Following two weeks of competition Sunday will see the two residual men’s players challenge the Wimbledon final as Roger Federer goes up against Marin Cilic.
Roger Federer who is one step behind of winning his 8th Wimbledon Title and 19th Grand Slam Title over all. The Swiss Maestro has yet to drop a set in this Wimbledon and will be hoping to become first man since Bjorn Borg in 1976 to win the Title in such a flawless run. The 35 year old has entered this year’s Wimbledon as a title favourite despite skipping the entire clay court session including The French Open, to put all his effort in attempting to break his title draught, having not tasted since he defeated Andy Murray in 2012.
Route To Final – Roger Federer
R1: 6-3 3-0 RET Dolgopolov
R2: 7-6 6-3 6-2 Lajovic
R3: 7-6 6-4 6-4 Zverev
R4: 6-4 6-2 6-4 Dimitrov
QF: 6-4 6-2 7-6 Raonic
SF: 7-6 7-6 6-4 Berdych
Marin Cilic who is playing his first Wimbledon final by putting some great performance against every opponent he has played. The 28 year old has already defeated Roger in the U.S Open semi-final and ending up winning his first Grand Slam title. It shows that the big Croatian is capable of turning things around on the biggest stage. Cilic came quite close to beating Federer in the quarter-finals a year ago, yet spurned three match point before losing in five sets to the Swiss.
Route To Final- Marin Cilic
R1: 6-4 6-2 6-3 Kohlschreiber
R2: 7-6 6-4 7-5 Mayer
R3: 6-4 7-6 6-4 Johnson
R4: 6-2 6-2 6-2 Bautista-Agut
QF: 3-6 7-6 7-5 5-7 6-1 Muller
SF: 6-7 6-4 7-6 7-5 Querrey
HEAD TO HEAD
Over all Head to Head: Federer 6 – Cilic 1
Head to Head at Wimbledon: Federer 1- Cilic 0
Grand Slam Titles: Federer 18 – Cilic 1
The world no. 6 Marin Cilic has the potential to test the 18 times Grand Slam winner more than any opponent by far in this Wimbledon. But The Swiss Maestro will kiss his 8th Wimbledon Title.
On Saturday Garbine Muguruza beat Venus Williams 7-5, 6-0 to win her first Wimbledon title & second career grand slam title.
Muguruza was clam as she was reaching close to the title. Throughout the tournament Muguruza game becoming better and better. Last two matches she played very high level of tennis. In today’s match Muguruza played attacking high risky corner shots which landed right in. This was Muguruza’s second appearance in the Wimbledon final. Last time she played against Serena in 2015. Venus was playing ninth final.
“She played really well,” Venus said of Muguruza. “I mean, she played top tennis, so I have to give her credit for just playing a better match. I’ve had a great two weeks. I’m looking forward to the rest of the summer.”
“I always come very motivated to the Grand Slams,” Muguruza said. “Since I lost the final here, I wanted to change that. I came thinking, ‘I’m prepared, I feel good.’ During the tournament and the matches, I was feeling better and better.
“I feel incredible to be able to play [Venus] here. Of course I’m nervous because I always dreamed about winning it, but I was composed.”
“When I was a little girl, I was watching these finals,” said the 23-year-old Muguruza. “I was watching Venus — I know it sounds incredible. To be able to play against her and now hold the big trophy, it means a lot.”
Garbine Muguruza Stopped the storm of Magdalena Rybarikova in Semifinal to reach Wimbledon 2017 finals. It was Muguruza’s day today. She finished the match in two straight set win over the Rybarikova.
Match lasted one hour four minutes and Rybarikova just managed to win two games. Muguruza reached Semifinal by beating Angelique Kerber and Svetlana Kuznetsova in last two rounds played very high level of game today.
Rybarikova, who surprise everyone in this Wimbledon with her performance by beating word no 2 Karolína Pliskova in second round and continued till Semifinal. But she didn’t manage to succeed the Semifinal.
After Match Rybarikova said the was nervous from the beginning of the match.
Rybarikova is the first Slovakian women to reach the Semifinals of the Wimbledon. Murguruza is runner-up of the Wimbledon 2015 and the 2016 French Open champion.
