Djokovic and Kerber claim Wimbledon titles
Serbian Novak Djokovic is the men’s Wimbledon champion after beating South Africa’s Kevin Anderson in four sets. Serena Williams’s astonishing return to the sport ended in defeat at the hands of Angelique Kerber. In the mixed doubles, Jamie Murray was unable to repeat last year’s success.
Novak Djokovic beat South Africa’s Kevin Anderson to secure his fourth Wimbledon title and his thirteenth major title of his industrious career. The 12th seed Novak secured victory in the match with a commanding 6-2 6-2 7-6 (7-3) score line in the finals. The Serbian dominated play and secured the first set in just 29 minutes.
Anderson made a slow start to the match and only came alive in the third set, but despite his improvement in play, the South African still let it slip through his fingers to a more determined Novak.
Novak, who had already knocked out world number one Rafael Nadal in the semi-final (6-4, 3-6, 7-6 (11), 3-6, 10-8), continued his excellent form in the final. The tactical aspect of his game was on point as he ground Anderson into rallies and disassembled his usual service game.
After the win, the former world number one now becomes the 10th seed and the fourth best male tennis player of all time in Grand Slam singles titles, behind Roger Federer (20), Rafael Nadal (16), and Pete Sampras (14).
The win is a boost for the 31-year-old Serbian who has struggled to get back to his best form since the 2016 French Open win. He even dropped out of the top twenty rankings earlier in the year after a series of disappointing results.
Williams’s fairy-tale return ends short
In the women’s final Angelique Kerber beat Serena Williams 6-3 6-3 to win the third Grand Slam title of her career.
Kerber was in control of the match from the start and although Williams tried to pull the opening set back with a spirited comeback and managed to level the score 2-2 in the first set, that was the closest she came to leading the match.
For Williams to even reach the finals was already a great accomplishment. The 36-year-old revealed earlier this year that she almost died due to complications during the birth of her daughter ten months ago.
Williams showed glimpses of her old self, but Kerber played a tactical game, and although she normally excels in the defensive game she was much more aggressive on the Wimbledon grass. Knowing her opponent lacked her usual mobility the thirty-year-old German forced Williams to the net often which frequently resulted in unforced errors. The victory for Kerber extracts a degree of revenge as Williams beat her in the final two years ago.
It wasn’t all doom and gloom for Serena though. Reaching the final elevated her back into the top 30, moving a remarkable 153 places to become world Number 28.
No double joy for Murray
Defending doubles champion Jamie Murray was unable to replicate his success this year’s competition. Along with partner Victoria Azarenka of Belarus, the pair lost the Mixed Doubles 7-6 (1) 6-3 to Austria’s Alexander Peya and United States Nicole Melichar.
The un-seeded pair had a fantastic tournament and gave the Wimbledon crowd a great deal of entertainment in all five of their matches. The two have had a die-hard spirit in the tournament with impressive comebacks; they came from a set down twice and even made a spirited effort from 5-1 down in the final set to stay alive.
They lost the first set on a tie-break that broke their hearts in what is arguable one of the best tennis duos in recent years. The best part of Murray and Victoria’s partnership is that they only decided to play together at the last minute, but played as if they had been partners for years.
Murray was looking to clinch his third mixed doubles title after triumphs with former World number one’s last year with tennis legend Martina Hingis and in 2007 with Jelena Jankovic. Melichar, who is just 24, was understandably was delighted to win, especially as the American had tasted defeat just 24 hours earlier, losing in the Women’s doubles final.