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Wimbledon 2014 Updates: Djokovic clinches men's singles title at Wimbledon 2014; wins 6-4 in the fifth set

Sunday, 6 July 2014 - 11:05pm IST | Place: Mumbai | Agency: dna webdesk
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Djokovic wins the men's singles title at Wimbledon 2014 to overcome stiff resistance from Fedex, beats him 6-4 in the final set.

Djokovic goes up 5-4 as he tries to build pressure on Fedex

Djoker leads 4-3, but Federer pushes him to a deuce equalizing 4-4

Djokovic exults as he claims a point.

The support for Federer is evident as fans display their loyalty on a social media platform.

 

The gentlemen are now tied at 2-2

Enthralled crowds break into a mexican wave.

 

 

Federer displays remarkable display to win this set from a set and a game down. Takes it to a decisive 5th set.

Djoker under pressure as Fedex stretches it to 5-5

Spectators of the royal box feel the heat too.

 

DEUCE

The Swiss ace is closing down heavily on Djoker's lead

Federer still in the fray, despite trailing 3-5. He goes charging at his opponent with intensity, not giving the Serb to recover or settle down. 

Djokovic goes up 5-2 but that does not bother a resolute Federer, as Fed smashes a powerful forehand that caught Djoker unaware.

 

Not a comon sight, Fedex exults after claiming a point; keen to stage a comeback after a set and a game down. Djokovic leads 3-2 in the fourth set.

Federer not willing to give up as he smashes one through the center of the court from the net.

 

 

However, he proves that he has got a lot still left in him as he makes Djokovic run around the lawn.

Is he Federer crumbling under pressure? as he feeds one on to the net

The Serb leads 6-4 at set point

Djoker leads 4-2 at tie-break

The Serbian responds with his aces now as Federer struggled to pick that one up and has scored 12 passing winners against Federer's mere 2.

Fedex has notched up 17 aces till now.

Federer troubling Djoker with his serves as he gains advantage and wins the point; fourth set FED 6- 5 DJO

Djokovic coming strong as he smashes a point-winning forehand across the court; trying to build pressure on the Swiss.

Even though Federer is a set down he continue to be calm and composed ding what he is best at: playing the trademark flamboyant forehand, a speciality.

After winning a set each the players are tied at 3-3 in the third set.

 

Djokovic shows intensity and unparalled will to fight back and stay in the fray to win the title

 

 

 

 

 

 

No Wimbledon finals are complete without the presence of highly esteemed spectators at the Royal Box

 

Great display of firm resolve and strength from the Swiss ace to equalize and make the final contest hotter; scores 5-5

 

The ping-pong in the first set suggests that the match is not going to be easy for either of them. Both players involved in a neck-to-neck scoreline.

 

 

Roger Federer Federer gained an advantage over Novak Djokovic in the first set in an equalizer. Scores 1-1 at end of first set.

 

QUARTERFINALS 

Eugine Bouchard blanked Angelique Kerber in straight sets- 6-3, 6-4 to set up a semifinal clash against Simona Halep

Simona Halep thrashed Sabine Lisicki- 6-4, 6-0.

Lucie Safarova beat Russian Ekaterina Makarova 6-3, 6-1 set up a semi-final date against in-form Czech Petra Kvitova.

The match played between Krygios and Raonic, scores read:

Nick Krygios- 7 2 4 4

Milos Raonic-6 6 6 4

 

In a recent surprise loss Murray has been knocked out against the Bulgarian 6-1, 7-6 (7-4), 6-2 in a match that lasted two hours and one minute to reach his first Grand Slam semi-final.

In a match played between the two Swiss countrymen Wawrinka got the better of Federer in the first set leading 6-4, Fedex won the second set 6-3. However Wawrinka made it evidently clear that he was feeling the jitters on his face-off against Federer. Federer won, scores reading- 3-6, 7-6, 6-4, 6-4. He will face the winner of the match between Krygios and Milos Raonic in the semi-finals.

