Novak Djokovic gave his best in his ninth Wimbledon title on Sunday, seeking his eighth title and hoping to match Roger Federer's record. Instead, Novak experienced his first Wimbledon final loss since 2013, falling to Carlos Alcaraz 1-6, 7-6, 6-1, 3-6, 6-4 in four hours and 42 minutes.
Thus, Djokovic is now 23-12 in the Major finals, earning a negative record and becoming the only player with 12 runner-up trophies, leaving Ivan Lendl and Roger Federer on 11! Of course, you must play many Major finals to get a place on that list, and Novak stands alone on 35.
The Serb leads the pack with 23 Major crowns, and he is now the only player with 12 defeats in the title matches. Djokovic was 11-2 in the Major finals since Wimbledon 2018, dominating the crucial encounters and experiencing losses to Rafael Nadal and Daniil Medvedev.
Now, the 20-year-old Alcaraz is also on that list, competing in his first Wimbledon final and prevailing in a five-setter to write tennis history.
Novak Djokovic is the only player with 12 Major finals losses.
Both players grabbed five breaks, and the young gun succeeded in the pivotal moments.
Novak made a perfect start, securing the opener in 34 minutes and creating a set point in the second set's tie break that could have sent him miles in front. However, his backhand let him down, and Carlos stole the breaker 8-6 to level the overall score after two hours.
The Spaniard ended the Serb's streak of 15 consecutive tie breaks won at Majors this year and gained a boost. Carlos stormed over Novak in the third set, stealing his serve three times, the same number of breaks Novak experienced in six matches before the final!
The fifth game saw 13 deuces and 32 points, lasting 27 minutes and taking a lot of energy out of Djokovic, who served. Carlos seized the seventh break point when Novak netted a forehand to earn an enormous boost and steal the veteran's power.
The Spaniard held at 15 in the sixth game and closed the set with another break a few minutes later for a massive advantage ahead of set number four. Novak took an extended break and defended two break points in the second game to end his downfall.
The Serb raised his level on the return to grab breaks in games five and nine and wrap up the set 6-3, ready to give his everything and keep his great score in Wimbledon five-setters. They missed a break point in games one and two of the final set, with Djokovic netting a drive-volley in the second game that would cost him dearly.
Carlos delivered a break in game three with a backhand down the line winner and moved closer to the finish line. Alcaraz served for the title at 5-4 and held at 30 after forcing Djokovic's error to lift his second Major trophy at 20.
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