Thursday, May 23, 2024

Alcaraz Ends Djokovic Streak and Claims Wimbledon Crown

Sunday’s Wimbledon final was billed as the ‘ultimate showdown’ by Alcaraz’s opponent, the seven-time champion, Novak Djokovic, and the Spaniard responded with a suitably inspired performance for a 1-6, 7-6(6), 6-1, 3-6, 6-4 victory. Alcaraz recovered from a shaky start to deliver a high-quality championship-match display and become just the fifth man in the Open Era to win multiple major titles prior to turning 21.

“It’s a dream come true for me,” said Alcaraz, who also guaranteed he would remain at No. 1 in Monday’s Pepperstone ATP Rankings with his win. “As I said before, of course, it’s great to win, but even if I had lost, I would be really proud of myself for this amazing run. Making history in this beautiful tournament, playing a final against a legend of our sport.

“It’s a dream come true 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.”

Alcaraz Ends Djokovic Streak and Claims Wimbledon Crown

Alcaraz, who won his first major at the 2022 US Open, snapped Djokovic’s 34-match winning streak at Wimbledon with his four-hour, 42-minute victory in an SW19 classic. The 20-year-old, whose brand of huge groundstrokes and delicate touches has lit up the All England Club this fortnight, is just the fourth active male player to lift the trophy at the All England Club, after Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray.