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World No 1 Novak Djokovic saved two championship points in Wimbledon’s longest singles final to retain his title in a thrilling win over world No 2 Roger Federer.

Roger Federer led Novak Djokovic 8-7 40-15 on his serve in the final set but the Serb fought back to win 7-6 (7-5) 1-6 7-6 (7-4) 4-6 13-12 (7-3) in four hours and 57 minutes.

Novak Djokovic, 32, has won 16 Grand Slams – and four of the last five.

The Swiss said letting slip two championship points in his Wimbledon final loss to Novak Djokovic was “such an incredible opportunity missed”.

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It is the second time Roger Federer, 37, has been involved in the longest singles final at Wimbledon – and ended up losing too – after he was beaten by Rafael Nadal in 2008.

Roger Federer has lost his past five meetings with Novak Djokovic in Grand Slams, last beating the Serb at Wimbledon in 2012.

He still holds the all-time men’s Grand Slam record of 20 singles titles but Novak Djokovic now has 16 with Rafael Nadal on 18.

Roger Federer, who during Wimbledon set two new landmarks in winning his 100th match at the championships and his 350th match at a Grand Slam, said holding the record was not what motivated him as a player.


Former world  No 1tennis player Simona Halep won her first Wimbledon title after beating another former No 1, Serena Williams.

The Romanian crushed Serena Williams’ latest bid for a record-equaling 24th Grand Slam success with a devastating 56-minute display of athleticism.

Simona Halep, 27, won 6-2,6-2, in front of an incredulous Centre Court, running after everything the American threw at her.

“It was my best match,” she said after her second Grand Slam title following her 2018 French Open success.

For Serena Williams, 37, it was a third major final defeat in 12 months.

“She played out of her mind, it was a little bit deer in the headlights for me,” she said.

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Serena Williams, like in last year’s final defeat by Angelique Kerber, seemed weighed down by public and personal expectations as she quickly fell 4-0 behind in the opening set.

Simona Halep had said beforehand that she had no pressure on her and that is exactly how she played.

Defeat means Serena Williams’ wait for a first Grand Slam title since becoming a mum continues, as does her pursuit of an eighth Wimbledon singles title.

Simona Halep had lost nine of her previous 10 meetings with Serena Williams.

She has now won the past two Grand Slam finals she has appeared in, having been defeated in the three before that. Serena Williams has lost her past three.

Although 56 minutes is a quick victory, it is some way off the fastest Grand Slam final win – Steffi Graf’s 34-minute French Open win of 1988.

Simona Halep, who began the championships as world No 7, will rise to No 4 when the next rankings are published on Monday, July 15.


Angelique Kerber stunned world No 1 Serena Williams in three sets to win her first Grand Slam title at the Australian Open.

The 28-year-old has become the first German since Steffi Graf in 1999 to win a Grand Slam title.

Angelique Kerber, seeded seventh, won a thrilling final 6-4 3-6 6-4 at Melbourne Park.

The 28-year-old is the first German to win a major singles title since Steffi Graf at the 1999 French Open.

Serena Williams, 34, was beaten for just the fifth time in 26 Grand Slam finals, and the American missed the chance to tie Steffi Graf’s open-era record of 22 titles.

Angelique Kerber, who saved a match point in her first-round win over Misaki Doi, will move up to No 2 in the world rankings.

She had won just one of six previous matches against Serena Williams and was making her Grand Slam final debut, but she was the better player over two hours and eight minutes on Rod Laver Arena.

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She led Serena Williams in the ace count until the latter stages, limiting her to just seven overall, while the American racked up 46 errors to just 13 by Kerber.

Serena Williams made 23 mistakes in the first set alone – sparking memories of her desperately nervous display in losing to Roberta Vinci at the US Open in September 2015 – and Angelique Kerber took full advantage to claim it after 39 minutes.

However, the defending champion cut her error count to just five in the second set and claimed it thanks to a single break in game four.

Angelique Kerber twice moved ahead in the decider and a stunning sixth game saw the German produce two fine drop shots and win a breathtaking 19-stroke rally to cling on to her serve and edge closer to victory.

Nerves took hold and she was broken while serving for the match, but she launched into the Williams serve once again and clinched the title when the world number one sent a volley long.

Angelique Kerber said afterwards that being able to say she was a Grand Slam champion “sounds crazy”.

