Djokovic Downs Federer in Five-Set Wimbledon Thriller

Nole winsBy JACK LeGWIN & ADAM ZAGORIA

When their near-four-hour instant classic in the Wimbledon final was over, Novak Djokovic could only thank Roger Federer for finally, mercifully letting it come to an end.

After mustering several Houdini-like comebacks in the fourth set, including saving a match point, Federer ran out of answers in the fifth and Djokovic emerged with a 6-7(7), 6-4, 7-6(4), 5-7, 6-4 victory.

“I respect your career and everything you have done and thank you for letting me win today,” Djokovic said upon winning his second Wimbledon title and seventh Grand Slam singles crown.

Djokovic, 27, will also claim the No.1 ranking when the new rankings come out Monday.

“I don’t know how I managed to do it,” he said. “This is the tournament I always dreamed of winning.” To read more of this story, click here

Federer-Djokovic by the Numbers

federer-djokovic1Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic will meet Sunday for the Wimbledon championship.

It is the 35th meeting between the rivals, but first in a Wimbledon final.

Here’s a breakdown by the numbers:

  Age
Grand Slam Titles
Wimbledon Titles
Head-to-head
On Grass
Grand Slam Matches
Grand Slam Finals
All Finals
Federer 32 17 7 18 1 6 1 4
Djokovic 27 6 1 16 0 5 0 5

After Capitalizing on Draw, Federer Poised for Major No. 18

Fed RaonicThis was always Roger Federer’s best shot at winning his 18th Major.

Wimbledon.

The green lawns of The All-England Club, where Federer is now poised to win an eighth crown after dispatching the Canadian Missile Milos Raonic, 6-4, 6-4, 6-4, thanks to one break in each set in the semifinals.

After taking advantage of a draw that broke his way — no Rafael Nadal in the semis — Federer now must earn it against top seed Novak Djokovic in Sunday’s final.

A win in that match would extend Federer’s lead over Nadal to 18-14 in career Majors, and give him some breathing room while Nadal continues to chalk up French Opens every year.

“It’s always great,” the 32-year-old Federer told the BBC of playing Djokovic for a fourth time this year. “We always play good matches against each other. We’ve played a lot actually recently in the last six months. It’s gone back and forth a bit. Novak anyway, he’s a great champion. He’s been around now for a long time so he’s used to these occasions as well and he’s already got the trophy here in the past so he knows how to get it done. So I hope it’s going to be a good match really.” To read more of this story, click here

Federer, Djokovic Advance to Wimbledon Semifinals as Half of Big 4 Survives

FedThe Big 4 is down but not out at Wimbledon.

Defending champion Andy Murray was ousted by Grigor Dimitrov in straight sets in the quarterfinals Wednesday, one day after two-time champion Rafael Nadal was excused by Australian sensation Nick Kyrgios.

For a while Wednesday, it appeared that the other half of the Big 4 might follow Nadal and Murray off the grounds of the All-England Club.

But top seed Novak Djokovic survived a five-set epic with Marin Cilic, 6-1, 3-6, 6-7(4), 6-2, 6-2, and seven-time champion Roger Federer overcame a one-set deficit to down his Swiss countryman Stan Wawrinka, 3-6, 7-6(5), 6-4, 6-4.

“Clearly it’s always a shock when a defending champion goes out and it puts even more pressure on the favorites really,” Federer told the BBC of Murray’s stunning upset at the hands of the man they call “Baby Fed.” To read more of this story, click here

Dimitrov Takes out Reigning Wimbledon Champ Murray

GrigorBy JACK LeGWIN

Special to ZAGSBLOG

Grigor Dimitrov could win Wimbledon.

The 23-year-old Bulgarian took it to the defending Wimbledon champion Andy Murray, blowing him off of the court 6-1, 7-6 (4), 6-2 in the quarterfinals and earning a spot in the semifinals on Friday against the winner of the Novak Djokovic - Marin Cilic match. 

Murray was uncharacteristically uneven against Dimitrov, missing many shots he normally would make, especially off of the forehand wing. Dimitrov finished with 32 winners and 10 unforced errors.

