World number ones lead the way on Wimbledon finals weekend
13 July 2015
In the end, the final weekend of action on Centre Court at The Wimbledon Championships was dominated by world number ones.
Saturday afternoon was all about the Serena Slam. The American tennis legend secured her sixth Wimbledon and her 21st Grand Slam title, overcoming Spaniard Garbiñe Muguruza 6-4, 6-4 in an hour and 23 minutes. The win now means that Serena holds all four Grand Slam tennis titles at the present moment, for the second time in her career. The 33-year old has records in her sights. If she secures the US Open at Indian Wells in September, she’ll have a calendar-year Grand Slam to her name. She will also equal Steffi Graff’s record of 22 Grand Slam titles. The next record for her to aim towards will be Margaret Court’s 24 Grand Slam titles, and a place in tennis folklore forever more.
On Sunday, messrs Djokovic and Federer took centre stage at Wimbledon to battle it out for the men’s title. The match was a continuation of the intriguing battle between the two players for the top spot in men’s tennis. Federer was aiming for a record eighth Wimbledon title, in which he would overcome Pete Sampras as the man with most titles to his name. It was perfectly poised, the two had faced each other 39 times, with Federer winning 20 to Djokovic’s 19. In the end, despite Federer’s strong performance, Djokovic demonstrated why he is currently Laureus World Sportsman of the Year by stepping his game up a level to complete a 7-6, 6-7, 6-4, 6-3 victory over the Swiss star.
During the post-match media duties, Federer congratulated his counterpart and highlighted his determination to come back and continue to improve.
Both Serena and Novak fulfilled their traditional duties at last night’s Champions dinner, transferring their footwork from Centre Court to centre stage at the London Guildhall. Could the superstars of men’s and women’s tennis be gracing the stage of the Laureus World Sports Awards 2016?