Wimbledon champion Carlos Alcaraz ,Carlos Alcaraz signaled the end of Novak Djokovic’s long reign on Sunday at Wimbledon, delivering a stunning victory in their first-ever club trophy match. Alcaraz triumphed with a scoreline of 1-6, 7-6(6), 6-1, 3-6, 6-4, claiming his first title.
The 36-year-old Serbian player had been undefeated on Wimbledon’s Centre Court for nearly a decade, but finally, the young gun Alcaraz stopped him from winning another title. Djokovic’s racket carried the weight of his frustration when he struck the net cord with a forehand slice, leaving the Spanish player inspired to conquer the celebration.Learn more
“This is a lifelong dream for me. It’s incredible to make history in this beautiful competition,” Alcaraz commented while holding the trophy at the presentation ceremony.
Following his victory, Alcaraz paid tribute to the players who had been denied the Wimbledon title for five consecutive editions. He referred to them as “a chapter in the book,” signifying the significance of this achievement.
“I congratulate Novak. It’s incomparable to play against him. You inspire me for my entire life. I was born to win competitions like this,” he added.
A Swift Start
At just 18 years old, Alcaraz snatched his first ATP title by defeating Djokovic in the first set, breaking the men’s record of the ninth Wimbledon title from two sets down.
Djokovic seemed disoriented and unsettled, facing a long stretch of play to begin his service. He had been warned before about taking too much time in initiating his serve.
All these years, no player could stop Alcaraz from becoming the youngest champion of the Challenge Cup since Boris Becker in 1986. However, when Djokovic executed a forehand scoop at the net, it stirred the Spanish player to retaliate in the celebration.
“This is a lifelong dream for me. This victory in such a magnificent competition is extraordinary,” Alcaraz commented during the trophy presentation.
Subsequently, Alcaraz paid homage to those players who had been denied Wimbledon titles for 36 years, referring to it as a “battle of the books” in the summary of the memorable game.
“I have to congratulate Novak. It’s unimaginable to play against him. It’s an honor for me. You are my inspiration. When I was born, you were winning championships,” he expressed.
The second set was filled with drama as Alcaraz clashed with Djokovic’s barrage of drop shots and repeatedly slid across the court. At 3-3, Alcaraz finally responded to one such attempt by Djokovic with a stunning slide on the grass.
Despite finding success at the net, he still had an open chance to register his name on the scoreboard, but Alcaraz played an excellent backhand return and secured the victory against Djokovic’s backhand. Returning to the baseline, Djokovic could only watch in astonishment.
In the second set, the Spaniard claimed a 2-0 lead with a blistering display, which left Djokovic struggling to find his rhythm.
In the third set, Djokovic faced another setback as he fell behind 3-1, but this time he couldn’t overcome it.
Despite witnessing some of the highest-quality sets in this year’s championship, Alcaraz’s powerful returns in the baseline rallies received tremendous applause from the enthusiastic crowd.
“Carlos, Carlos, Carlos” echoed across the court when Alcaraz broke Djokovic’s serve in a marathon mental and physical battle on his seventh break point in the third set, winning it 7-6(13).
This disrupted Djokovic’s invincibility, and in the fourth set, the Serb failed to capitalize on his chances as Alcaraz secured the victory, allowing him to become the second player to defeat Djokovic in a Grand Slam this year.