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With a Women’s Draw that lacked star power or good tennis for that matter, Nadal & Andy Murray getting dropped in week 2 of the fortnight, Novak Djokovic & Roger Federer were the last two names left & meet in the Men’s Final and it was a classic. Novak Djokovic won his second Wimbledon title and denied Roger Federer his record eighth by outlasting the Swiss player in five sets Sunday.
Djokovic wasted a 5-2 lead, and a match point, in the fourth set but held on for a 6-7 (7), 6-4, 7-6 (4), 5-7, 6-4 Centre Court victory that returned the Serbian player to the No. 1 ranking in the world.
It was Djokovic’s seventh Grand Slam title and broke a streak of three consecutive losses in major finals and in five of his past six.
In the last set, Djokovic broke in the final game with the help of four mistakes by Federer to seal the win. Djokovic fell awkwardly in the first game of the second set and called for a trainer immediately after he broke Federer’s serve to take a 2-1 lead. The trainer worked on Djokovic’s left ankle.
Djokovic again called for the trainer after the third game of the final set to have his right calf worked on.
Djokovic returns back to the #1 Ranked Men’s Player in the world with the well earned victory.
Earlier in the 2nd week of the Fortnight was Serena Williams, who lost in the third round of singles Saturday, looked out of sorts from the moment the pre-match warm-up began. It was an odd scene, as the 32-year-old American had trouble collecting tennis balls from the ball kids and whiffed on some practice strokes.
The start of the match then was put off for about 10 minutes while Serena sat in her sideline chair and was examined by medical staff, including a check of her blood pressure. At one point, Serena hunched over and covered her face with her hands.
Other Championship Matches @ Wimbledon
- In one of the most dominant performances in a women’s final at Wimbledon, the sixth-seeded Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic overpowered and overwhelmed 13th-seeded Eugenie Bouchard of Canada 6-3, 6-0 in only 55 minutes Saturday to add to her 2011 title at the grass-court Grand Slam.
- Nenad Zimonjic of Serbia and 2011 U.S. Open singles champion Samantha Stosur of Australia won the Wimbledon mixed doubles title Sunday with a 6-4, 6-2 win over Max Mirnyi of Belarus and Taiwan’s Chan Hao-ching.
- Italy’s Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci became the fifth duo to complete a career Grand Slam in women’s doubles together, winning Wimbledon for the first time Saturday. The second-seeded Errani and Vinci beat 14th-seeded Timea Babos of Hungary and Kristina Mladenovic of France 6-1, 6-3 in the final.
- Qualifier Noah Rubin beat sixth-seeded Stefan Kozlov 6-4, 4-6, 6-3 to win the Wimbledon junior boys’ title Sunday in an all-American final.
- Unseeded Jelena Ostepanko of Latvia won the junior girls’ title with a 2-6, 6-3, 6-0 win over eighth-seeded Kristina Schmiedlova of Slovakia.
- American Jack Sock and Canadian Vasek Pospisil could have trouble improving on their first tournament as a doubles team. Sock and Pospisil defeated Americans Bob and Mike Bryan 7-6 (5), 6-7 (3), 6-4, 3-6, 7-5 in the Wimbledon doubles final on Saturday playing in their first event as a team. The winners broke the top-seeded Bryan brothers’ service in the final game on their fifth match point, with Sock smashing the winning forehand on a Mike Bryan second serve.