In other Semifinal of Women’s single Venus Williams dominated Britain Johanna Konta. She beat Konta 6–4, 6–2. Konta is the first female British player to make it to the semis in nearly four decades. For Venus Williams it will be ninth Wimbledon final. If she managed to win then it will be her sixth Wimbledon title.
Andy Murray got through a sensational third-round match against Fabio Fognini to book his place in the last 16 at Wimbledon, while Rafael Nadal based on a flying begin to take out Karen Khachanov.
The combine are on course for a semi-final meeting in SW19 and will now confront Benoit Paire and Gilles Muller separately, however it was not such a decent day for one more of the top seeds in their half of the draw.
Ninth seed Kei Nishikori saw his crusade finished by Roberto Bautista Agut in the greatest stun of the day, while another match did not have an opportunity to achieve its decision.
So here are the talking points of Wimbledon day 5
1 Murray survives against Fabio Fognini-
The 30 year old Scot has come back in a thrilling encounter against Fabio Fognini by 6-2 4-6 6-1 7-5. The Wimbledon champion looked practically sure to be dragged into a fifth set by Fognini when he trailed 5-2 in the fourth, however he demonstrated his courage to spare five set point and win five straight game to wrap up triumph in 2 hours 39 minutes.
2 Nadal crushed Karen Khachanov in the third round-
3 Nishikori was outplayed by Bautista-
4 Lights out for Tsonga and Querrey-
Far apart from Day 1, upsets were not very many on the second day of the Wimbledon. However, there were a lot of retirements. Roger Federer, who started his quest for a record eighth Wimbledon title, drove 6-3, 3-0 when his rival Alexandr Dolgopolov pulled back with a lower leg damage. Comparative was for the previous World No. 1 Novak Djokovic as he progressed after Martin Klizan surrendered following 40 minutes when 6-3, 2-0 down. Defending champion Andy Murray, Rafael Nadal, Johanna Konta will be in real life at Center Court on Day 3.
Juan Martin Del- Porto overcome a battling win against Thanasi Kokkinakis
Juan Martin Del- Porto overcome a battling win against Thanasi Kokkinakis- The 28 year old Argentine came back strongly after a 6-3 defect and sealing the game by 6-3 3-6 7-6 6-4 against the Aussie Thanasi Kokkinakis. The former U.S Open Champion will face Ernests Gulbis in round two.
Novak Djokovic advances as his opponent retires due to an injury
Novak Djokovic breezed through to the second round of Wimbledon when rival Martin Klizan resigned amid the second set to Center Court.
The Slovakian has been battling with left calf damage for two months and it was clear from part of the way through the first set that he was in no state to deal with Djokovic.
After two points of a Djokovic service game and with the 11 times Grand Slam winner driving 6-3, 2-0, Klizan motioned that he was done and shook hands.
Roger Federer register his 850th win
Roger Federer register his 850th win by beating Alexandr Dolgopolov who forfeited the match due to an ankle injury after 43 minutes. He served the 10,000th ace of his career. He advanced to round two with minimum wear and tear.
IraniaFalconi makes it difficult for Angelique Kerber-
Irania Falconi makes it difficult for Angelique Kerber The World number one who lost in the first round of French Open avoided an early set back as she overcame the American to reach the second round of Wimbledon.
Day 1 of the Wimbledon brought fabulous matches and a few noteworthy sensations. We saw the disposal of Stanislas Wawrinka, who was viewed as one of the greatest 4 top picks for winning the title here. Andy Murray began his defence of the title with a simple win, Venus Williams had a passionate breakdown at the question and answer session, while Rafa Nadal advanced to the following round.
5 talking Points of Wimbledon Day 1
1. Stan Wawrinka crashed out of Wimbledon
Stan wawrinka crashed out of Wimbledon- The 3 times Grand Slam Champion was knocked out by Daniil Medvedev which produces the biggest shock of day 1. The 6ft Russian was swelled with confidence after winning the first set by 6-4 but in the 2nd set Wawrinka came back strongly by winning it 6-3. The 32 year old Swiss International needed ice pack for his knee injury which has put Daniil into the driving seat before sealing it for 6-4 3-6 6-4 6-1.
