Wimbledon Juniors: Shintaro Mochizuki writes Japanese tennis history


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Wimbledon Juniors: Shintaro Mochizuki writes Japanese tennis history

The 16-year-old Shintaro Mochizuki has written the history of the Japanese tennis, becoming the first boys' singles Grand Slam champion at Wimbledon after a 6-3, 6-2 win over Carlos Gimeno Valero. The encounter lasted for 61 minutes and Shintaro had the upper hand all the time, stealing 56% of the return points to deliver six breaks from 16 opportunities, ruling the court and getting broken only twice to cross the finish line and achieve the most significant result in a career.

After two solid holds at the beginning of the match, they traded five consecutive breaks in the brightest moment for the returners who let only seven points to servers in an unusual scene on the grass court, even with a small amount of grass left on the surface.

Mochizuki broke in the third game after a forehand error from Gimeno Valero, losing the advantage in the next game before another forehand mistake from the Spaniard in game five that sent the Japanese 3-2 up. Shintaro squandered the lead with a double fault in the sixth game before scoring breaks in games seven and nine for a 6-3.

Both players survived tight games at the beginning of the second set and it was Mochizuki who made the first strike in game four after another forehand error from the Spaniard who had the opportunity to pull the break back at 2-4.

The Japanese fended it off with a forehand winner, securing the game with a beautiful backhand down the line winner and converting the fourth match point on the return in the next game following another cracking backhand down the line winner that carried him towards Grand Slam glory.

Thus, Mochizuki has joined some prominent names who had won the junior Wimbledon title, including Bjorn Borg, Ivan Lendl, Stefan Edberg, Roger Federer, Gael Monfils, Grigor Dimitrov and Denis Shapovalov.