Picture Credit: Twitter

Picture Credit: Twitter

The World No. 2 and former Wimbledon champion Novak Djokovic had a hard time at the Centre Court on Sunday, July 16. The 23-time Grand Slam winner, Djokovic fought hard but could not prevail over the reigning World No. 1 Carlos Alcaraz. The Serbian went down 1-6, 7-6(6), 6-1, 3-6, 6-4 in a five-set thriller which went on for four hours and 42 minutes.

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However, following the loss, the veteran Serb was left in tears, ending his reign at the court for over a decade now. T he World No. 2 broke down after looking at his eight-year-old son Stefan who was standing smiling despite the loss at Wimbledon final against the Spaniard.

“It’s nice to see my son, still there, still smiling,” Djokovic said during the post-match presentation ceremony at the Centre Court. After a pause, the Serb continued as he said, “I love you. Thank you for supporting me. I’ll give you a big hug.”

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You deserve it: Novak hails Carlos Alcaraz after his five set win

The former Wimbledon champion Novak Djokovic started his speech at the Centre Court crediting the World No. 1 Carlos Alcaraz. The Serb, who was chasing his fifth successive Wimbledon title said, “What a quality at the end of the match when you had to serve it out.” “You deserve it. You came up with some big plays in the big situation and you absolutely deserve it. Amazing,” he further added.

With this win, the World No. 1 Carlos Alcaraz became the third youngest men’s champion to win the Wimbledon. He also became the third Spanish winner following Manuel Santana (1966) and Rafael Nadal (2008 and 2010).