It’s No.1 right now and he shouted it to Novak Djokovic The Carlos Alcarath! The unlikely Spaniard prevailed 3-2 sets (1-6, 7-6(6), 6-1, 3-6, 6-4) in the Wimbledon final and picked him up his second Grand Slam titleafter him at the US Open.
The battle was epic. It lasted 4 hours and 45 minutes, with the two tennis players stubbornly remaining in the claim of the match. It is characteristic that in the third set, Alkarath broke in a game lasting 26 minutes.
The 20-year-old dethroned Nole from the institution that has absolutely dominated in recent years, having won four titles in the last five years (he didn’t get the only one that… didn’t happen due to covid, in 2020).
Djokovic was sweeping in the first set. Although the Spaniard reached break point first at the beginning of the match, Nole stopped him and with two breaks he took a 5-0 lead. Alkarath took the first game for 5-1, but Djokovic responded with a love game and made the set 1-0.
The second set started the other way around. Alkarath made the break for 2-0 with the Serb immediately taking it back and leveling at 2-2. From there, the set was balanced, with both players reaching the tie break without threatening and being threatened. It was Djokovic who reached the set point first, but it was off target, with Alcarath not letting his own chance go to waste to level the set at 1-1.
With a lead from a thrilling second set, the Spaniard looked unyielding in the aftermath. He started the third set with a break and made it 2-0 relatively comfortably. The battle heated up after 3-1. In a game lasting 26 minutes, Alkarath made a second break, after six missed opportunities of his own and the same number of Nole’s to end the game in his favor. With acquired speed he made the 2-1 set with 6-1.
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