Wimbledon 2015: What have we learnt?

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Updated: July 13, 2015

The 129th Wimbledon Championships came to a close once again on Sunday night but what have we learnt in the last fortnight?

 

We witnessed the world No. 1 Novak Djokovic retain the grass court title for the first time in his career after overcoming the great Roger Federer in four sets (7-6, 6-7, 6-4, 6-3).

 

Another big name went onto succeed at the legendary Centre Court as Serena Williams continued her bid to make 2015 a ‘slam year’ – adding Wimbledon to the victories at the Australian and French Open.

 

British tennis is getting somewhere

Heather Watson

This year’s Wimbledon tournament was British No. 1 Andy Murray’s decade anniversary since making his debut in 2005.

 

Throughout the era, Murray has been the only tennis player Britons have mentioned and supported since the retirements of close but no cigar’s Tim Henman and Greg Rusedski.

 

Every time Murray’s Wimbledon run had ended, there was never a second British name for the home crowd to back.

 

But this year, the faces of James Ward, Liam Broady and Heather Watson have given the future of British tennis a little hope and excitement.

 

Ward, who has proved to be a big impact in the Davis Cup team, reached the third round which was the 28-year-old’s highest finish at a Grand Slam. The significant campaign has placed the man from London in the top 100 rankings.

 

Williams was close to conceding defeat to Watson but overcame the scare after trailing 0-3 in the final deciding set. The strong performance from Watson showed she can challenge champions.

 

Who knows what these British hopefuls can achieve in the next 12 months.

 

Gasquet – the king of back hand

Gasquet v Wawrinka

Richard Gasquet is a name many thought would not be a strong contention at a major level. The odds were very low for the Frenchman to reach the semi-finals at SW19 for the second time when you compare Milos Raonic, Kei Nishikori and Tomas Berdych.

 

The back hand ability of Gasquet was proving to be a vital part of the 29-year-old’s display. His real test on the left arm came when French Open winner Stanislas Wawrinka approached the other side of the net.

 

The Swiss man looked to be the favourite but it didn’t affect Gasquet as both players fought a back hand dual throughout the five sets.

 

Each time Wawrinka took the lead Gasquet fought back as the match was eventually won by the 2013 US Open semi-finalist after 20 games were played in the fifth.

 

Gasquet used his special power in the semi-final clash with Djokovic. Although the Frenchman was outclassed, Gasquet has reminded fans of the sport there is still ambition in upsetting doubters.

 

Age is still just a number for Federer 

Roger Federer

 

Did anyone really doubt him?

 

In 2014, many thought Roger Federer’s chances of lifting the Wimbledon trophy more occasions than any other player had hit a dead end when finishing second best to Djokovic.

 

The heartbreaking defeat 12 months ago made the 33-year-old more determined than ever to do one better.

 

Throughout the first week, Federer only dropped a set in the third round and was wrapping up matches within a couple of hours.

 

The best example of Federer’s Wimbledon 2015 campaign will be the semi-final battle with Murray. Three years ago, the man from Basel would have been the favourite in the build-up to the fixture but this time the 2013 champion was in the similar position.

 

Murray played very well but did not describe the straight set defeat as Federer was performing on another level. The grass court spirit of Federer’s old dominance was looking to making a come back until defeat struck in the final to the world No. 1.

 

Serena is unstoppable

 

You would find it hard to believe Williams’ success at this year’s Wimbledon was for the first time since her last victory over Agnieszka Radwanska in 2012.

 

Facts don’t lie but Serena this time was not going to let it get to her.

 

The world No. 1 did not make it look so easy in the run-up to the final by having to create magnificent comebacks against Watson and old rival Victoria Azarenka.

 

The 33-year-old won the final in straight sets against an in-experienced Garbine Muguruza.

 

As Williams fights to fly past Steffi Graf’s tally of 22 Grand Slams, it is looking more likely with the first three majors under her belt before she becomes the favourite to claim a 7th US Open title.

 

Williams’ straight set victory over world No. 2 Maria Sharapova in the semis makes you ask the question, is anyone on the same step as Serena?

 

 

Novak is looking better than ever

Djokovic retains the Wimbledon title with a more promising performance.

 

The 2014 final with the Serb and Federer was incredibly close with the final set having the next break wins scenario on Centre Court.

 

But 12 months on, Djokovic looked even stronger on grass court finishing the job off in four sets against the same opponent.

 

Many pundits including Andy Roddick said in the build-up to the final Djokovic did not look convincing in the run-up over the past two weeks including the two sets down come back over Kevin Anderson.

 

The Serb showed some weaknesses in the opening set to Federer but denied the Swiss man to take an early lead. The 28-year-old just would not give up on any point.

 

The glory at Wimbledon helped Djokovic put the French Open defeat in June behind him.

 

With Federer respectively being Djokovic’s rival, the world No. 1 could be set to dominate the racquet sport for months or perhaps years to come.


 

 

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