The Wimbledon males’s ultimate between Carlos Alcaraz and Novak Djokovic placed on a showcase of males’s tennis at its most interesting, because the top-two ranked gamers on the earth slugged out a Wimbledon basic over 5 units, with the eyes of the complete world on them.
Whereas the upcoming younger challenger Alcaraz would prevail within the fifth set, signalling that he has arrived on the most important stage, Djokovic’s goals of creating a tilt on the calendar 12 months grand slam had been dashed. The Serb has gained practically all there may be to win: he has gained each Grand Slam a minimum of thrice, each Masters 1000 occasion a minimum of thrice, and achieved probably the most weeks at world primary.
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The one holes in his in any other case immaculate file are the calendar 12 months grand slam and an Olympic gold. Having celebrated his thirty sixth birthday, many tennis followers have been left to surprise what’s subsequent for Djokovic, and the way he can preserve motivating himself following the retirement of Roger Federer, the upcoming retirement of Rafael Nadal, and the achievement of the Grand Slam file together with his twenty third win at Roland Garros.
‘Don’t assume it’s the top of the Djokovic period’
Nonetheless, the identical issues are usually not shared by a person who has labored in shut proximity with the Serb. His former coach, German legend Boris Becker, spoke out about the place he sees Djokovic going after the heartbreak of the Wimbledon ultimate.
“I don’t assume it’s the top of the Djokovic period, and I hope not, as a result of that was a wonderful instance of how a tennis match needs to be,” stated Becker on Eurosport’s ‘Das Gelbe vom Ball’ podcast. “We gained hundreds of thousands of latest followers due to that, and I hope they’ll repeat that in New York or Melbourne. I don’t assume Djokovic will cease performing.”
Djokovic was making an attempt to win a fifth consecutive Wimbledon title, and matching Roger Federer’s file of eight within the males’s match. He fell agonizingly quick, dropping solely his second-ever Wimbledon ultimate, precisely a decade on from his first.
Djokovic appeared in super kind all through the match and Alcaraz wanted to be at his greatest to beat the Serb. This is a sign, in Becker’s eyes, that Djokovic continues to be hungry for extra success.
‘What retains Djokovic going?’
“The query is about motivation: what retains Djokovic going? Sure, definitely on the twenty fourth [Grand Slam], then he can be the perfect together with Margaret Courtroom so far as ‘majors’ are involved. He already is within the males’s class, however after all he needs to be within the normal,” stated the German, who was Djokovic’s coach throughout the Serb’s unimaginable 2015-2016 ‘Serena Slam’ season, profitable 4 slam titles in a row throughout these two years.
Djokovic will see this loss as one other missed alternative at a calendar 12 months grand slam, which has solely been achieved by Rod Laver and Steffi Graf. The Serb had gained the primary three slams of the 12 months in 2021 and reached the US Open ultimate, however was uncharacteristically poor as he misplaced in straight units to Daniil Medvedev. This match towards Alcaraz had echoes of that haunting loss.
Regardless of approaching in years, Djokovic stays one of many fittest and most athletic gamers on the tour, and can stay a contender at each main match he enters. Alcaraz, who now possesses a profitable file towards the Serb, appears to have the solutions towards him, however only a few gamers on tour appear to in any other case.