 

 

The Wimbledon Championship is considered as the oldest and the most prestigious tennis tournament in the world. It was conducted at the All England Lawn Tennis Club in London for the first time in 1877 and is continued to be played at the venue since then. Of the four Grand Slam tennis tournaments this one is the biggest(Majors), the others being the Australian Open, the French Open (Roland Garros) and the US Open. This year the Wimbledon will be held from June 23 to July 4. 

Since the Australian Open shifted to hard court in 1988 (was contested on grass since its inception in 1905) , Wimbledon continues to remain the only Major still played on grass, the game's original surface, from where the original name of "lawn tennis" is derived.

The tournament is conducted for over two weeks in late June and early July, ending with Ladies' and Gentlemen's Singles Final, scheduled for the first Saturday and Sunday respectively.

Wimbledon traditions also includes a strict white-only dress code for players, the eating of strawberries and cream by the spectators, and a Royal guest box.

 

In 2009, Wimbledon's Centre Court was fitted with a retractable roof to lessen the loss of playing time due to rain. Last year too rain twice delayed men’s final between Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer. The roof has been built to protect the players, spectators and the centre court lawns.

Security at Wimbledon- For years Wimbledon was interrupted by unwanted visitors, the pigeons. Taking care of the security and doing patrolling round for many years is 'Rufus' the Hawk. Rufus is a six-year-old male Harris Hawk and has been employed by Wimbledon to scare away pigeons that may be tempted to interrupt these crucial tennis matches. He forms an integral part of the Wimbledon's security for 14 years, manning the turf. It is believed that pigeon or bird droppings destroy the grass. Meet Rufus!

 

 

The Royal Box had not only members of the Royal family, but also present were Indian cricketing legend, Sachin Tendulkar with wife Anjali, David Beckham and wife Victoria, Sir Alex Ferguson, Bradley Cooper, Britain PM David Cameroon, American Basketballer Shaquille O'Neal, Musician Sir Cliff Richard, Manchester United star Wayne Rooney and Hugh Jackman of the Woverine fame.

 

Play resumed on all courts at Wimbledon at 1345GMT on Monday after a heavy rain shower sent players scurrying for cover.

Centre Court's retractable roof was closed to allow the women's fourth-round match between Alize Cornet and Eugenie Bouchard to resume sooner than on the rest of the courts.

The schedule had already been muddled by Saturday's rain, meaning several third round matches in the men's and women's singles were held over until Monday, which is traditionally last-16 day at the All England Club.

While the forecast for the next few days is favourable, further rain showers were possible in southwest London on Monday, organisers said.

The dominance of Czech women players at the Wimbledon has been prevalent. Not to forget that the country has won the Federations Cup twice in the last three years, making a strong statement. It is encouraging for the Czech Republic to have four players involved in the latter stages and they all play today (June 30). With Lucie Safarova and Tereza Smitkova playing one another on Court 18 they have at least one assured player in the quarter-finals, but if we go by Petra Kvitova’s 4-0 record against Peng Shuai then the no of Czech quarterfinalists will rise to two. Barbora Zahlavova Strycova adds more firepower to the fourprong Czech attack, against Caroline Wozniacki while Agnieszka Radwanska’s route to the semis is unlikely to be blocked by Ekaterina Makarova.

Gentlemen's Singles- The men's singles category receives 128 entries which get reduced by half with every round and stage the champioships proceed into. The clear favourites for the tournament remained last year's winner Andy Murray, Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer.

No 1 seeded Novak Djokovic vs Frenchman Jo-wilfred Tsonga- the Frenchman was no match for the Serbian whose game is synonymous with hard baseline shots. Tsonga bowed out of the round of 16 in straight sets 6-2, 6-4, 7-6. 