“As soon as we were warming up, I sensed his game was not at a high level,” Dimitrov, who won the Wimbledon warmup tournament at Queen’s Club, told the BBC. To read more of this story, click here

Nick Kyrgios Has Arrived

By JACK LeGWIN

Special to ZAGSBLOG

Tennis has a new rising star in Nick Kyrgios.

The youngest player in the Wimbledon men’s singles draw at 19 years old, Kyrgios took out Rafael Nadal in four sets in the Round of 16 at Wimbledon 7-6 (5), 5-7, 7-6, 6-3, closing the match out with his 37th ace.

Kyrgios is the first player ranked outside the top 100 to beat the No. 1-ranked player in the world at Wimbledon since 1992. To read more of this story, click here

Djokovic Says Shoulder is OK After Awkward Fall

NoleNovak Djokovic, the top seed at Wimbledon and the 2011 champion, says his left shoulder is fine after he took an awkward fall in the third set of his victory Friday over Gilles Simon.

“Yes, it was a sharp pain when I fell,” he told the BBC after his 6-4, 6-2, 6-4 third-round win. “It was an awkward fall. I was just hoping there was nothing going on bad in the joint. And luckily there is no damage in the joint. I could play a few games after that and just the muscle was quite sore because of the impact. All in all I’m just very glad to get through.”

With Simon serving at 2-3, 40-30 in the third set, Djokovic tumbled to the ground while trying to return a forehand and rolled on his left shoulder, causing John McEnroe to speculate on air that the Serb might have separated his shoulder. Djokovic appeared to be in serious pain and then called for the ATP trainer. To read more of this story, click here

Defending Champ Murray Could Meet No. 1 Djokovic in Wimbledon Semifinals; Federer, Nadal on Collision Course

Defending Wimbledon champion Andy Murray could meet top seed Novak Djokovic in one Wimbledon semifinal, while longtime rivals Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal are seeded to meet in the other.

The draw was made on Friday.

Murray last year became the first British man in 77 years to win Wimbledon when he took out Djokovic in straight sets in the final.

Federer has won Wimbledon seven times, with the last of his all-time best 17 Major titles coming there in 2012.

Djokovic captured the Wimbledon crown in 2011 and Nadal in 2010, meaning each member of the Big Four has taken home the title in the last four years. To read more of this story, click here

Djokovic, Serena Named Top Seeds at Wimbledon

Serena(AP) – Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams were seeded No. 1 for Wimbledon on Wednesday, while defending men’s champion Andy Murray was bumped up two spots above his world ranking to No. 3.

Djokovic, the 2011 Wimbledon champion, is ranked No. 2 but was given the top seeding by the All England Club ahead of top-ranked Rafael Nadal.

Nadal, a two-time Wimbledon champion who is coming off his ninth French Open title, is seeded No. 2 for the grass-court Grand Slam, which starts on Monday.

Murray last year became the first British player to win the Wimbledon men’s title since 1936. To read more of this story, click here

Nadal Wins 9th French Open Title and 14th Major, Ties Sampras for 2nd All-Time

Nadal trophyRafael Nadal continues to cement his position as the Greatest of All Time in men’s tennis.

Nadal extended his domination on Court Philippe Chatrier, winning his ninth Roland Garros title and 14th Grand Slam championship with a  3-6, 7-5, 6-2, 6-4 victory over Novak Djokovic in the 42nd meeting between the two rivals.

Djokovic double-faulted on match point to conclude the 3-hour, 31-minute affair.

Nadal is now tied with Pete Sampras at No. 2 on the all-time men’s list behind Roger Federer’s 17 Majors. He will also retain his No. 1 world ranking heading into Wimbledon later this month.

Nadal is the first man in history to win five consecutive Roland Garros titles, and the first to win nine titles at any one Grand Slam.

To put his nine French Open titles in perspective, that is more than the total number of Majors won by Andre Agassi, Ivan Lendl or Jimmy Connors.

Bjorn Borg, the Swedish legend who won Roland Garros six times en route to 11 Majors, presented Nadal with the championship trophy. To read more of this story, click here