“It’s my dream come. I worked for this my whole life,” said the German.

“It’s been such an up and down two weeks, I was match point down in the first round and had one foot in the plane to Germany.

“Now I have beaten Serena and won the championship. I have so many emotions, so many thoughts, but all of them good ones.”

Serena Williams was gracious in defeat, telling Angelique Kerber: “Angie, congratulations. You deserve this and I’m so happy for you. I really hope you enjoy this moment.”


Novak Djokovic beat Roger Federer in four sets to win his second US Open and 10th Grand Slam title.

The world No 1 won 6-4 5-7 6-4 6-4 in New York, and will end the year with three of the four tennis majors.

Novak Djokovic, 28, held his nerve in front of a heavily pro-Federer crowd at Flushing Meadows.

Roger Federer, 34, had been hoping to win his 18th major title and first for three years.

In a raucous night session on Arthur Ashe Stadium, after the start of play was delayed by more than three hours because of rain, the Swiss looked to have a real chance in the third set.

However, Novak Djokovic broke the Federer serve six times and saved 19 of 23 break points as he battled his way to a 27th win in 28 Grand Slam matches this year.Novak Djokovic wins US Open 2015

Novak Djokovic took another step towards joining the very best in history with a 10th major title, moving him within one of Bjorn Borg and Rod Laver in the all-time list.

Defeat by Stan Wawrinka in the French Open final in June means Novak Djokovic was just one win short of completing the first calendar Grand Slam in men’s tennis since Laver in 1969.

“It’s been an incredible season, next to 2011 the best of my life,” said Novak Djokovic.

He won three Grand Slam titles four years ago.

“I’m enjoying this year more than I did any previous one because I’m a husband and a father, and that makes it sweeter.”

Five-time champion Roger Federer was playing his first US Open final since 2009, and drew one of the loudest cheers of the night when he told the crowd: “I’ll see you guys next year.”

Roger Federer said it was “always tough” facing Novak Djokovic, adding: “I think we both walk away from it knowing more about our games and more about each other.

“I’m pleased with where my game is at.”

Serena Williams won this year’s French Open final against Czech 13th seed Lucie Safarova to claim her 20th Grand Slam title.

WTA No 1 Serena Williams, 33, needed two hours and one minute to win 6-3 6-7 (2-7) 6-2 at Roland Garros.

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Lucie Safarova, who played her first Grand Slam final, led by a break in the decider but Serena Williams won the last six games.

Serena Williams becomes the third player – male or female – to win 20 major singles titles.

Only Germany’s Steffi Graf on 22 has won more since the open era began in 1968, with Australia’s Margaret Court collecting 24 between 1960 and 1973.

Victory at Wimbledon in July would see Serena Williams hold all four major titles at once, having managed the feat already in 2003.


Serena Williams has won her sixth US Open and 18th Grand Slam title after beating Caroline Wozniacki in straight sets, 6-3 6-3, at Flushing Meadows in New York.

After a poor start from both players, Serena Williams steadied herself to take the first set and found something approaching her best form to dominate the second.

The victory moves her to joint-fourth in the all-time list of major winners, alongside Martina Navratilova and Chris Evert.

Serena Williams, 32, has now won three successive titles at the US Open, the scene of her first Grand Slam triumph 15 years ago.

Serena Williams has won her sixth US Open and 18th Grand Slam title

Serena Williams has won her sixth US Open and 18th Grand Slam title (photo Getty Images)

“It was a really wonderful feeling,” said Serena Williams, who was joined by Navratilova and Evert for the trophy presentation, when she also collected $4 million in prize money.

“I couldn’t have finished things in a better way. It is a pleasure for me to win here, I am really emotional. I couldn’t ask to do it at a better place.”

Caroline Wozniacki, a close friend of Serena Williams, said: “Congratulations to Serena. She really deserved it today and played better than me.

“She is an inspiration to me on and off the court and an unbelievable friend – and you definitely owe drinks later!”

Serena Williams arrived in New York having failed to make it past the fourth round of a Grand Slam in 2014, but the American looked a class apart throughout the two weeks at Flushing Meadows.

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Serb Novak Djokovic won his fourth Australian Open title after beating Briton Andy Murray in Melbourne final.

