Carlos Alcaraz has put an end to Novak Djokovic’s incredible Wimbledon winning streak, securing a remarkable 1-6, 7-6 (8-6), 6-1, 3-6, 6-4 victory. This triumph marks Alcaraz’s first title at the prestigious grass court Grand Slam and his second major championship.
Despite a slow start in the first set, the 20-year-old Alcaraz displayed resilience and saved a set point in the second set, leading to an intense battle between the tennis generations that lasted four hours and 42 minutes. His win halted Djokovic’s impressive streak of 15 consecutive victories in tiebreaks at major tournaments. One particularly extraordinary moment came in the third set, where Alcaraz secured a 26-minute game. Ultimately, he clinched the crucial break in the final set, denying Djokovic a fifth consecutive Wimbledon title.
This victory marked a significant turnaround for the Spanish prodigy, who had previously suffered a straight-set defeat against Djokovic in the semifinals of the recent French Open, seemingly overwhelmed by the occasion.
Alcaraz now joins the ranks of the youngest Wimbledon champions in the Open Era since 1968, only trailing behind Boris Becker (17) and Bjorn Borg (20) in terms of age.
Maintaining his world number-one ranking ahead of Djokovic, Alcaraz has demonstrated his ability to excel on grass, following his earlier victory at the Queen’s Club tune-up event last month.
Alcaraz had previously claimed his maiden major title at the US Open last year.
Expressing his joy, Alcaraz stated, “This is a dream come true for me. Winning is incredible, but even if I had lost, I would have been extremely proud of myself. Making history in this magnificent tournament and competing in a final against a legend of our sport, I am truly, truly proud of myself, my team, and the daily effort we put in.”
He also addressed Djokovic, saying, “I started playing tennis by watching you. You were already winning tournaments when I was born. It’s amazing.”
On the other hand, Djokovic missed out on what would have been a record-tying fifth consecutive Wimbledon title and his eighth overall at the tournament, as well as a chance to reach 24 Grand Slam titles overall. It was his first defeat on Centre Court at Wimbledon since 2013.
Acknowledging Alcaraz’s performance, Djokovic commented, “Credit to Carlos. He showed incredible quality towards the end of the match. You absolutely deserve this.”
Reflecting on the loss, Djokovic added, “You never enjoy losing matches like this, but when the emotions settle, I still have to be grateful. It’s tough to accept when you come so close, but these are the moments you work for every day. I didn’t win, but I lost to the better player.”
After the match, a delighted Alcaraz fan named Jose shared his thoughts with a news reporter.