2. Venus Williams eased past Elise Mertens
Venus Williams eased past Elise Mertens- The 37 year old was taking care of business in the opening stages, softening Mertens up her opening administration diversion and managing focuses with her serve. Merten was not born when Venus turned professional and was only 4 when the American won her first Wimbledon Title. The 10 times Grand Slam Champion was making thing’s difficult for the 21 year old Belgian through her groundstrokes and sealing the match by 7-6 6-4. Venus stepped out of the Wimbledon news conference after she was asked about a fatal car accident that involved her in the early part of June. “First match at a Slam, there’s always a few extra nerves. “Once I got out there and got the early break, saved a few break points in my first service game, I felt good. Considering how I was feeling five, six days ago, it was really positive.”
3. Andy Murray began his defence of the Title with a positive start
Andy Murray began his defence of the Title with a positive start- The Scot won 6-1 6-4 6-2 over Kazakhstan’s Alaxander Bublik despite a hip injury. “First match at a Slam, there’s always a few extra nerves. “Once I got out there and got the early break, saved a few break points in my first service game, I felt good. Considering how I was feeling five, six days ago, it was really positive.”
4. Rafeal Nadal defeated John Millman
Rafeal Nadal defeated John Millman- Rafeal Nadal recorded his 85oth win in career against the Aussie Millman. It was a flamboyant performance by the Spaniard after winning his 10th French Open Title.“I have been playing good tennis since the beginning of the season,” said Nadal.“The clay-court season has been special and emotional and here I have an opportunity to perform on grass.”
5. Nick Kyrgios out of Wimbledon
Nick Kyrgios out of Wimbledon- The 22 year old Australian forfeited the opening match of this year’s Wimbledon shortly after losing the second set by 6-3 6-4 against the Frenchman due to an injury. “I have been feeling it ever since I fell on it at Queen’s,” the 22-year-old said. “Never got it right. I spoke to the doctor before the tournament started. He was leaning towards me not even playing.”
Wimbledon, the third Grand Slam of this year after Australian open and French Open. Wimbledon is regarded as the most prestigious Grand Slam among all four. The name of this prestigious tournament derived from Wimbledon a suburb of London, where it has been held since 1887. Out of all four Grand Slam Tournament, Wimbledon is the only one which is played in grass court.
Wimbledon has emerged as one of the major tennis competitions, with overall acknowledgment. The All England Lawn Tennis Club, which has been facilitating the competition since the beginning of the game, keeps on keeping up its administration in the 21st century too. With the progressing time, the nature of the occasion has been moved forward. Seating capacity for the spectators has also increased. Wimbledon has developed as a standout amongst the most prestigious titles.
Top 6 players to watch in this Wimbledon
The king of court who has turned back the clock to capture his 18th Grand Slam by winning Australian Open in January. He crushed his arch rival, Rafael Nadal, to do as such, and with the seeding equation that has been utilized by Wimbledon, the Swiss International has shown solid opportunity to again challenge the title at the All England Club. At present the 35 year old has won 7 Wimbledon title, another success at Wimbledon will take him over the legendary Pete Sampras.
Federe’s long time rival is also among the favourites to win this Grand Slam by wining his 10th French Open. Like Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal has likewise encountered a resurgence in his own particular shape after the well documented injury woes he has endured in the course of recent years. The 31 year old Spaniard will arrive to fancy his chance of winning This Grand Slam for the third time.
After a frustrating begin to the 2017 season, world number one and defending champion Andy Murray seemed to have turned a corner when he achieved the semi-finals at Roland Garros for the fourth straight year.
The two-time Olympic Gold Medallist knows how to deliver in Wimbledon by winning it twice (2013 and 2016) and reaching semi-final in 2015.
The 30 year old Serbian will be hoping to rediscover some form before of any upset which cost him in both Australian and French Open.The 30-year-old is mired in the worst form slump of his career, having surrendered all four Grand Slam titles and dropping out of the world’s top three for the first time since 2009. But this will the prefect time for him to get back into the game It’s an opportunity for him to show his that he has shown in past by winning 4 major Grand Slam in one season.
With the likes of Serena Williams(22 Grand Slam) and Maria Sharapova(5 Grand Slam) not participating in this tournament due to pregnancy and injury respectively the women’s draw is lacking stardust. But that does not mean it’s gonna be less exciting.
5. Venus Williams-
The 37 year old is one of the favourite candidate to win his 11th Grand Slam title. She will use her experience as a main instrument to fancy some chance to win the Wimbledon for the 5th time.
