Carlos Alcaraz Defeats Novak Djokovic to Win Wimbledon

WIMBLEDON, England – Carlos Alcaraz said he wanted to have a different swing against Novak Djokovic. He believed it would make winning the Wimbledon championship even more special. Well, Alcaraz got his chance to face Djokovic. And he beat him.

Alcaraz shrugged off a rough start and rallied to take the lead, ending Djokovic’s 34-match winning streak at the All England Club by defeating him 1-6, 7-6 (6), 6-1, 3-6, 6-4 in a thrilling five-set final on Sunday, securing his first-ever title at the prestigious Grand Slam event, Wimbledon.

Number one seed Alcaraz prevented Djokovic from claiming his eighth Wimbledon title and fifth consecutive victory on grass. Djokovic also fell short of capturing his 24th career major title.

Instead of Djokovic, the 36-year-old from Serbia, becoming the oldest male champion at Wimbledon in the Open Era, it was 20-year-old Alcaraz from Spain who became the third-youngest. The age gap between the two was the largest in any men’s Grand Slam final since 1974.

So, with youth on Alcaraz’s side, something he had already shown, of course, when they met at the French Open last month. It was an extraordinary affair through two sets before Alcaraz struggled and faded. This time, he had the stamina and shots to outlast Djokovic.

Alcaraz was faster and had more power – serving at speeds of 130 mph, hitting forehands at 100 mph – but Djokovic possessed a myriad of skills and a wealth of muscle memory. He was there, and did that, in a way that Alcaraz, until now, could only dream of.

But if this victory on a cloudy and windy day on Centre Court, where Djokovic last lost in the final in 2013, is any indication, then Alcaraz is on his way to achieving quite a feat.

However, it’s entirely new for him: Djokovic’s 35th Grand Slam final is Alcaraz’s second.

Yet, Alcaraz is the one who pulled off a small masterpiece of 32 points in 25 minutes of the third-set tiebreaker. And it was Alcaraz who surged ahead by breaking for a 2-1 lead in the fifth set with a lefty passing shot winner. Djokovic, who slipped while going for a shot but quickly got up, responded by smashing his racket into the net post, letting go as they collided. He destroyed his equipment and was penalized by chair umpire Fergus Murphy for a code violation.

They would play another 24 minutes, extending the total match time to over 4 and a half hours, but Alcaraz never wavered, never gave up. And it was Alcaraz, not Djokovic, who lifted the trophy in the evening.

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