Novak Djokovic, 25, was the stronger man over three hours and 40 minutes, winning 6-7 (2-7) 7-6 (7-3) 6-3 6-2, as Andy Murray struggled to cope with blistered feet and an increasingly rampant opponent.

“I played a good second set,” said Andy Murray.

“I created quite a few chances, but didn’t quite get them. That was the difference.”

And despite admitting that the blister “hurt when I ran”, he insisted: “It had no bearing at all on the result.”

Novak Djokovic secured his sixth Grand Slam title and became the first man in 46 years to win for three years running in Melbourne.

“It’s an incredible feeling winning this trophy again,” said the champion.

“It’s definitely my favourite Grand Slam, my most successful Grand Slam. I love this court.”

After losing an opening set he probably should have won, with five break points to none for Andy Murray, the top seed turned the tables in the second by grabbing the tie-break.

Novak Djokovic won his fourth Australian Open title after beating Andy Murray in Melbourne final

Novak Djokovic won his fourth Australian Open title after beating Andy Murray in Melbourne final

Andy Murray had been in charge but was disrupted when serving at 2-2, a feather floating down onto the court following a missed first serve, and after removing it he promptly double-faulted and smacked a forehand wide.

He won just one more point in the tie-break as Novak Djokovic took control to level after two hours and 13 minutes of action.

The physicality of the contest appeared to be taking its toll when Andy Murray then required treatment for blisters at the changeover.

He failed to capitalise on 0-40 at the start of the third and that proved to be the decisive moment as he began to grimace between points, clearly struggling to move freely.

It took two hours and 52 minutes of absorbing but rarely thrilling tennis for the first break of serve to arrive, and it went to Novak Djokovic.

A thumping forehand into the corner set him on the way at 4-3, and despite saving two break points from 0-40, Andy Murray could not resist any longer and netted a forehand.

Novak Djokovic went on a run of eight out of nine games as he moved two sets to one up and the Briton’s serve unravelled, the double-fault count rising to five after just two in his other six matches in Melbourne.

Unhappy with the umpire for not clamping down on shouts from the crowd, and with his movement hindered, Andy Murray cut a dispirited figure as Novak Djokovic powered towards another major win.

In marked contrast to his opponent, the Serb was relishing the closing stages and romped home towards match point, one delicious drop shot verging on the cruel.

Novak Djokovic wrapped it up on serve when Andy Murray netted a backhand and did a jig of delight on court before heading over to celebrate with his support team.

With six Grand Slam victories, he matches the likes of Boris Becker, Stefan Edberg, Don Budge and Jack Crawford in the all-time list – and there could be plenty more to come.

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Belarusian Victoria Azarenka retained her Australian Open title and kept hold of the world number one spot with victory over Li Na in the Melbourne final.

Victoria Azarenka, 23, came back from a set down to win 4-6 6-4 6-3 on a cool and blustery evening on Rod Laver Arena.

In a scrappy match, Victoria Azarenka proved the stronger in the closing stages after Li Na rolled her ankle twice and hit her head in two heavy falls.

The victory brought Victoria Azarenka her second Grand Slam title after last year’s win at Melbourne Park, and ensured she will not be overtaken by Serena Williams in the next world rankings.

“I will always keep a very special memory of this court and you will be in my heart forever,” Victoria Azarenka told the crowd in her post-match on-court interview.

However, it was Li Na who carried most of the support throughout the final, due in part to Victoria Azarenka’s controversial medical timeout in her semi-final against Sloane Stephens.

Victoria Azarenka had been accused of gamesmanship, despite later insisting the timeout had been necessary because of breathing difficulties.

Either way, the negative attention she garnered in the build-up to the final only added to the support for the already popular Li Na.

The Chinese player had marginally the better of a desperately scrappy first set of 32 errors and 16 winners between the pair.

Li Na was much the more effective on the return and after recovering from 5-2 down to 5-4, Victoria Azarenka double-faulted on set point, summing up her evening to that point.

Victoria Azarenka retained her Australian Open title and kept hold of the world number one spot with victory over Li Na in the Melbourne final

Victoria Azarenka retained her Australian Open title and kept hold of the world number one spot with victory over Li Na in the Melbourne final

A few calls from the boisterous Australia Day crowd probably did not help, although at times it appeared that Li was as distracted by her own vociferous supporters.