6. Anjelique Kerber-
The world number one had a poor begin to the season and turned into the top seeded women to lose in the French Open initial round in the professional era when she was beaten by 40th-ranked Ekaterina Makarova. She has not won a WTA title this year, but rather has a decent record at Wimbledon, where she completed runner-up a year ago. With defending champion Serena Williams missing, Kerber will be quick to recover her season on track.
Playing controlled tennis for 2 hours and 47 minutes, Great Britain’s Andy Murray lifted the Wimbledon trophy for the second time. In 2013, Murray had defeated Novak Djokovic in the final to win the championship for the first time. On Sunday, the Brit had Canada’s big-serving Milos Raonic playing against him on the other side. Though Murray looked a better player throughout the match, Raonic didn’t yield easily. He dropped his service just once in the first set and kept Murray on toe all through. The second and third sets were decided on tiebreaks with Murray bringing up a superior display. It proved to be a great day for sports in Britain as Murray’s famous triumph was preceded by Lewis Hamilton winning the British Formula-1 GP at Silverstone. Sunday’s final was attended by famous celebrities from all walks of life, including the British Prime Minister David Cameroon. Murray suffered from emotional upheavals through the match on several occasions, especially when he got ready to serve. But he managed to check himself and carried on. It all seemed natural because of big-stage pressure and a heavy burden of expectations from the jam-packed Wimbledon crowd. When he finally won, he went to his chair and wept uncontrollably. But the Brit had already overwhelmed the center court crowd on Sunday.
Murray achieved fatherhood in February 2016, soon after the Australian Open. Since then, he has been radiating a sense of inner contentment and his performance on tennis courts has seen a vast improvement. He also had a change in his coaching team with Ivan Lendl returning as the head. On the strength of his performance alone, Murray had an edge on Milos Raonic on Sunday but the Canadian is no less a gifted player. Raonic was not overawed by the occasion nor by the tag of the first-time entrant into the final of world’s most cherished tennis tournament. His service speed exceeded 140 mph at times but Murray is also known as one of the best returners of the service in the game. The Scot found a way to put Raonic’s booming service deliveries back into the court most often. If Raonic lost on Sunday, it was because his unforced error-count of 29 far exceeded Murray’s 12. The Canadian muffed several chances in net-play to benefit Murray.
The match started with Raonic serving first. Murray earned a break chance in the third game but Raonic saved it. In the seventh game, however, Raonic was down two break points and could only save one. An unduly rushed shot from the Canadian hit the net on the second break point and Murray led 4-3 with his service to follow. There were no other hiccups as Murray went into the second set having won the first 6-4. They went on serves all the way, although Murray had some break chances in between. Raonic’s service was working and he held comfortably in all his six games. However, in the inevitable tiebreak, Murray forced his way against a floundering Raonic and held several set points at 6-1. Raonic saved two but couldn’t survive and Murray led 2-0 on sets.
The first four games of the third set were uneventful but suddenly Murray found himself in trouble for the first time in the match. Raonic had forced two break points in the fifth game against the 2013 champion. When Murray managed to save both break points, he volubly appealed to the crowd for getting behind him for the rest of the match. They didn’t disappoint their hero and applauded him every inch of the way. With both players serving admirably, there were service holds throughout and the match slipped into another tiebreak. Murray carried the winning momentum into the tiebreak and led 5-0. After that, Raonic could only manage just 2 points and Murray finished with a well-deserved 6-4, 7-6, 7-6 victory.
Besides the immaculate service returns, another key to Murray’s victory was keeping the unforced error count low. Raonic had come into this match with 137 aces in the tournament but such was Murray’s capacity to return that the Canadian managed his 138th only after an hour into the match. On another occasion during the match, the Canadian fired his speediest service of the tournament at 147 mph but Murray not only returned the missile; he won that point with a brilliant pass. At the end of the match, Murray was overcome by raw emotions as he sobbed uncontrollably on his chair before recovering and claiming the cherished prize.
