2019 Wimbledon Tennis Recap
The 2019 Wimbledon Championships is over after a Historic Men’s Final. Novak Djokovic defeated Roger Federer in the first ever tiebreaker to decide the Wimbledon Champion. Djokovic won all three tiebreakers in the match to win his 5th Wimbledon and 16th Grand Slam Championship 7-6, 1-6, 7-6, 4-6, 13-12. This was the first time that Wimbledon featured a tiebreak to determine the championship. Unlike the tie-breaks in the first four Sets the one in the Fifth Set doesn’t happen at six all, it takes place after the score is 12-12.
Federer was up a break and up 40-15 serving for the match at 8-7 in the fifth when Djokovic dug deep and broke back to even the score at 8-8. Both men held serve the rest of the way with both playing brilliant tennis although you could also see the nerves coming into play with both making some unusual unforced errors. When the score reached 12-12 the tiebreak started with Djokovic getting off to an early mini break and he never looked back winning the breaker 7-3 to earn the title for the fifth time and his 16th Grand Slam Championship.
Federer was trying to become the oldest Grand Slam winner in the open era at 37 years of age but it was not to be. When it comes to Men’s Tennis the Big Three of Djokovic, Federer and Rafael Nadal are still far above the rest of the competition. Federer beat Nadal in the semifinals to set up the match against Djokovic. People keep wondering when one of the next generation players is going to break through and win a Slam but the old guard isn’t ready to pass the torch. Federer is 37, Nadal 33 and Djokovic 32. All three have had injuries that could have ended their careers but none are ready to step aside just yet. I can’t remember a time when the three greatest players in the history of a sport all played at the same time like these three do. As a tennis fan I know eventually they will leave the tour but for now I’m soaking in and enjoying every match they play.
The Women’s Final saw Serena Williams get her third attempt to tie Margaret Court with 24 Grand Slam Women’s Championships but Simona Halep had other plans. Halep was looking for her first Wimbledon and second Grand Slam Title in her career. Halep has been ranked number one for 64 weeks during her career but was known for choking and breaking down in The Finals of the Grand Slam Events. She broke through with a title at the French Open in 2018 and she seems more relaxed and confident then she use to be. She played incredible tennis to beat Serena 6-2, 6-2 and take the Wimbledon Crown. It was the best match I’ve ever seen Halep play and she echoed those same thoughts after the match. Make no mistake about it, Simona won the match, Serena didn’t lose it. Halep said afterwards that she was nervous but that it was a good confident nervousness. Serena will continue to chase her 24th Slam Title but the field in Women’s Tennis is deeper and more talented than it’s been in years. On the plus side for Serena fans Wimbledon was the best she’s played in awhile. She still has time to get it done but she turns 38 in September so time is running out.
They say father Time is undefeated and eventually he beats everyone. For Serena, Novak, Roger and Rafa the clock is ticking but all of them are still standing and swinging. Time will win but for tennis fans I hope that time is still a little ways down the road. Embrace the greatness that is these phenomenal athletes.