Tops and Flops of Wimbledon 2019


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Tops and Flops of Wimbledon 2019

TOPS Novak Djokovic, 10 and counting. "When I hear the crowd sing 'Roger', I imagine they are singing 'Novak'" This is the mental essence of this great champion, able to win Wimbledon for the fifth time, after an exhausting battle of almost five hours.

Facilitated by an easy draw and by the very slow and controversial grass of the courts, Federer's records and the title of GOAT are even closer. Formality! Roger Federer, 10. He will have nightmares for weeks about the two match-points wasted on his service.

It is the third consecutive defeat against Djokovic in a Wimbledon final, the fourth in the last four challenge played in the Major against the Serb. A virus that is becoming chronic, with no cure. But his tennis reaches peaks of invaluable beauty, even on the eve of 38 years-old, and it can last much longer.

Wonderful! Rafael Nadal, 8. He arrives in the semifinals without wasting energy, but this time it was Federer who prevails. There are fewer regrets than in 2018, but his rivalry with Federer has been going against the trend, for almost three years now (The Swiss won 7 of the last 8 meetings, also considering the Indian Wells 2019 walkover).

Impossible to do better! Roberto Bautista, 8. To see the Spaniard in the semifinals at Wimbledon may seem like a figment of the imagination. The very slow surface takes him to where he will never go in his career, but it is still a well-deserved prize for a great tournament.

And he also won a set againt Djokovic. Seasonal worker! Kei Nishikori and Sam Querrey, 7. The ubiquitous Nishikori slams into the quarterfinals again, showing an impassable limit to get to the bottom when playing to the best of five sets (excluding the US Open 2014).

Querry rises again at Church Road, but to beat Nadal was an impossible task. The usual! Andy Murray, 10. See him again on the courts, even if only in men's doubles and mixed doubles, is already a miracle. Wimbledon 2019 is a key point for his amazing career, which can start again from Church Road.

Sometimes they come back! Simona Halep, 10. She ridiculed Serena Williams in 54 minutes, winning her second Slam on a playing surface more like her beloved clay than that of a real grass-courts. Her mental lability is now only a distant memory.

Her winning career will bring her other Majors. Wall! Serena Williams, 9. She arrives in the final as a favorite, but for the third consecutive time she loses the chance to reach the much-dreamed record. Her defeat is derived from a psychological rather than a physical factor.

The record will come sooner or later, but for now it is better not to think about it. Mission Impossible! Elina Svitolina, 8. Finally she goes beyond the quarter-finals in a Grand Slam, after six months of psycho-physical lethargy.

Her season can start from Church Road. Resurrected! Barbora Strycova, 8. She is the classic surprise of the women's tournament. And she wins the title of the women's doubles. The perfect week! Cori Gauff, 7. American women's tennis has found a new star.

At fifteen years-old she showed an interesting charisma and an already excellent tennis. But now comes the most difficult task. A star is born! FLOPS Fabio Fognini, 4. The third round lost againt Sandgren sent him out of phase.

The abusive phrases against the All England Club were resolved with the apology of the Italian and a fine. A player with Fabio's tennis can do better on grass-courts. Drama queen! Alexander Zverev, Stefanos Tsitsipas and the others Next Gen, 4.

They arrived at Wimbledon with great expectations. As always beaten by the Old Gen, they come back home among the raspberries. Fake! Nick Kyrgios and Bernard Tomic, 4. Incomprehensibles. As always. UFO! Naomi Osaka, 4. After the Australian Open the compass went crazy and the Japanese lost somewhere, along with her tennis and her physical power.

She may be a true leader but she must find continuity. Still bad! Garbine Muguruza and Petra Kvitova, 4. They still disappoint. Continuity is evidently a notion that they cannot assimilate. Background actresses! The tournament, 5.5.

Saved from one of the finest finals ever and by the renovated facilities. Men's final apart, the emotions were few, the level of play was lower than in 2018 and 2017. And the playing surface is now so slow that it doesn't look like grass, anymore.

The querelle of Tomic, Kyrgios and Fognini gave a bit of pepper to a strangely soporific edition. Reviewable!