Spain sensation Carlos Alcaraz withstood a tough challenge and responded well
by producing an inspired performance to beat defending champion Novak
Djokovic 1-6, 7-6(6), 6-1, 3-6, 6-4 victory. The young Spanish star battled hard to
lift the Wimbledon title, his second major title and retained the World no.1 spot.
The 20-year-old Alcaraz recovered from a shaky start and delivered a high-quality
championship match display to delight the crowd. The Spaniard became just the
fifth player in the Open Era to win multiple major titles prior to turning 21. On the
other hand, Djokovic endured his first Centre Court defeat in over 10 years.
Alcaraz, who won his first major title at the 2022 US Open, stunned the Serbian
Djokovic by ending his 34-match winning streak at Wimbledon with his four-hour
and 42-minute victory in an SW19 classic. Alcaraz collapsed to the turf in
emotional scenes on championship point after his brand of huge groundstrokes
and delicate touches, which lit up the All England Club, made him just the fourth
active male player to lift the trophy at the All England Club after Djokovic, Rafael
Nadal, and Andy Murray.
The 36-year-old Serbian made a sizzling start, but his opponent dug deep to break
Djokovic’s 14-tie-break winning streak at Grand Slam events and claim a crucial
second set before later holding off a Djokovic comeback to claim the title. With
the pair going toe to toe in a series of scintillating exchanges, their third Lexus ATP
Head-to-Head encounter frequently had the crowd on its feet on Centre Court.
Up against one of the greatest movers in the history of the game in Djokovic, the
way Alcaraz maneuvered his opponent around the court contributed to the
Serbian taking multiple tumbles to the ground across the match. The second-
seeded Djokovic had dropped serve just three times en route to the final but
Alcaraz carved out five breaks with his razor-sharp return game as he outhit the
seven-time champion by 66 winners to 32.
It’s a dream come true for me. It’s great to win, but even if I had lost, I would be
really proud of myself for this amazing run, Alcaraz said. It’s a dream come true to
be able to play on these stages. It’s amazing for a boy, 20 years old, to reach this
kind of situation really fast. I’m really, really proud of myself and the team that I
have. The work we put in every day, to be able to lift this, the Spaniard concluded.