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Carlos Alcaraz ends Novak Djokovic’s Wimbledon reign

TOP seed Carlos Alcaraz came from a set down to dethrone seven-time winner Novak Djokovic 1-6, 7-6, 6-1, 3-6, 6-4 in the Wimbledon men’s singles final today.

The Spaniard has now claimed his second Grand Slam title following his triumph at the US Open last year.

At 20 years old Alcaraz has become the third youngest man to win the Wimbledon title in the Open Era after Boris Becker and Bjorn Borg.

Alcaraz is also the third Spanish man to win the title after Manuel Santana (1966) Rafael Nadal (2008 and 2010).

With the win, Alcaraz ended 36-year-old Djokovic’s reign at Wimbledon. The Serb had been unbeaten on Centre Court for a decade but today he finally met his match in the mentally and physically strong Spanish youngster.

After Alcaraz had broken for a 2-1 lead in the fifth set with a passing shot winner, Djokovic smashed his racket against the wooden net post in frustration to leave it in a mangled mess.

That earned Djokovic a second warning in the match, with the 23-time Grand Slam winner also being cautioned earlier for taking too much time to launch into his serves.

However, Alcaraz was not distracted and held his nerve to secure the big win.

Afterwards, Alcaraz was full of respect for his legendary opponent, acknowledging his status as one of the greats.

“You inspire me a lot. I started playing tennis, watching you, since I was born, you already were winning tournaments. It’s amazing – you said 36 is the new 26 and you make that happen,” the new champion said.

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