London: In a stunning upset, 20-year-old Carlos Alcaraz of Spain triumphed over the world’s top-ranked tennis player, Novak Djokovic, to capture the prestigious Wimbledon men’s singles title. Alcaraz’s remarkable victory halted Djokovic’s pursuit of a calendar Grand Slam this year, leaving the Serbian superstar just one major title short of Margaret Court’s all-time record.
In a gripping five-set battle that lasted four hours and 42 minutes, Alcaraz overcame a slow start to secure a 1-6, 7-6, 6-1, 3-6, 6-4 triumph, leaving spectators in awe of the young Spaniard’s tenacity and skill. It marked Alcaraz’s second Grand Slam title, having previously clinched the US Open crown the previous year.
The first set saw Djokovic dominate the court, leaving Alcaraz with little room to breathe. However, the determined Spaniard staged a remarkable comeback, taking the second set in a tightly contested tiebreak. Alcaraz then capitalised on his newfound momentum, seizing control of the match in the third set with his relentless shot-making and remarkable court coverage.
Undeterred, Djokovic demonstrated his champion’s spirit in the fourth set, levelling the match and setting the stage for a thrilling final set. Both players fought tooth and nail, exchanging powerful groundstrokes and demonstrating their mental fortitude. Ultimately, it was Alcaraz who emerged victorious, sealing the final set 6-4 with an array of breathtaking winners.
After the match, Alcaraz expressed his elation at achieving a lifelong dream, stating, “It’s a dream come true. It’s great to win, but even if I’d lost, I’d have been very proud playing against a legend of our sport. For me, it’s incredible.” The young Spaniard also paid tribute to Djokovic, acknowledging his role as an inspiration and expressing gratitude for the opportunity to compete against him.
Djokovic, gracious in defeat, praised Alcaraz’s performance, recognising the rising star’s exceptional talent. Reflecting on the match, Djokovic said, “I thought I’d only have trouble with you on clay and hard courts, but now… You never like to lose matches like this, but when all the emotions have settled, I have to be very happy.”