25-year old emerging Croat Marin Cilic continued his domination with a 7-6(8), 6-4, 6-4 win against American Jeremy Chardy on Monday to storm into the quarterfinals. Cilic's strong point remains his serve where maximum points have been won on serves against Chardy. Cilic is now pitted against Djokovic as he hopes to continue his fine run.

Andy Murray- Grigor Dimitrov broke British hearts, ending Andy Murray's reign as Wimbledon champion with a sublime and serene 6-1 7-6(4) 6-2 victory in the quarter-finals on Wednesday.

Swiss talent Stanislas Wawrinka (fifth seed) will use his backhand and serving strengths to power past Spainiard Feliciano Lopez. Lopez will not prove to be easy to play against. Lopez' third round win against American John Isner was a match of 86 aces and this will surely trouble Wawrinka.

Spanish Tommy Roberdo will have a tough test against Swiss ace and former no 1 (now 4) Roger Federer, who beat Colombian Santiago Giraldo in straight sets. Federer bowed out owing to a shock defeat against Ukrainian Sergiy Stakhovsky last year so he will look to make the most at Wimbledon 2014. The Swiss legend beat his opponent 6-1, 6-4. 6-4 and will now face countryman wawrinka in the quarters.

Milos Raonic (CAN) [8] vs Kei Nishikori (JPN) [10]- The young guns will battle it out at the All England Club where Nishikori is the first Japanese man to reach the fourth round at Wimbledon since Shuzo Matsuoka made the quarter-finals in 1995. The 24-year-old Nishikori is through to the round of 16 at SW19 for the first time in six appearances and is bidding to reach his second Grand Slam quarter-final, having reached the last eight at the 2012 Australian Open (l. to Murray). Raonic emerged the stronger one as he overcame strong resistance from the Japanese. 

Australia's teen tennis sensation Nick Kyrgios took on on the world No 2 Rafael Nadal at Wimbledon on Wednesday. The nineteen-year old put up a tough fight against the Spaniard who has 14 grand slam singles titles in his name. Kyrgios won 7-6, 5-7, 7-6, 6-3. He will make his quarterfinals debut. His 37 aces were no match to Nadal's mere 11. He will face Milos Raonic in the quarters.

 

The 19-year old produced an entertaining trick shot against Nadal, a shot he did not anticipate.

As every tournament has a few upsets and early crashes this one too had a couple. Second round exits- Mikhail Youzhny, Bernad Tomic, Marcos Baghdatis, Lleyton Hewitt, Richard Gasquet, Gael Monfils.

Women's singles-

*first round exits- 28th seeded Russian Svetlana Kuznetsova lost to an unseeded Portugese M. Larcher de Brito (6-3, 3-6, 1-6). Sara Errani, 14th-seeded Italian and winner of four grand slam championships lost to unseeded French Caroline Garcia 6-2, 6-7, 7-5

*second round exits- Russian Elena Vesnina lost to B.Zahlavova Strycova Czech 4-6, 2-6, Victoria Azarenka (8) Belarussian lost to Bojana Jovanovski (SRB)- 3-6, 6-3, 5-7

*third round exits- No 1 seed Serena Willaims was swept aside by Alize Cornet (French- 25th seed)- 6-1 3-6, 4-6, 11th seeded Serbian beauty Ana Ivanovic lost to 19th-seeded German 4-6 6-3 1-6, Petra Kvitova beat Venus Williams5-7, 7-6, 7-5

 

*Round of 16/ fourth round- Alize Cornet's domination was halted by Eugine Bouchard as the former lost 6-7, 5-7. 26 year-old ninth seeded German, Angelique Kerber sent Maria Sharapova packing yesterday 7-6, 4-6, 6-4. Kerber will now face Bouchard in the quarterfinals. 

Third seed Romanian Simona Halep beat Kazkhstan's Zarina Diyas in straight sets 6-3, 6-0 to cruise into the quarterfinals to meet Sabine Lisicki in a first time encounter in quarterfinals. 

