In a hard-fought final at the All England Club, 20 year old Carlos Alcaraz delivered a remarkable comeback performance to halt Novak Djokovic’s historic 34-match winning streak and claim victory at Wimbledon.
Alcaraz clinched a thrilling 1-6, 7-6 (6), 6-1, 3-6, 6-4 win over Djokovic in a gruelling four-hour, 42-minute battle, capturing his maiden Wimbledon championship and second Grand Slam trophy overall.
Alcaraz, currently ranked No. 1 in the world, not only denied Djokovic a record-tying eighth Wimbledon title but also prevented the Serbian legend from securing his 24th career major.
The young Spaniard’s resilience and determination shone through as he rebounded from a slow start and surged in the later stages of the match.
— Wimbledon (@Wimbledon) July 16, 2023
In his post-match speech, Alcaraz described the win as “a dream come true”.
“I said before, it’s great to win but even if I had lost, I would be really proud of myself, making history in this beautiful tournament, playing against a legend of our sport. For me, it’s incredible,” he said.
“For a boy, 20 years old, I didn’t expect to reach these situations so fast. I’m really proud of myself; I’m really proud of the team that I have, the work that we do every day to be able to live this experience.”
Djokovic appeared humble in defeat as he praised Alcaraz for his “amazing” performance.
“Good afternoon everyone. Not so good for me, but good for Carlos,” he began.
“I thought I’d only have trouble with you on clay and hard court, not grass. But it’s a different story from this year. Congrats, an amazing way to adapt to the surface.
“You never like to lose matches like this. I guess when all the emotions are settled I have to still be very grateful.”
Djokovic became visibly emotional when he thanked his family for their continued love and support.
“Nice to see my son still up there, smiling,” Djokovic said.
“I love you. Thank you for supporting me. I’ll give you a big hug.”
Alcaraz’s historic victory over Djokovic sparked a wave of praise, with social media flooded with celebratory messages and accolades for the young tennis sensation.
Congratulations to No.1 Carlos
— Thang Kuki (@Thangneikhup3) July 16, 2023
VAMOS CARLOS!!!! You are the Champion of Wimbledon 2023 What an incredible match. Take a bow gentlemen. Thank you for the entertainment.
— Chandan Ganwani (@chandan_ganwani) July 16, 2023
Never seen anyone play this well at his age.. Dude is amazing
— Y-Quake (@YQuake) July 16, 2023
What a match ???? Congratulations ????
— Niroshan$Don (@niroshan682) July 16, 2023
A fantastic match to equal the very best of Wimbledon finals and a worthy winner.
— Harvey Mills (@HarvRM) July 16, 2023
With his first Wimbledon title secured, Alcaraz has announced himself as a force to be reckoned with on the court as fans and tennis enthusiasts eagerly await what is next for the sporting sensation.