Victoria Azarenka made a strong start to the second set with a double break as Li Na’s famously unreliable radar went haywire, but the sixth seed was battling back when at 3-2 down when she suffered a fall.

She hobbled back to the chair and took a medical timeout of her own to get her left ankle taped, leaving Victoria Azarenka to don her tracksuit top and practise a few serves.

It looked as though the timeout had worked against Victoria Azarenka this time when Li Na came out firing with five points in a row, but the top seed clung on from 0-40 to stay ahead.

Li Na then offered up four errors in a row to give Victoria Azarenka the break at 5-4, and she closed out the set to force a decider.

After breaks were swapped at the start, Li Na looked to be regaining some sort of control at 2-1 up only to be interrupted for nine minutes by the annual Australia Day fireworks display.

Disaster struck on the resumption, when Li Na crashed to the ground during the first point and rolled the same ankle, before cracking her head on the court as she fell.

The sixth seed looked dazed, although she did manage a thin smile when her face appeared on the big screen, but she needed another timeout, and again Victoria Azarenka went through an unexpected practice routine.

Li Na resumed firing forehands but Victoria Azarenka held on to her serve at 2-2 and then got the decisive break in game five, hanging on to it when Li squandered a break point at 4-3 down.

After struggling to hold on to her serve in the early stages, Victoria Azarenka was now attacking her opponent’s with similar gusto.

The world number one avoided having to serve out when Li Na floated a forehand long on championship point, Victoria Azarenka dropping her racquet and burying her face in her hands in celebration.

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Serena Williams overcame Agnieszka Radwanska to clinch a hard-fought 6-1 5-7 6-2 victory and earn her fifth Wimbledon singles title.

Serena Williams, 30, a winner in 2002, 2003, 2009 and 2010, had eased through the opener with Agnieszka Radwanska rarely threatening to pierce her defences.

But the Pole regrouped as rain delayed the second set, and clawed back a break before swooping late to win the second.

Serena Williams broke twice in the decider to finally kill off Agnieszka Radwanska’s comeback.

It is Serena Williams’ 14th Grand Slam title and her first since spending almost a year out of action between summer 2010 and 2011 with a leg injury and subsequent pulmonary embolism.

“I can’t even describe it. I almost didn’t make it a few years ago,” she said after her win, referring to her health problems.

“I was in hospital but now I’m here again and it was so worth it. I’m so happy.

“Aggie played so well and that’s why she’s had such a great career and she’s so young.”

Serena Williams overcame Agnieszka Radwanska and won fifth Wimbledon singles title

Serena Williams overcame Agnieszka Radwanska and won fifth Wimbledon singles title

Such an absorbing finish seemed highly unlikely as Serena Williams demolished Agnieszka Radwanska in the opening set, raising the fear that her opponent was struggling with a respiratory illness that forced her to call off a news conference on Friday.

The world number three seemed to lack the energy to realise her hopes of countering Serena Williams’ clubbing baseline power with guile and touch.

A brief rain shower appeared to have opposite effects on the pair however, as Agnieszka Radwanska emerged revitalized and Serena Williams’ forehand grew increasingly erratic.

Serena Williams broke to love in the third game with a walloped return winner, but her nerves tightened and Agnieszka Radwanska raised her game just in time to avert a seemingly inevitable straight-sets win.

Agnieszka Radwanska forced break point for the first time in the match to level at 4-4 and the crowd threw their support behind her renaissance.

Suddenly Agnieszka Radwanska’s scurrying and fetching was asking questions and Williams, apparently beset by mental demons, crashed into the net from midcourt to send the match into a decider.

Serena Williams had lost only four of the previous 194 Grand Slam matches in which she won the opening set however, and reasserted her authority to protect that record and accelerate away from Agnieszka Radwanska.

Agnieszka Radwanska saw off two break points to hold for a 2-1 lead, but Serena Williams served out in less than a minute in the following game and was not to be denied in the next.

A cute drop shot moved her a double break and 5-2 clear and Serena Williams kept any lingering jitters at bay to serve out before dropping to the turf in delight.

Her victory is the first time the title has been won by a woman over 30 since Martina Navratilova’s triumph in 1990 and restores Victoria Azarenka, the Belarussian she beat in the semi-final, to the world number one spot.

Serena Williams also served a total of 102 aces en route to lifting the Venus Rosewater Dish – more than any other woman has managed in a single Wimbledon campaign.

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