London | The Prince dethroned the King on Sunday in London. At just 20 years old, Carlos Alcaraz stole the king’s chair from Novak Djokovic, but he has been tough since 2014 in the middle of Wimbledon, after a majestic final, at the height of the feast that Djoko promised two days ago.
Djoko who surely had no doubts would see his eighth All England Club crown slip from his hands only to end up in the hands of the prodigy.
A player 16 years younger than him, despite his talent, was unable to fulfill his potential against him last month at Roland Garros.
But this time the Spaniard did it. By winning 1-6, 7-6 (6), 6-1, 3-6 and 6-4 after more than 4 hours and 40 minutes of play, Alcaraz won its first title in London, its second Grand Slam trophy after Last year’s US Open, he was ranked No. 1 in the world on Monday.
A dream come true
The prodigy has also proven that unlike his new generation friends who struggle to find their bearings in the face of legend, he is in a class of his own.
“It’s a dream come true,” Alcaraz told reporters after his victory. To be champion at Wimbledon was something I really wanted. Beating Novak when he’s at his best here, writing history by defeating this player who’s been unbeaten in central defense for 10 years, it’s unbelievable to me.
First dope run
The impossible passes and improbable angles that are Carlitos’ hallmark allowed him to forget this first round during which he didn’t look like he was of caliber on the turf, against the man with 23 major titles.
And to turn this finale, which was on its way to becoming a psychedelic, into the glitzy poster it promised. As tempting, if not more so, than the strawberries with cream the boisterous crowd at the center table sipped, taking sips from Pimm’s.
In search of a show, these spectators in flowery dresses and pretty jackets mostly supported Alcaraz, with deafening standing ovations celebrating his magic touches.
Missed an appointment with history
Djokovic played well with them, as he did in the semifinals, when he was still the underdog to another youngster, the Italian Jannik Siner.
Until the end of the second set, the veteran also praised his opponent’s great shots as if they were just light entertainment on his way to 24.H Grand Slam Cup.
An achievement that would have allowed him to join Margaret Court in the history books, at the age of 36, having surpassed Rafael Nadal’s men’s mark last month in Paris. and winning a fifth consecutive title in London, a feat that both Roger Federer and Bjorn Borg, in men, can boast of achieving.
His biggest regret
But the winds that blew through London on Sunday ended up in the Spaniard’s favor when he won the second set tie-break.
Since then, Dioku’s criticisms of the ruling have become more serious. His pale gaze seemed to disappear, giving way to a certain nervousness.
It was the first tiebreaker he had lost in a major tournament since Roland Garros last year at the hands of Rafael Nadal.
This was the moment he regretted the most in front of the reporters after he moved on the ground. “I hit a really bad two-stroke,” he admitted. At that moment, he raised his game so much, I was no longer myself.
abort the loser
In reality. As do opponents who generally abuse them on the court, so we saw him imitate some of his blows after an unforced foul.
Because now Alcaraz, in addition to his offensive game, has been hurting him with the weapons the Serb usually uses: a great defensive and aggressive service return. The show started off really well.
Despite his pride in the fourth set, he ended up downing Djokovic for good in the final round.
In front of many very well-known names – Including actor Brad PittAnd singer Ariana Grande and, of course, Kate Middleton, as well as Prince William – the second favorite kicked the racket into the net when it was broken in the fifth inning.
his name in history
Meanwhile, Alcaraz did not lose his composure despite the enormity of the moment, in this center where time once again stopped, as it often did on the last Sunday of two weeks.
In a forehand that Djokovic headed home, late in the afternoon in London, the prodigy inscribed his name forever on this trophy that represents the sport’s greatest.
Is this the beginning of a great rivalry? “I hope for it. Especially if it turns in my favor!” commented the Serb, a good player in an interview despite the disappointment of this 12.H Only defeat in 35 major finals.
“Why not? I think it’s good for the sport. No. 1 and No. 2 in the world competing in a five-hour marathon. What more could tennis ask for?”
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