Flashback to January, it was Australia Open where we saw his actual form losing, with his right elbow encased in a compression sleeve. Travel back to Indian Wells, in March, just one month after he had surgery, there a Japanese qualifier Taro Daniel ended his journey in the first round. A shocking defeat to Italian outsider Marco Cecchiant at the French Open quarterfinals. After all the hurdles in path of recovery, Djokovic said, “I don’t know if I am going to play on grass!” At the Wimbledon 2018’ final absolute class was witness! Reclaiming his central place in men’s game, Novak beats Anderson, 6-2, 6-2, 7-6 and grabbed his fourth Wimbledon title. It was his first Grand Slam title in almost two years, now he has 13! Both men had a good reason to hold the golden prize, Anderson who outclassed top seed, Federer in quarters, in five-set, after saving a match point. He has a record of playing more games than any man in Wimbledon’s long history. The record of a second longest running match at history Grand Slam, also rest aside him, defeated John Isner in a 6 hours 36 minutes semifinal. Whereas, Djokovic was recovering from all he left back as sidelined by injury. He made his way to the finals after a cheesy semi battle with Nadal. A 5 hours 15 minutes game that ended to the champions side with 6-4, 3-6, 7-6, 3-6, 10-8. Ladies title Being back in the court after a gap of months maternal break, it was full of emotion, yet so much power, Serena Williams was featured in her 29th Grand Slam finals, 23 times as victor, six as runner-up. All the spotlights were on her comeback in this season.
Saturday at All England Club, the sight of record championship was denied, by the hard hitting of German Angelique Kerber, 6-3, 6-3. Kerber kicked off by breaking William’s serve, that has not seen many times against Serena. Strong and determined Kerber moved ahead leading the game, as she was one of just five women who has beaten Williams in Grand Salm final. 65 minutes and she did it twice! Serena made her way to the finals after a fully controlled semi-final against Gorges, 6-2, 6-4. Kerber takes on Ostapenko in semi clash and ruled the court, 6-3, 6-3. Men’s Doubles The American pair, Mike Bryan and Jack Sock claimed the doubles title of Wimbledon 2018 after beating, Klaasen and Venus. It was Bryan’s 17th Grand Slam doubles title while maiden for Jack, also Mike was playing first time in a major title missing his twin brother Bob, affected by injury. Bryan has partnered with his twin for 76 consecutive Grand Slam, the most successful tennis pair. But with Sock, he is now the oldest man to win the men’s doubles title at the event, 40 years and 76 days. Mixed Pair title: Alexander Peya along with Nicole Melichor won the mixed doubles title with 7-6, 7-1, 6-3 against Jamie Murray and Victoria Azarenka. Murray and Azarenka after missing three chances to break in the first game, second set, were left behind as opponent stiff their grip on the game and took their momentum to victory.
It was Azarenka’s companionship, the two-time Australian Open winner, that influenced Murray to take part in the mixed event. As he initially decided to skip this event of the year to focus on the men’s doubles in regard to protect his sore knee. Other standing champions: Boys Single: Chun Hsin Tseng Girls Single: Iga Swiatek Ladies Invitation Doubles: Kim Clijsters & Rennae Stubbs Gentlemen’s Invitation Doubles: Tommy Haas, Mark Philippoussis L. Wheelchair Doubles: Diede De Groot & Yui Kamiji G. Wheelchair Singles: Stefan Olsson L. Wheelchair Singles: Diede De Groot. (First women to win wheelchair singles and doubles in the same year.) Gentlemen SNR. Invitation Doubles: Jonas Bjorkman & Todd Woodbridge. Girls Doubles: Xinyu Wang & Xiyu Wang Boys Doubles: Yanki Erel & Otto Virtanen. The winning stories from 2018’s event summarize a bounce back of champions, leaping the gaps of injuries, filling the space of absence from courts and some power shows that outclassed top favorites. As the onlooker enjoyed their adored players lifting the championships, some were left with dejected hearts. It happened after 6 Grand Slams that a final didn’t eye Rogers Federer and Rafa Nadal. But the fact remains that, shocks are thrillers of its own kind. UPSETS: Not much pleasant memories were created as Wimbledon 2018’s first week ended on a hectic note. In first six days, 41 seeded singles players were ousted by unranked, with a record seven top-10 seeds bowing out in the first round.
