Carlos Alcaraz (No. 1-Spain) won his first career Wimbledon men’s singles title after defeating Novak Djokovic (No. 2-Serbia) in a “match of the century” to claim the tournament’s £44.7 million ($74.3 billion) prize fund.
Alcaraz defeated Djokovic 3-2 (1-6 7-6<8-6> 6-1 3-6 6-4) in four hours and 42 minutes to lift the men’s singles final on the final day of the tournament at the All England Club in London, England, on Saturday.
The 20-year-old Alcaraz, who has been touted as one of the most remarkable performers of the next generation by becoming the youngest player ever to reach the world No. 1 ranking, was crowned the “new emperor” of men’s tennis by upsetting the “strongest” Djokovic, who has won a career-high 23 majors, in a major final.
It marks the end of a nearly two-decade-long era of the men’s tennis “big three.
It was the first time in 21 years since Lleyton Hewitt (retired, Australia) won the men’s singles title at Wimbledon in 2002 that a player other than the Big Three of Djokovic, Rafael Nadal (ranked 136th, Spain), and Roger Federer (retired, Switzerland), and the British-born Andy Murray (ranked 40th, Great Britain), who had a strong presence at Wimbledon (winning twice) and was sometimes lumped in with them as the “Big Four.
Alcaraz took a 2-1 lead in the head-to-head series against Djokovic.
He avenged a 1-3 loss in the semifinals of this year’s French Open.
Alcaraz, who won his first major title at the US Open last year, increased his career total to two with the win.
Alcaraz, whose inexperience on grass courts has made him less effective than on clay and hard courts, won his first grass-court title at The Queen’s Club Cincinnati Championships last month and went on to dominate at Wimbledon, upgrading him at a young age to a player who excels on all court surfaces.
With the win, Alcaraz will hold the top spot for the fourth week in a row when the weekly rankings are released on Sunday. Had he lost, he would have lost the top spot to Djokovic.
Alcaraz will receive £2.35 million in prize money for the win.
Djokovic lost his fifth straight Wimbledon title and eighth overall.
At 36 years old, Djokovic’s records for most Wimbledon men’s singles titles (eight) and oldest (35 years, 11 months, 8 days) will remain Federer’s for the foreseeable future.
On the day, Djokovic raced to a comfortable 5-0 lead in the first set against a less-than-fresh-faced Alcaraz.
Alcaraz fought back to ‘zero’ his second set shots.
He leveled the match in the tiebreak with an exquisite volley that fooled Djokovic to win the point.
Alcaraz put the brakes on Djokovic’s six-match tiebreak winning streak in the tournament 메이저사이트.
In the third set, with Alcaraz leading 3-1 in the game, the two players traded deuces 13 times.
After more than 25 minutes of action, Alcaraz saved a break point and roared back to take the third set and the match 2-1.
Djokovic, who played with his left thigh taped up, showed signs of discomfort in the fourth set, hitting the area with his racket several times, but he persevered and saved points, eventually pushing the match to a fifth set.
Alcaraz broke Djokovic’s third service game to take the lead, and Djokovic responded by slamming his racket into the net post.
After Djokovic’s final shot failed to clear the net to seal the victory, Alcaraz laid down on the court and held his face in his hands in triumph.