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Wimbledon has been canceled for the first time since World War II because of the coronavirus pandemic.
It was more a canvas than a court. For nearly five hours Sunday, Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer, relentless rivals atop the tennis world, were pure artists, placing the ball with surgical precision, sliding acrobatically across the grass, somehow getting their rackets on dropshots that should have been out of reach. In the end, it was top-seeded Djokovic who emerged victorious by the narrowest of margins, 7-6 (5), 1-6, 7-6 (4), 4-6, 13-12 (3), winning his fifth Wimbledon singles title in the first championship decided by final-set tiebreak – a rule put in place by the tournament in October.
Simona Halep joined the list of tennis royalty at Wimbledon and then got a bit star struck at meeting the real thing. The Duchess of Cambridge and the Duchess of Sussex watched from the front row of the Royal Box on Centre Court as Halep beat seven-time Wimbledon champion Serena Williams 6-2, 6-2 in the women’s singles final. Halep said “it was an extra boost when I saw all of them there.” She later got to meet Kate after being awarded the trophy.
Serena Williams’ 6-2, 6-2 loss to Simona Halep at the All England Club was her third consecutive defeat in a Grand Slam final. The 37-year-old American has lost five of her past seven title matches at major tournaments after winning 21 of the first 25 in her career. Williams has 23 Grand Slam titles. That is a record for the professional era and one short of the highest total in tennis history.
Roger Federer will be seeking his record ninth Wimbledon title when he faces defending champion Novak Djokovic in the final. Federer and Djokovic know each other very well. This will be their 48th match as professionals and record 16th at a Grand Slam tournament. Djokovic leads their series 25-22 overall, 9-6 at majors and 2-1 at Wimbledon. He is chasing his fifth trophy at the All England Club.
Simona Halep stunned Serena Williams 6-2, 6-2 in less than an hour to win her first Wimbledon title. Halep played pretty much perfectly throughout. Williams was trying to win her 24th Grand Slam trophy but lost in the final at the All England Club for the second year in a row.
Novak Djokovic won the longest point ever recorded at Wimbledon in his semifinal victory over Roberto Bautista Agut. Djokovic ended a 45-stroke rally with a backhand winner down the line to save a break point in the third set. The defending champion held serve to make it 5-2 and went on to win the match 6-2, 4-6, 6-3, 6-2.
Serena Williams will be seeking her eighth Wimbledon title when she faces Simona Halep in the final. Williams also can collect her 24th Grand Slam singles trophy overall. Halep will be in the fifth major final of her career and first at the All England Club. Her only Grand Slam title came at the French Open last year.
Roger Federer got past Rafael Nadal in four sets to reach his 12th Wimbledon final. Federer is trying to win his ninth title at the All England Club. Federer’s opponent in the title match will be defending champion Novak Djokovic.
Roger Federer isn’t entirely sure whether it’s the grass courts themselves or the tennis balls but he does know this: Something feels slower about the way Wimbledon is playing nowadays. Federer’s semifinal opponent Rafael Nadal disagrees. Here’s who really knows the answer: The folks at the International Tennis Federation whose job it is to test and approve courts, balls and other equipment for tournaments around the world.
Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal will be meeting at a second consecutive Grand Slam tournament when they face off in Wimbledon’s semifinals. They hadn’t played each other anywhere in nearly two years until Nadal beat Federer on the French Open’s red clay last month. Now Federer gets a shot at Nadal on the grass of the All England Club.
Serena Williams closed in on an eighth Wimbledon championship and 24th Grand Slam title overall by overwhelming Barbora Strycova 6-1, 6-2 in the semifinals. Williams reached her 11th final at the All England Club and will meet Simona Halep for the title. Halep got to her first final at Wimbledon by beating Elina Svitolina 6-1, 6-3.
Novak Djokovic only has to look back a few months to remind himself that he shouldn’t underestimate his next opponent at Wimbledon. The top-ranked Serb will be facing a player in Roberto Bautista Agut who beat him in both of their meetings in 2019 on hard courts in Doha and Miami.
Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal will play each other in the Wimbledon semifinals in their first matchup at the All England Club since their thrilling five-set final in 2008. Novak Djokovic meets Roberto Bautista Agut in the other semifinal. Federer beat Kei Nishikori, Nadal beat Sam Querrey, Djokovic beat David Goffin and Bautista Agut beat Guido Pella.
Johanna Konta didn’t appreciate having her performance questioned after losing in the quarterfinals at Wimbledon. Konta got into a testy exchange with a reporter after losing to Barbora Strycova. She was asked whether it was her own mistakes that were at fault for the result. Konta told the reporter “please don’t patronize me.”
Serena Williams dealt with an injured ankle and a third-set deficit before coming back to beat Alison Riske in three sets to reach the Wimbledon semifinals. Williams will try to move closer to her eighth title at the All England Club and 24th Grand Slam trophy overall when she faces first-time major semifinalist Barbora Strycova in the semifinals. The other semifinal will be Simona Halep against Elina Svitolina.
Serena Williams walked into her news conference at Wimbledon holding her phone, a cold bottle of water and a statistics sheet that reinforced what was clear from watching her third-round singles victory Saturday: She is as close to being back to her best as she’s been in a while.
Guido Pella is making a habit of beating the previous runner-up at Wimbledon. The Argentine player eliminated 2018 finalist Kevin Anderson in the third round and last year beat 2017 finalist Marin Cilic in the second. Perhaps it’s only fitting that another former Wimbledon runner-up will be waiting next. Pella will face 2016 Wimbledon finalist Milos Raonic.
Fifteen-year-old American Coco Gauff came back after facing two match points and beat Polona Hercog in three sets at Centre Court to reach the fourth round of Wimbledon. This is Gauff’s first Grand Slam tournament. She is the youngest player to get this far at the All England Club since Jennifer Capriati reached the semifinals at the age of 15 in 1991. Next for Gauff is a match against former No. 1 Simona Halep.
Lauren Davis wasn’t even supposed to be playing in Wimbledon’s main draw. She certainly was supposed to upset defending champion Angelique Kerber in the second round. But that’s exactly what happened for the 25-year-old American. Davis lost in qualifying but got into Wimbledon when another player withdrew – a “lucky loser” in tennis parlance.