The 2019 Wimbledon championships have officially come to an end and it was a year of matches and results that will not soon be forgotten. On the men's side Novak Djokovic saved two championship points to beat Roger Federer in an historic final on Sunday. The Serbian was down two championship points in the fifth set as the eight-time Wimbledon champion Federer served at 8-7, 40/15. But Djokovic saved them both when Federer missed a forehand wide and Djokovic nailed a forehand pass. Then the Serbian, as he had done twice earlier in the match, locked down in the tie-break to celebrate his fifth Wimbledon title and keep Federer from becoming the oldest Grand Slam champion in the Open Era at 37 years, 340 days.
Djokovic beat Federer for the third time in a Wimbledon final (2014-15) and for the fifth consecutive time overall in their FedEx ATP Head2Head series (26-22). The Serbian also climbed ever closer to Federer's all-time Grand Slam title record of 20 with his 16th major championship title and has now won 33 of his past 34 Grand Slam matches and four of the past five major championships. To see highlights from the mens final click on the video below.
No.1 Simona Halep scored her second Grand Slam title at the All England Club on Saturday, stunning 23-time Grand Slam champion Serena Williams, 6-2, 6-2 to win Wimbledon.
"It feels good," she said to open her post-championship press conference. "I wanted this badly. When I started the tournament, I talked to the people from the locker room that my dream is to become a member here. So today it's real and I'm really happy."
The 2018 French Open champion was playing her first final at SW19 (and fifth overall), while Williams was aiming for an all-time record-tying 24th major title and eighth at Wimbledon, but it was the No.7 seed who secured victory after just 56 minutes on Centre Court. "I'm very sure that was the best match of my life, and also on grass against her is never easy. So I'm really proud of my game of today and the whole tournament." Halep had beaten Williams just once in 10 previous encounters - and the American avenged that 2014 BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore presented by SC Global round robin loss that same week, in the final - but all three of their Grand Slam meetings had gone the distance, including a three-set thriller at this year's Australian Open.
"I knew that I have to be aggressive, being 100% for every ball, that I don't have to let her come back to the match because she's so powerful and so strong. She knows how to manage every moment. So I knew that I have to stay there, which I did pretty well today,” said Halep.
In other news from the tournament the men's doubles trophy was lifted by Columbians Juan Sebastian Cabal & Robert Farah who were playing in their first final together and completed a spectacular final 6-7, 7-6, 7-6, 6-7, 6-3.
The women's doubles trophy was lifted by Su-Wei Hsieh and Barbora Strycova as they beat Xu Yifan and Gabriela Dabrowski 6-2, 6-4. Overall it was a fantastic competition and the ATP and WTA now turn to the hard court season in preparation for the US Open.
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