Novak Djokovic has won this year’s Wimbledon title after beating Roger Federer in a thrilling final.
Novak Djokovic, 27, came through 6-7 (7-9) 6-4 7-6 (7-4) 5-7 6-4 to win his second Wimbledon and seventh Grand Slam title.
After letting a championship point slip in the fourth set, the Serb won Wimbledon’s first five-set final since 2009.
Novak Djokovic has won this year’s Wimbledon title after beating Roger Federer in a thrilling final
Novak Djokovic had lost his previous three major finals, and will now reclaim the number one ranking from Rafael Nadal.
Roger Federer, 32, had hoped to surpass Pete Sampras with an eighth title and become the oldest winner in modern times.
The Swiss was willed on by much of the 15,000-strong crowd throughout the final, with chants of “Roger! Roger!” ringing around Centre Court when he reeled off five successive games from 5-2 down in the fourth set.
Novak Djokovic recovered his nerve to fend off break points in the decider and clinch a dramatic win after three hours and 56 minutes, before kneeling on the turf and eating some grass – just as he had done after winning in 2011.
Czech tennis player Petra Kvitova has won her second Wimbledon title after defeating Canada’s Eugenie Bouchard in this year’s final.
The Czech sixth seed reclaimed the title she first won in 2011 with a 6-3 6-0 victory in 55 minutes against Eugenie Bouchard.
Petra Kvitova has won her second Wimbledon title after defeating Canada’s Eugenie Bouchard in this year’s final
Petra Kvitova, 24, has won her second major title which will see her move up to fourth in the world rankings.
Eugenie Bouchard, 20, had made history by becoming the first Canadian to reach a Grand Slam final.
The 20-year-old had won junior Wimbledon just two years ago and was one win from taking the senior title in only her sixth Grand Slam tournament, but came up against a player in remarkable form.
The only thing that might have troubled a rampant Petra Kvitova was the weather, but early rain cleared and the roof was opened long enough for the final before being brought across for the trophy presentation.
Serena Williams was forced to pull out of her Wimbledon doubles match after just three games on July 1 after appearing disoriented on court.
Before Tuesday’s second round doubles match at Wimbledon, Serena Williams, 32, was struggling to hit balls, seemed disoriented and even started crying.
The world No. 1 looked off during warmups, as she struggled to catch balls thrown to her and hit balls to her desired target. She also had trouble picking them up from the ground.
And then things got even worse for her during the match.
Serena Williams was forced to pull out of her Wimbledon doubles match after just three games after appearing disoriented on court (photo Business Insider)
After some disturbingly bad and bizarre play, which caused one of the commentators to declare that she’s “never seen anything like this before,” the match was ended on a forfeit from Serena and Venus Williams.
The second-round doubles match against Kristina Barrois and Stefanie Voegele was put off for over 10 minutes while she sat in her sideline chair and appeared to wipe her eyes as her blood pressure was checked.
Although no one is totally sure what happened, on Saturday, after losing to Alize Cornet, Serena Williams said in a post-game interview: “I suck right now at doubles. I told Venus the other day I don’t even want to play because I’m so bad right now. She should get a new partner.”
According to SI Tennis, the official reason for Serena Williams’ exit was “viral illness.”
One of Wimbledon tennis tournament’s most storied traditions is the all-white dress code, which has been in effect at the All England Lawn Tennis & Croquet Club since 1877, even before the championships began.
Previously, some female players have tried to skirt the rule by donning a splash of color underneath their all-white outfits, like Serena Williams did in 2013.
So the officials introduced a stricter edict in 2014 that said: “Undergarments that either are or can be visible during play (including due to perspiration) must also be completely white and contain no more than 1cm of coloured trim.”
Former Wimbledon winner Pat Cash, who was forced to withdraw from the Wimbledon Majors tournament after his tennis shoes failed to pass dress code muster, called this rule “archaic.”
However, according to The Irish Examiner, Caroline Wozniacki didn’t see any uproar in the locker rooms over the newly-amended rule.
Wimbledon’s all-white dress code has been in effect since 1877, even before the championships began (photo Getty Images)
“I guess white is white and everyone wears white. It’s the same for everyone,” she said.
“I don’t think anyone is like showing off their underwear like that and getting it checked. That would be pretty creepy.”
“If we are playing in white, we should wear white underwear. But it’s kind of weird officials coming and checking. I think it’s strange,” Czech player Barbora Zahlavova Strycova reportedly said after her match against Li Na on Friday.
Third-seed Simona Halep didn’t mind the all-white rule at all.
“I think it’s special to play here. They have the special rules because you have to be in white. I think it’s not really difficult to get white clothes,” the Irish Examiner reported Simona Halep as saying.
“So I like this tradition. It’s really nice to see everybody in white clothes.”
Venus Williams had said that she would wear a splash of color under her Wimbledon whites in her Twitter feed: “RT @EleVenbyVenus: I may be in Wimbledon whites, but an EleVen #fashion show of color is underneath. #tiedye#python.”
After her win on Wednesday, Venus Williams told the Irish Independent: “I think it’s a nice change. I think everyone just kind of glows in white. Obviously not all year, because anything every day is boring. But during these two weeks, it’s nice.”