-3, 6-4, 6-4 victory over Medvedev. It may look rather easy on paper, but there was nothing easy about Alcaraz’s victory. The young Spaniard just came through when he needed it to advance to what he hopes will lead to his fourth Grand Slam title.


Medvedev was always there, ready to pounce on any mistake by Alcaraz. But mistakes didn’t happen that often after Medvedev took the first set in a tie-breaker.

Alcaraz hadn’t served that well in the first set that Medvedev had taken in a tiebreaker. But it was a different story once Alcaraz found the mark on his serves. He just kept holding service until the match was his.

Remember, he’s only 21 years old. But now he faces someone in this Wimbledon final almost twice as old in 37-year-old Novak Djokovic.


Early in the match, Djokovic looked like he might have problems against Lorenzo Musetti. He appeared to have a slight limp in the right knee that was covered by a band. Of course, it’s been less than six months since Novak underwent surgery to repair a torn meniscus in that knee.

Djokovic didn’t always chase after balls in situations where his service game wasn’t in jeopardy. He just hit winners when the opportunities came along, and his serve was always ready to win a point, a game or the match.


Young 25th seed Musetti had been so strong and talented in his quarterfinal upset of Taylor Fritz. The 22-year-old Italian had looked like he might be a threat to the likes of Djokovic and Alcaraz in the last two rounds in London.

Musetti appeared to be able to run down everything against the speedy Fritz, until Fritz seemed to grow tired in a fifth set that Musetti won easily.

The Italian wasn’t the same against Djokovic.

Djokovic was just too good and too consistent to allow Musetti to stop his bid for another title.


The setting was completely different this time with Djokovic looking questionable at the start. But Musetti could hardly push Djokovic, and ended up losing by a 6-4, 7-6 (2), 6-4. Once Novak charged through the second set tiebreaker, dropping only two points, Musetti couldn’t get back into the match.

And then Novak came out pretending to play a violin on his racket for his precious 6-year-old daughter Tara, whom Novak said has been learning to play the violin for about six months.

Some fans apparently didn’t like this, but then there probably were others who became Novak Djokovic fans. Novak obviously is a great guy and dad these days.

After all, Novak has just played his 97th Wimbledon match, and he’s hoping in his 37th Grand Slam final to tie Roger Federer’s record of eight Wimbledon titles.

James Beck was the 2003 winner of the USTA National Media Award  for print media. A 1995 MBA graduate of The Citadel, he can be reached at 

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