There is a scoop of players who went out earlier than expected, Nick Kyrgios, Petra Kvitova, Grigor Dimitrov, Dominic Thiem, and Caroline Wozniacki. The other most concerned were Roger Federer: One may run out of words to describe how unexpected this exit was. Eight times champion was sensationally knocked out from Wimbledon 2018 as Kevin Anderson shined. Federer after winning last year’s tournament without dropping a set has built a streak of whopping 32 straight. Chasing his 21st Grand Slam title the defending champion faced an epic defeat, 2-6, 6-7, 5-7, 7-5, 6-4. The 32 years old South African become the first from his country who fixed a spot in semi-finals since Kevin Curren 1983. it was 36-year old Roger’s earliest exit at the England Club since 2013. He was puzzled after the shock loss. “Sometimes you don’t feel good, and you try your best. Today was one of those days. I didn’t see it coming,” Federer. Simona Halep Halep was 5-2 in the deciding set, opponent Hsieh Su-Wei with her fight back pull the game to her side as she breaks the match point and conquered two games to seal the match, 3-6, 6-4, 7-5. It was a huge disappointment for Simona, the world NO.1, who was crowned champion in recently held French Open lost to Hsieh who had lost her first-round matches in current Wimbledon and had never advanced to third round. Marin Cilic: The match held between Marin Cilic and Guido Pella was a show that stunned the crowd.
The third-seed and 2017 runner-up was undoubtedly one of the contenders for the title. All was good for Cilic, he was on the way to a lead two set and advance, but rain interrupted the play. The next day all washed out for Marin as Guido showed a classic game with a frim and strong comeback to steal the show, 3-6, 6-1, 4-6, 6-7, 5-7. Garbine Mugurua: Garbine was in the court against Alison Van Uytvanck, who turned the table of prediction and won the game,7-5, 2-6, 1-6. Muguruza came back with 2-4 and claimed the first set, but the defending champion and 2015 runner-up was overruled by Alsion in the second and third game. Van was not expected to give a marvelous performance, keeping in mind that she has won only two matches at Wimbledon and had lost the only meeting between two. Maria Sharapova: Sharapova was outclassed by Vitalia Diatchenko in the early round of the tournament, after having a lead of one game Maria failed to continue the same pace. The game was continued for 3hours and 8 minutes and this neck to neck session was lastly ended to Vitalia’s side, 7-6, 6-7, 4-6. The five-time Grand Slam winner has yet to recover from drug ban trauma. Alexander Zverev: The world 3rd seeded lost the battle against Ernest Gulbis and ended his journey at Wimbledon 2018. Zverev has maintained high potential in ATP Master Event but has failed to show same class at Grand Slam, it has never gone past in any of the quarter-finals of any four. This is disappointing for a player of this altitude.
The part of summer when tennis balls hit the grass and the sound gathers crowd and royals around, belong to the only Grand Slam tennis event which is till date not played on any hard courts or clay but on the same surface from where it started, Wimbledon the oldest tennis tournament. The Ladies’ and Gentlemen’s here fought for the title and keep the courts lit during the entire event. The Manic Monday, the craziest game day of the season, that glued the tennis fanatics to the event updates with still chances of missing some game/s updates because it has 16 clashes in one day! Its unique at the Grand Slam, it collects all the players in action as the race to finals narrows its circle. Wimbledon, a mega event that involves all the emotion and definitely has its own standard hence, winning here truly makes the one a tennis legend.
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