2023 Men’s Wimbledon Recap

AP/ Kin Cheung, file

2023 Men’s Wimbledon Recap

As expected, the men’s final did not disappoint. After almost five hours of play, Alcaraz defeated Novak Djokovic in five exhilarating sets of tennis. 

The final started very well for Djokovic, taking the first set 6-1. In the second set, Alcaraz had the early break in the second but dropped serve as Djokovic took him to a second-set tie break. It could have been easily two sets to none if Djokovic wouldn’t have dumped to easy backhands into the net during the second-set tiebreak. Instead, it was Alcaraz that took advantage, and took the second set, and then quickly the third set before Djokovic responded by taking the third. 

In the fifth and final set, Alcaraz showed why he’s the most exciting player in tennis. He continued to make incredible shots, moving Djokovic around with a combination of heavy groundstrokes combined with the tantalizing drop shots he uses so often. In the end, Djokovic would be broken and that is all that Alcaraz to take home his first Wimbledon title and second Grand Slam. This win feels like the changing of the guard. The new generation is here, and with Alcaraz leading the way, it’s difficult to see how anybody else can solve the Alcaraz puzzle. He now heads to the US Open as the number one seed and the defending champion. He will be the heavy favorite to defend his title. 

It wasn’t all just Alcaraz at Wimbledon though, here’s a few storylines that captured our attention:

      • The story of the tournament is Chris Eubanks, who came into Wimbledon with the Mallorca win under his belt, and backed it up by getting to the Quarterfinals, where he was very close to beating Medvedev. He’s now ranked 31 in the world and in a position to be seeded at the US Open. 

     • The Russian duo of Medvedev and Rublev made the best of their Wimbledon after being banned last year. Rublev made the quarters while Medvedev made the semis. 

     • It was fantastic to finally see Berrettini back in the mix. Unseeded, and coming back from injury he made it to the round of 16 succumbing to Alcaraz in four hard fought sets.

We now head to the US Open where the storyline will again be Alcaraz and Djokovic. Will the treat us to another final for the ages? We certainly hope so!

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