Petra Kvitova beat China's Shuai Peng 6-3, 6-2 to advance to the next round.

In yet another upset former world no 1 Caroline Wozniacki lost 2-6, 5-7 to unseeded Zahlavova Strycova. Wozniacki was the first Scandinavian woman to hold the top ranking position and 20th overall.

Among other quarterfinal results 23rd seed Lucie Safarova blanked Ekaterina Makarova 6-3, 6-1 

Men's Doubles
It was a day of mixed fortunes for Indians at the current edition edition of Wibledon.

The Indo-Pak duo of Rohan Bopanna and Aisam Qureshi, ranked eighth in the men's doubles category suffered a defeat to the Canadian-American pair of Vasek Pospisil and Jack Sock. After taking lead in the first set, the former pair were not able to contain their opponents in the second and third set but bounced back in the fourth set to take control. The indo-pak duo eventually succumbed, ending their campaign at Wimbledon. 7-6, 6-7, 3-6, 6-4, 5-7. However after Bopanna and his French partner, Edouard Roger-Vasselin lost in the Men’s Doubles semi-final match last year at this tournament more was expected of him as he made an attempt to surpass his previous record. 

 

 

This year there was one Indian less on the Wimbledon circuit after Mahesh Bhupathi ended his tryst with Wimbledon, retiring after a quarter-final defeat in the men's doubles category.

Indian fans still have a reason to be happy as the fifth seeded Indo-Czech pair of Leander Paes and Radek Stepanek are through to the third round and will have to face Jean-Julien Rojer and Horia Tecau if they aspire to reach the quarterfinals. This match will not prove to be a cakewalk for Indo-Czech pair as they are likely to face stiff resistance. Paes and Stepanek lost the five-set match last year to Ivan Dodig [CRO] and Marcelo Melo [BRZ], in the semi-finals.

Last year's winners, Mike and Bob of the Bryan brothers fame continued their domination yet again marching into the quarterfinals to set up a clash against Julian Knowle and Marcelo Melo. The brothers will look to replicate their last year's winning performance to defend their trophy. They face the French pair of Micheal Llodra and Nicholas Mahut after beating Julian Knowle and Marcelo Melo 3-6, 7-6, 6-4, 6-4.

Women's doubles

Willams sisters, Serena and Venus retired not even before completing the first set as Serena suffered from viral illness in their match against Kristina Barrois and Stefanie Voegle. In an official statement published on USAtoday.com she said "I am heartbroken I'm not able to continue in the tournament. I thought I could rally this morning, because I really wanted to compete, but this bug just got the best of me. I want to thank my sister, Kristina, Stefanie and our teams for their support. We were all looking forward to a great match. From the bottom of my heart, I thank all of the fans for their cheers and understanding. I look forward to returning to Wimbledon next year." She could barely even grip the tennis ball.

Indian-Zimbabwean tennis pair of Sania Mirza and Cara Black were unable to clear a second round round hurdle as they lost to an unseeded Russian-Czech pair of A.Pavlyuchenkova and Lucie Safarova going down 6-2, 6-7, 4-6. The Russian-Czech pair have shrugged off a challenge in the third round too to enter the quarterfinals.

 

Mixed doubles- There continued to be Indian particpation in the mixed doubles event. Leander Paes and Cara Black were awarded a bye in the first round resulting in automatic qualification for the pair into the next round.They however lost 6-1, 2-6, 3-6 in the second round to Eric Butorac and Timea Babos. Paes and Black could not extend their run as they lost 6-1, 2-6, 3-6 to Eric Butorac and Timea Babos  

Rohan Bopanna and his Czech partner Andrea Hlavackov reached the third round beating the British pair of Colin Fleming and Jocelyn Rae 6-4, 7-5. The winning pair will face Mikhail Elgin and Anastasia Rodionova to book a spot in the quarterfinals.




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