Serena Williams’ 22nd Grand Slam win didn’t come on a platter. Besides, it took her one full year to add to the earlier 21 Grand Slam victories. She can now heave a sigh of relief at having equaled Steffi Graf’s 22 victories in Grand Slam tournaments. In between, Serena had her chances but ran into rough weather. In 2015 US open, she suffered an unexpected semifinal loss to Italy’s doubles specialist Roberta Vinci, went down in Australian Open final to Angelique Kerber and lost to Spain’s Garbine Muguruza at French Open. Serena is less than 100 days shy of her 35th birthday but still ranked as world no.1 for the last 177 weeks. This period is just 9 weeks short of consecutive weeks’ record of 186, held by Germany’s Steffi Graf. In terms of overall total period as world’s no.1 women’s player, Serena’s 300 weeks are at third place behind Steffi Graf’s 377 weeks and Martina Navratilova’s 332. Of the currently active players, Caroline Wozniascki had been world no.1 for 67 weeks and Victoria Azarenka for 51. Thus the American s head and shoulders above them and until she hangs her boots, no one has a chance to come closer. In Saturday’s final however, Serena had to fight hard against Kerber, who showed no signs of giving up easily. Serena got the crucial breaks once in each of the two sets but Kerber put up a brave resistance throughout. In terms of spectator interest, it was a great match, worthy of being billed a classic. The German didn’t allow Serena an easy time and attacked on both flanks. She scored some breathtaking points against the defending champion but had to bow out in the end.
On Saturday, Serena Williams’ problems were more psychological than real. She was playing against an opponent, who had beaten her at Australian Open at Melbourne in January this year. The other mental block had to do with equaling Steffi Graf’s 22 Grand Slam wins, a record that the American had been expected to reach for a while. But on Saturday, she needed to beat Germany’s Angelique Kerber, whose game has seen vast improvement in the last one year. When Kerber reached the semifinals of the 2011 US Open 5 years ago, she was ranked no. 92 in the world. Today she is no.2 behind Serena and it was just as well that the best two women players in the world faced each other in 2016 Wimbledon final. Both of them had an impressive run-up to the final. While Kerber didn’t drop a set and defeated Simona Halep and Venus Williams on her way, Serena survived a wobble against compatriot Christina McHale in the third round. Other than that, the American didn’t face any other hurdle.
Saturday’s final began in gusty winds with Serena winning the toss to serve first. The level of tennis by both players was top class and they kept holding their service until the 11th game. In the twelfth, however, Serena held two break points on Kerber’s service at 15-40. The German saved the first but Serena raised her game and broke Kerber to steal the first set at 7-5. This was perhaps the only time in the first set that Kerber couldn’t control her game against the great Serena.
The second set was a replica of the first until the 7th game with both players admirably holding their serves. In the eighth game as Kerber served, she coasted to a 40-15 lead. Just when it looked an easy hold for the German, Serena played inspiring tennis to win three consecutive points and at deuce, she earned the advantage. With Kerber playing a backhand wide, Serena took a 5-3 lead with her service to follow. After such a brave resistance in the match, Kerber had cracked and Serena looked on her way. The world no.1 made things easy for herself in the ninth game. After she held three championship points at 40-0, Serena sent down another great service. Kerber was able to return but next, she charged to the net in trying to pass Serena. But the American had probably sensed the move and she was ready with a forehand volley. Her shot appeared to go over the line but the ball touched the line. It was all over at that moment. History was made as Serena fell on the court. She lay sprawled on her back for a while to allow the big moment to sink into her. Then she rose and ran across the net to hug her opponent. It was a historic occasion. After all the waiting, Serena Williams had reached a momentous milestone in her long and illustrious career. 22 Grand Slam victories is a huge achievement. Steffi Graf wouldn’t mind Serena coming at level with her, except perhaps that she has done it against a German!
Serena Williams beat German fourth seed Angelique Kerber to win a seventh Wimbledon and 22nd Grand Slam title. Serena who had an excellent tournament so far dropping just set so far didn’t disappoint in the final also as she beat Kerber in straight sets 7-5 6-3.
With this Williams did achieve a milestone ,Williams claimed her 22nd Grand Slam singles title, equaling the Open Era record held by Steffi Graf. Williams had lost her previous two Grand Slam finals earlier this year, falling to Kerber at the Australian Open and Garbine Muguruza at the French Open. But today she started strongly right from the first point and dominated the game right until the end to ensure that there is no Hiccup this time
And here’s how twitter saluted the champ
— Boman Irani (@bomanirani) July 9, 2016
— atul kasbekar (@atulkasbekar) July 9, 2016
— T.J. Holmes (@tjholmes) July 9, 2016