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Novak finishes as Wimbledon runner-up in epic remaining – Novak Djokovic

Nole is the 2023 Wimbledon runner-up.

High seed Carlos Alcaraz ended Novak’s dominance at The Championships, as he beat the second seed in 5 units 1-6, 7-6 (6), 6-1, 3-6, 6-4 to win males’s singles title for the primary time.

Each gamers delivered a high-quality championship-match show, with the defending champion, Djokovic, making a robust begin to take the opening set 6-1.

The 20-year-old Spaniard dug deep to clinch an important second-set tie-break, and stored the momentum to seize the third set as effectively, with three breaks of serve.

Novak, the seven-time titlist, raised his sport once more within the fourth set, and made a double break to degree the competition, bringing the all-time traditional remaining to the deciding fifth set.

The essential second got here within the third sport, when Alcaraz broke and held to like to consolidate it. The Spaniard, who will stay world no.1, discovered huge serves and highly effective forehands every time he wanted them, to serve out the match of his life.

“You by no means prefer to lose matches like this however I suppose when all of the feelings are settled I’ve to nonetheless be very grateful,” stated Djokovic throughout his on-court speech. “I received many robust matches right here. Perhaps I’ve received a few finals I ought to have misplaced so possibly that is even-steven. It’s a robust one to swallow if you find yourself so shut. I misplaced to a greater participant, I’ve to congratulate him, and transfer on – stronger hopefully. I’ve to reward Carlos and his crew. What a top quality on the finish of the match while you needed to serve it out. You got here up with some huge performs within the huge scenario and also you completely deserve it. Superb.”

Match statistics: aces (2-9), double faults (3-7), winners (32-66), unforced errors (40-45), whole factors received (166-167).

After a few weeks off, Novak will start preparations for the US Open Sequence (Nationwide Financial institution Open Introduced by Rogers in Toronto, Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati and the final Grand Slam in 2023 – the US Open).

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